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June 16, 2011
Legacy plaques honour influential Toronto artists and intellectuals
Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West) on behalf of Mayor Rob Ford will be joined by representatives from Heritage Toronto, the Toronto Legacy Project and the City of Toronto at City Hall on June 20 to announce the eight newest inductees into the Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques Program.

These plaques celebrate Toronto’s notable artists, thinkers, and scientists at the places where they lived or worked. Plaques will be unveiled for Celia Franca, Jane Jacobs, William James, E. J. Lennox, Marshall McLuhan, Harry Somers, Tom Thomson and J. Tuzo Wilson.

Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The Toronto Legacy Project was established in 2002 by renowned writer and Toronto’s first Poet Laureate Dennis Lee to celebrate Toronto’s notable artists, scientists and thinkers by weaving their names into the cityscape. Initially it focused on naming or re-naming facilities such as Oscar Peterson Place at the Toronto Dominion Centre and George Faludy Parkette at St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas Streets.

The Legacy Project, in partnership with Heritage Toronto, launched this new plaques program last year.

Those honoured in 2010 were prominent writers/poets Milton Acorn, Margaret Avison, Morley Callaghan, Robertson Davies, Gwendolyn MacEwen and E. J. Pratt. Starting in 2012, the program will expand to honour Torontonians who have excelled in any field of endeavour.

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.

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