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Abandon Your Building
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Jul 27, 2012

Yesterday at Mississauga Celebration Square, hundreds of people came out to enjoy lunchtime tunes and treats and crown the city's first 'Top Office Band'. From a line-up of six bands from Mississauga's downtown businesses, the City of Mississauga's Those Guys That Girl came out on top.

"Abandon Your Building was a huge success," said Melissa Agius, Manager, Mississauga Celebration Square Events. "It took place over the lunch hours to give office workers in the downtown area a chance to come out, enjoy delicious food and great music and support their co-workers onstage. It is definitely an event we hope to have again on the Square."

Abandon Your Building, was the Square's first battle of the business bands competition. Fans picked the winner via text messaging immediately following the competition. More than 900 votes came in.

"This was a great experience, being onstage and playing on the Square," said Derek Boyce, Manager, Business Planning for the City and Those Guys That Girl lead male vocalist. "We had a lot of fun and that's what music is all about."

Those Guys That Girl is a six-piece band made up of City of Mississauga employees from the Business Planning and Enforcement units: Amy Towers, Derek Boyce, Ian Masini, Andy Nguyen, Dan Triantafilou and Lorenzo Ruffini. The group walked away with $400 in Jack's Cash, courtesy of Jack Astor's Square One.

Popular food trucks, including Smoke's Poutinerie, The Portobello Burger and Cupcake Diner, were onsite to serve up delicious curbside cuisine to the lunch crowd.

Background:
Bands were registered for the event in the spring through an online and downtown-focussed recruitment campaign. Five other bands performed yesterday, including talented groups from HMV, Aversan, Deloitte and Touche and Bridgemark/Glenn Davis Group.

Abandon Your Building is part of the Summer on the Square Series - the City's summer lineup of free events on the Square. Located outside of Mississauga Civic Centre in the downtown core, Mississauga Celebration Square is a vibrant state-of-the-art multi-media event destination. The Square is host to a dynamic lineup of year-round, free outdoor events and festivals that showcase arts, cultural diversity and entertainment.

For a full listing of Summer on the Square happenings, visit mississaugacelebrationsquare.ca. For the latest news and updates, follow Mississauga Celebration Square on Twitter and like it on Facebook.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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Media Contact:
Lindsay Litzenberger
Public Affairs Consultant
905-615-3200 ext. 4073
lindsay.litzenberger@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151






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