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May 26, 2017
City Hall Live continues to support Toronto's music community
Live from City Hall was launched in 2016 to support Toronto's music community through free performances at Toronto City Hall. Now in its second year, the program has a new name and is expanding to include new collaborations with local organizations, venues, events, musicians and presenters. Panel discussions and learning opportunities for Toronto's music community will also become a larger focus of the program. City Hall Live is generously supported by TD Bank Group in partnership with Music Canada.

"This series provides performance opportunities, information sessions and discussions that we hope will inform and empower Toronto's talented music community," said Mayor John Tory. "By bringing City Hall Live directly to artists and their communities, the series is now more accessible and can have greater impact."

As part of the annual Doors Open Toronto event presented by Great Gulf on May 27 and 28, City Hall Live will present eight artists performing over two days at 159 Manning Ave., in partnership with Tim McCready.

City Hall Live will also be part of the pre-Lulaworld 2017 festivities at Lulu Lounge on May 29, presenting Toronto artists Ammoye and Charmie after a 6:30 p.m. panel discussion on diversity and live music in the media.

City Hall Live will return to Nathan Phillips Square this summer with Wednesday lunchtime concerts from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., July 19 to August 30.

All of the above events are free. More 2017 performances and panels will be announced soon, including dates in the City Hall rotunda. More information on City Hall Live is available at

"City Hall Live provides new opportunities for Toronto musicians and is one of many City initiatives aimed at making Toronto a more music and musician friendly city,"
said Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence), Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council.

Live from City Hall was launched by the City of Toronto to create more paid live music opportunities for the city's vibrant and varied talent. In 2016, this free concert series presented 22 events, involved 34 bands and groups and was attended by approximately 12,000 people. Most of the program expenses, such as artist fees and production costs, are generously supported by TD Bank Group in partnership with Music Canada. These partnerships will continue into 2017.

Artists can apply for City Hall Live and other events co-curated by the City's Music team at Artists can also continue to apply to be a part of the Music 311 playlist and are paid for the use of their song if selected. The Music 311 program features the music of Toronto artists when callers access the City’s 311 service. Over 75 artists have been featured on this service since it launched in July 2015.

More information about the City's music-based initiatives and programs is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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