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March 24, 2011
Creative Capital Initiative public consultations - March 28 and April 7 at City Hall
The Creative Capital Initiative will host public consultations on March 28 and April 7 at City Hall. All Toronto citizens are welcome to be part of city-building through culture by participating in one or both consultations.

The March 28 consultation will focus on strategic priorities for the cultural community while the April 7 session will consider strategies specifically related to youth and youth-focused cultural organizations.

Date: Monday, March 28 and Thursday, April 7
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. both nights
Location: Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and Creative Capital Initiative Co-Chair Robert Foster will be present at both consultations.

The Creative Capital Initiative, a partnership between the City and the arts and culture community, will provide expert advice and recommendations to update the City's 2003 Culture Plan for the new term of Council. The initiative will look for ways to enhance Toronto's role as an international cultural centre, and recommend actions to amplify the sector's economic and social contributions. The initiative will present its recommendations to the Economic Development Committee at the committee's May 2011 meeting.

The Creative Capital Initiative has recently completed six weeks of information gathering and discussion with stakeholders. The initiative has hosted nine focus group sessions with over 250 participants in Etobicoke, downtown Toronto, North York and Scarborough. The sessions heard a wide range of ideas, issues, and suggestions from an engaged group of citizens. More information about some of these previous focus group sessions is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711,



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