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June 28, 2010
Mayor David Miller to celebrate grand opening of new Arts Hub in Jane and Finch
Join Mayor David Miller, City Librarian Jane Pyper, Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West), who is a member of the Toronto Public Library board, hosts Sabrina Butterfly Gopaul and Isiah Zea Lea, members of the Jane-Finch arts community and local residents to celebrate the grand opening of the Arts Hub inside the York Woods Branch of Toronto Public Library.

Date: Tuesday, July 29
Time: 5 to 8 p.m. (official remarks at 6 p.m.)
Location: Toronto Public Library, York Woods Branch, 1785 Finch Ave. W.

Local artists and arts groups (including many of the opening night performers) were actively involved from concept to completion to ensure the space meets the needs of the community.

The new Arts Hub has many features, including shared office and storage spaces, a lounge area and a rehearsal and production space equipped with sprung-wood flooring and specialty lighting and mirrors to accommodate theatre and dance.

The event will feature performances by many well known artists from the Jane-Finch community, including Sun aka The Real Sun, theatre groups Upfront Theatre and Nomanzland, dance groups Rated Inc and Dance Immersion, spoken word artists LolaBunz and M.A.D. Poet. Tables will be set up by local artists and arts groups to share information and sell their art. Refreshments will be served.

The Arts Hub was made possible through the City of Toronto’s Partnership Opportunities Legacy (POL) Fund and Toronto Public Library. The POL Fund was created to build community infrastructure and enhance space for community programming and service needs. The fund gives priority to youth-focused initiatives at the neighbourhood level. For every dollar the City invests approximately $1.90 has been leveraged in partnership funding. At program completion, it is anticipated that $37.7 million will have been invested in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods, of which $13 million is a direct City investment.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Cher Jones, Senior Coordinator, Promotions and Communications, 416-392-5349,
Anne Marie Aikins, Manager, Corporate Communications, Toronto Public Library, 416-393-7212,



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