New presenting sponsor and programming for Toronto's 2008 WinterCity Festival

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - The award-winning WinterCity Festival returns
for its 5th year with new presenting sponsor RBC, offering a city-wide
celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine from January 25 - February 7,
    Toronto Mayor David Miller, joined by Jennifer Tory of RBC, kicked off
the WinterCity season by each donating a mitten that had lost its mate to the
"Lost Mitten Project." The art installation can be viewed inside the RBC
WinterCity Lodge, an urban haven that will heat up Nathan Phillips Square
during the Festival. Residents are invited to bring both single mittens for
the art project, and pairs of mittens to be donated to charity, to City Hall
before or during the 14-day festival.
    "Winter in Toronto can be such a magical time - and there's no better way
to get out and enjoy everything this city has to offer than during the
WinterCity Festival," said Mayor Miller. "I am excited to welcome aboard RBC
as the Festival's new presenting sponsor and thank them for their invaluable
support in sponsoring an event that showcases our city's incredible wealth of
performers and attractions."
    "At RBC we help Canadians achieve their financial goals, but we also
consider ourselves in the business of helping build stronger communities,"
said Jennifer Tory, Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, RBC. "We are
privileged to support community events such as WinterCity, which brighten our
winter and bring people together to celebrate all that Toronto has to offer."
    A celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine, WinterCity is three
festivals in one: the WOW! Series at Nathan Phillips Square; the Warm Up
Series at Toronto's cultural and tourist attractions; and the ever-popular
restaurant promotion, Winterlicious presented by American Express.

    WOW! Series at Nathan Phillips Square:

    Featuring six days of free outdoor spectacle shows, live music concerts
and performing arts throughout Nathan Phillips Square and in City Hall, the
2008 WOW! Series will feature the North American Premieres of two of Europe's
most innovative and compelling theatrical and artistic troupes. Theater Gajes
from the Netherlands will bring their award-winning open-air theatre to
Toronto to tell the fantastical story of "Alice in Wonderland." France's Cie
Carabosse will transform Nathan Phillips Square with the enchanting "Nights of
Fire" installation, which will fill the Square with warmth and light as fire
sculptures made from 1,500 clay pots are individually lit until they all burn
in unison.
    Weekends in the square are full of free entertainment for everyone. The
free concert series on Saturday nights will feature Canadian crowd favourites
Tokyo Police Club and The Weakerthans. New for 2008, the RBC WinterCity Lodge
will offer festival goers a chance to warm up by the fire with a warm drink
while enjoying cool entertainment, including Friday night comedy shows,
Saturday night DJ dance parties, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon family
entertainment. Skating parties on the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink, movies
by BravoFACT!, a barbecue tailgate party and sky-high acrobatics by the RBC
Flying Canucks round out two full weekends of free programming.

    Warmup Series at Toronto attractions:

    Offering dazzling performances and discounts to some of Toronto's leading
cultural and tourist attractions, this year's exciting new programming
includes: a Bunch Family Dance Party at nightclub CIRCA, a Mix, Match &
Scratch Seminar at Scratch Lab DJ Institute, poetry readings, exclusive dance
performances and unique dining experiences at some of Toronto's favourite
attractions, plus special promotions and discounts at 18 other exciting

    Winterlicious at Toronto restaurants:

    The hugely popular prix-fixe restaurant promotion presented by American
Express and a highlight of the WinterCity experience, Winterlicious returns
with 130 participating restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe menus at
$15 or $20 for lunch and $25 or $35 for dinner. American Express Cardmembers
can go to the "Front Of The Line" to book early reservations on January 8 and
9, 2008. Winterlicious reservations will be available to the general public
starting January 10, 2008. New restaurants to the city-wide lineup include:
Senses, C5 at the ROM, Seven on the Danforth, and Edward Levesque's on Queen
St. E.
    New for 2008 is the Winterlicious Chef Series - a one-of-a-kind culinary
experience for Toronto's foodies. The Chef Series will feature some of
Toronto's best chefs, including Claudio Aprile of Colborne Lane, Didier Leroy
of Didier, Guy Rubino of rain and David Lee of Splendido, who will combine
their talents with national and international counterparts to share their
visions for the ultimate dining experience.
    In addition, residents and visitors can enjoy seven unique Winterlicious
culinary events featuring an array of one-of-a-kind ticketed experiences
hosted by some of Toronto's finest restaurants and venues.
    For more information about WinterCity and other events produced by
Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit Background information and photos of featured
artists, performers and chefs, including a list of participating restaurants
and attractions are available at

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Giannina Warren, Toronto
Special Events, (416) 395-7318,; Alexis Mantell, Manager,
Public Affairs and Media Relations, RBC, (416) 974-4796,

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