Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

June 17, 2005 12:10 ET

Parc Downsview Park Inc.: International Caravan 2005 Cancelled

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 17, 2005) - It is with regret that Parc Downsview Park (PDP) Inc. announced today that Metro Toronto International Caravan and Mondante Ltd., organizers of International Caravan 2005 have been unable to fulfill the basic contractual obligations, under which PDP agreed to host the event, scheduled to be held from June 21 to July 4.

PDP has worked very closely with the organizers to assist them in meeting the terms of the agreement and in accommodating various organizational challenges that emerged. These efforts have failed to result in a satisfactory fulfillment of their obligations to PDP.

In a final attempt to accommodate a festival, which has had a distinguished 35-year history in the City of Toronto, and in order to assist potential sponsors and supporters of International Caravan 2005, PDP is extending the opportunity to fulfill the terms of the agreement until Monday June 20th at 9:00 am. If a satisfactory arrangement among all parties has not been reached at that time, the event will be officially cancelled.

Downsview Park has enjoyed the distinction of hosting two of the largest events ever held in Toronto-The Rolling Stones' SARS Benefit Concert 2003 and World Youth Day 2002. In addition to this, each year, PDP holds the largest Canada Day celebrations in the GTA. PDP welcomed the prospect of hosting International Caravan, which was described as the largest multicultural celebration in the world. That characterization was not substantiated in light of the failure to meet the conditions of the agreement.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.'s mandate is to develop a unique urban recreational greenspace according to the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability for all Canadians to enjoy. Our experience with events such as Caravan indicates that it would be irresponsible to serve as a venue for a public gathering without evidence of the organizers' ability to provide satisfactory assurances of its viability.

PDP remains committed to accommodating the festival if the organizers are able to meet the terms of their agreement by 9:00 am on Monday June 20, 2005.

Contact Information

  • Parc Downsview Park Inc.
    Garth Hardie
    Communications Co-ordinator
    (416) 952-2229