Toronto events add sizzle to the summer season



    Hotel packages starting from $89

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Discover summer in Toronto with a full line-up
of festival celebrations, dramatic performing arts and edge-of-your-seat
sports action for only $89 per night.  This summer season Toronto has
something for everyone.
    "Summer in the city is best enjoyed on a patio, or at one of the dozens
of outstanding festivals," said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Tourism
Toronto. "Toronto is a bustling short escape from the everyday and we welcome
our friends from near and far to come and discover."

    
    20 of the hottest festivals are in full-swing in Toronto:
    -   Scotiabank Caribana (June 15 - August 3)
    -   Toronto Nautical Festival (June 19 - 22)
    -   Pride Festival (June 20 - 29)
    -   TELUS Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (June 21 - 22)
    -   Harbourfront Centre World Routes 2008 (June 27 to September 1)
    -   TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival (June 20 - 29)
    -   Toronto Ribfest (June 27- July 1)
    -   Canada Dry Festival of Fire (June 28 - July 5)
    -   Toronto Fringe Festival (July 2 - 13)
    -   Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival (July 12-13)
    -   Summerlicious (July 4 - 20)
    -   Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (July 11 - 13)
    -   Beaches International Jazz Festival (July 18 - 27)
    -   Toronto International BrazilFest 2008 (July 20)
    -   Just for Laughs Festival (July 23 - 27)
    -   Irie Music Festival (August 1 - 4)
    -   Krinos Taste of the Danforth (August 8 - 10)
    -   Markham Jazz Festival (August 15 - 17)
    -   Toronto International Buskerfest (August 21 - 24)
    -   Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival (September 5 - 7)
    

    A full calendar of summer events in Toronto is available at
www.visitTorontonow.com.

    Sports action all summer long:

    Blue Jays Baseball, Toronto FC (MLS) at BMO Field, Rogers Cup tennis at
the Rexall Centre, the Toronto Argonauts, and new to the scene, the Buffalo
Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers pre-season game at Rogers Centre. Further
details available at www.visitTorontonow.com.

    Summer discoveries begin with:

    Stingray Bay: A Touching Experience(*) at the Toronto Zoo, Behemoth at
Canada's Wonderland(*), Facing Mars: Would you survive the journey?(*) at the
Ontario Science Centre, the Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival at Ontario Place,
the Royal Ontario Museum's Darwin Exhibition, and the Canadian National
Exhibition (CNE) at Exhibition Place.

    
    (*) Further details and package information is available at
        www.visitTorontonow.com or call 1.800.205.7638.
    

    On stage now:

    Dirty Dancing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Avenue Q at the Elgin
Theatre, Jersey Boys at Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, We Will Rock
You at the Panasonic Theatre, Going Bananas! at Famous People Players, Little
Shop of Horrors and the Canadian Explosion: A Musical Revue at Stage West
Mississauga, Evil Dead: The Musical at the Diesel Playhouse, Dancing with the
Stars Can be Murder at Mysteriously Yours... Mystery Theatre, Hamlet at the
Stratford Theatre Festival and Shakespearean classics in the open-air at
CanStage's TD Dream in High Park with a Midsummer Night's Dream. Further
details available at www.visitTorontonow.com.

    
    Savvy travel tips:

    -   Kids Travel Free offer on VIA Rail from June 1 to September 15.
        Travellers over 18 purchasing a senior, student (18+), youth (18 to
        25), or adult-fare ticket in VIA's Comfort Class (economy) can bring
        a child ages 2-11 for free. Book tickets by calling 1-888-VIA-RAIL or
        visiting any VIA Rail station.

    -   A handy City Pass lets travellers skip long lines to six of Toronto's
        best attractions for one low price of $61/adult and $41/child, a
        value of $119. Order online at www.citypass.com or purchase at any of
        the participating attractions.

    -   TTC Family Pass - offers families unlimited travel for an entire day
        on Toronto's local transit system for $9 per day on weekends.

    -   15% discount at The Bay (downtown locations on Queen Street and Bloor
        Street) for out-of-town guests. Discount cards are available at the
        Guest Services desk at either location with an out-of-town ID.

    -   Hotel Packages available through Tourism Toronto start at $89.95 per
        night including breakfast. For more information visit
        www.visitTorontonow.com or call 1.800.205.7638.
    

    About Tourism Toronto

    Tourism Toronto, Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association, is an
industry association of more than 1,200 members established to sell and market
the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists around the
globe. For more information please visit www.visitTorontonow.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Justine Palinska, Tourism
Toronto, jpalinska@torcvb.com, (416) 987-1739


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