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March 4, 2010
Mayor Miller and Dennis Lee launch the Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques Program
Mayor David Miller, along with renowned writer and Toronto’s first Poet Laureate Dennis Lee, and representatives of Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Legacy Project, officially launched the Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques Program.

Similar to programs in London UK, Paris and New York that celebrate great figures and the buildings they inhabited, the Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques Program celebrates some of Toronto’s notable artists, thinkers, and scientists at the places where they lived or worked. The inaugural plaques will honour prominent writers and poets; Milton Acorn, Margaret Avison, Morley Callaghan, Robertson Davies, Gwendolyn MacEwen and E.J. Pratt.

“This program will certainly increase awareness about the depth of literary talent that has always existed in Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller. “These plaques creatively commemorate some of the writers and poets who played a major role in building Toronto’s literary legacy.”

“This program will enrich our cityscape,” said Dennis Lee. “And it should still be going strong a hundred years from now.”

The legacy plaque honouring Robertson Davies will be unveiled at Massey College later today. The other plaques will be installed in the Spring at the following Toronto locations: Milton Acorn (The Waverley Hotel at 484 Spadina Ave.); Margaret Avison (Fellowship Towers at 877 Yonge St.); Morley Callaghan (20 Dale Ave.); Gwendolyn MacEwen (240 Robert St.); E.J. Pratt (21 Cortleigh Boulevard).

The Toronto Legacy Project was established by Toronto’s first Poet Laureate Dennis Lee in 2002 to celebrate Toronto’s notable artists, scientists, and thinkers by weaving their names into the cityscape. Initially focused on naming or re-naming facilities, such as Oscar Peterson Place (at the Toronto Dominion Centre), Glenn Gould Place (formerly Metro Square), and George Faludy Parkette (at St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas Streets), the Toronto Legacy Project is currently focusing on this new plaques program.

Heritage Toronto works with Toronto’s citizens to advocate for, preserve and promote greater appreciation for our city's rich heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto works to heighten awareness of our shared history by providing city-wide programs and services. For more info on Heritage Toronto or the new plaque program visit,

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Dennis Lee, Founder, Toronto Legacy Project, 416-530-1351,
Jane Scarffe, Communications Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-397-4062,



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