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June 3, 2011
City to honour late world-class guitarist Jeff Healey with park naming
Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore) and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff in partnership with the Friends of Jeff Healey Park, Tim Hortons, Enbridge and the Toronto Fire Fighters' Professional Association will join members of the local community to celebrate the naming of Jeff Healey Park.

Date: Sunday, June 5
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., with remarks at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Park formerly called Woodford Park, 1 Delroy Dr.

The late Jeff Healey, who became widely known as leader of the Jeff Healey Band, was one of the world's most celebrated rock, blues and jazz guitarists. He later toured with the Jazz Wizards, playing American jazz from the 1920s, '30s and early '40s on trumpet and clarinet as well as guitar. Healey grew up in Etobicoke and played in this park, both as a teenager and as a father with his young children. He died in 2008.

This free event will include various children's activities, a community barbecue, a performance by comic-juggler Craig Douglas, and music by Jerome Godboo and Friends, Danny Marks, and the band Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards.

Cristie Healey, wife of the late Jeff Healey, will be the special guest speaker.

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