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May 5, 2017
STOMP urban dance event to kick off Youth Week in Toronto
Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the City of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee, will be on hand Sunday to help launch the 16th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase. The event will set the stage for Youth Week.

Date: Sunday, May 7
Time: 1 to 6 p.m., remarks at 1 p.m.
Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. (at Yonge Street)

Every year, talented youth take to the stage with urban dance styles such as step, break, hip-hop, dancehall, Bollywood, jazz and contemporary. STOMP also showcases Toronto's up-and-coming youth bands, vocalists, rappers and dub poets.

STOMP is the largest of several initiatives Parks, Forestry and Recreation leads to foster an environment where youth are safe, celebrated and encouraged to showcase their artistic abilities. The STOMP performers, who range from six to 24 years of age, are all involved in dance programs offered by the City and other youth-serving agencies.

This year, in addition to marking the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation, STOMP will celebrate multiculturalism among today's youth as a showcase event of the first ever Youth Week in Toronto. Youth Week, from May 6 to 13, will showcase the abilities and talents of youth in civic engagement, recreation, arts and sports in communities across Toronto.

More details about activities are planned for Youth Week are available at

More information about STOMP 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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