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June 27, 2017
YYZ Live music series launched at Toronto Pearson International Airport
Mayor John Tory launched YYZ Live today, a new live music showcase taking place at the Toronto Pearson International Airport this summer in honour of Canada's 150th birthday. The Mayor was joined by Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence), Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council and Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

"YYZ Live supports and showcases Toronto artists while enhancing Toronto’s image and reputation as a music city to visitors and residents," said Mayor Tory. "This tremendous partnership is an ideal tribute to Canada's 150th birthday."

Produced by the City of Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport, YYZ Live will present 150 free live music performances in honour of Canada's 150th birthday at two locations at Toronto Pearson International Airport from June 26 to September 15.

"This program is part of the City's overall efforts to provide paid performance and exposure opportunities for Toronto musicians through its own initiatives and by collaborating with others," said Councillor Colle. "I would like to acknowledge the efforts of my colleague Councillor Filion; who along with the Mayor and myself, was instrumental in making YYZ Live a reality."

“For many people, their first experience of Canada is here at the airport, so it is fitting that we’ll be presenting performances from so many Canadian artists in celebration of this great country," said Howard Eng. “Passengers are our passion at Toronto Pearson, and we take every opportunity to enhance their airport experience in new and creative ways; I have no doubt that this initiative will be music to their ears.”

Toronto-based music artists are encouraged to apply to YYZ Live, City Hall Live and other events co-curated by the City's music team. Applications are available at

"As an independent musician, I've traveled over 50,000 miles sharing my music with audiences from Nashville to the Netherlands, because as many Toronto musicians know, it's often easier to build a fan base abroad and online than it is in a city as big and as diverse as ours," said acclaimed indie soul artist AHI, who concluded today's launch event with a performance. "I appreciate that the City of Toronto is working to develop creative opportunities for live music to become an accessible part of the community, and I've been privileged to participate in several events where I can share my music and build my audience right here at home."

The YYZ Live performance schedule is available at Program information and highlights can be accessed on Twitter using the hashtag #yyzlive.

TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information, visit

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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