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May 1, 2012
Celebrating Toronto Fashion Incubator's 25 years of success
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) will hold its 25th anniversary fundraising gala at the Royal Ontario Museum on May 3 to celebrate the success of TFI and its alumni.

Hosted by singer-songwriter Jully Black, the evening will include two fashion shows and an exhibition of Canadian fashion. The full proceeds from each ticket sold will go toward funding the future of Canadian fashion through community programs offered by the fashion incubator.

Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee, will speak at this event on behalf of the City of Toronto.

When it was established by the City of Toronto a quarter century ago, TFI was the world's first fashion incubator. This once fledgling non-profit organization has grown into an internationally acclaimed business model, helping to launch the careers of well-known fashion designers and playing a significant role in the creation of more than 15,000 new jobs in Toronto's fashion industry.

"The Toronto Fashion Incubator is a stellar model of how the City helps businesses survive and thrive," said Councillor Thompson. "TFI members enjoy an average 75 per cent survival rate after three years in business compared to a national average of only 37 per cent, while more than 90 per cent of resident businesses remain in the city three years after graduation. TFI's success clearly benefits its members and boosts Toronto's economy."

The Toronto Fashion Incubator is an award-winning non-profit organization that supports and nurtures Canadian fashion entrepreneurs. Established in 1987, TFI's model has been adopted by 33 cities around the globe. Many TFI alumni, such as David Dixon, Wendy Wong/House of Spy and JUMA, have established businesses nationally and internationally. More information about TFI and the May 3 gala event is available at

The City's Business Incubation Program works collaboratively with organizations that provide a continuum of programs, services and resources that support job creation, business formation, innovation, and commercialization - key pillars for today's knowledge and innovation-driven economy. More information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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.

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