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April 5, 2012
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Ecuadorian art at City Hall
The City of Toronto proclaims April as Hispanic Heritage Month in Toronto. The City will host an event today and an Ecuadorian art exhibit from April 5 to 13 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the City's Friendship City Agreement with the Ecuadorian city of Quito.

"Hispanic Heritage Month provides our Spanish speaking communities with the opportunity to showcase and share their vibrant culture and traditions with Toronto residents and visitors," said Mayor Rob Ford. "It is also a time to acknowledge the contributions made by Hispanic-Canadians to our city."

Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport) will be joined by Ecuador's Canadian Ambassador Dr. Andres Teran-Parral at an event in Toronto City Hall's Rotunda this evening, Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will also be attended by the exhibit's featured artists and will include music by local performers.

“As a beacon of diversity and cohesion, the City of Toronto is excited to hold the art exhibit and highlight the creative and artistic connections we share with Ecuador,” said Councillor Palacio. “The Ecuadorian art exhibit is an excellent way to recognize the strong bond we have with Quito, our Friendship City.”

The Ecuadorian art exhibit will be held in the Rotunda at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., and is being presented by the Association of Ecuadorians in Ontario, the Consulate General of Ecuador and the City of Toronto. The free exhibit, open to the public from April 5 to 13, features 50 works by three prominent Ecuadorian artists - Luis Aguirre, Jamie Perez and Yorqui Llacxaguanga - who are exhibiting in Canada for the first time.

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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