Putting Smiles On More Faces

    McGuinty Government Supporting Just For Laughs Toronto Festival

    TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ -


    The internationally renowned Just for Laughs festival in Toronto runs
until July 26th.
    This year Just for Laughs (http://hahaha.com/en/) is expanding its free
outdoor performances which will take place in the Yonge-Dundas Square. Last
year the programming attracted more than 60,000 people.
    Free events this year will also include international acts from France,
England, Spain and the United States and feature circus troupes, acrobatics
and live theatre.
    The province is providing $200,000 through the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund, which helps develop, promote and present unique events and
exhibitions. Ontario is home to more than 3,000 festivals and events, which
contribute millions of dollars to the economy each year.


    "Festivals like Just for Laughs help bring smiles to the faces of our
visitors and provide a boost to the local economy," said Culture Minister
Aileen Carroll. "Ontario is pleased to help make this event accessible to more
people by supporting and promoting the expansion of free outdoor

    "Just For Laughs is truly taking it to the streets of Toronto and the
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund will help to make that happen" said
Dr. Murray Frum, OCAF Chair.

    "We're pleased that the Ontario government recognizes the contribution
our festival makes to the tourism industry. Ontario's support helps ensure
this festival will grow and stay in Toronto for many years to come," said
Just For Laughs Chief Operating Officer Bruce Hills.


    -   Just For Laughs has been a popular festival in Montreal for over
        25 years. In 2007, it successfully launched itself in Toronto as a
        three-day pilot project.
    -   Organizers project this year's festival will attract a minimum of
        90,000 visitors to ticketed events, which include performances by
        Canadian comedian Martin Short and Seinfeld star Jason Alexander.
    -   The culture sector generates almost $20 billion of Ontario's Gross
        Domestic Product.


    Find out more about Just For Laughs (http://hahaha.com/en/).

    Discover other things to do in Ontario (http://www.ontariotravel.net)
    this summer.

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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Lisa Robart, Communications Branch, (416) 212-3928

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