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May 29, 2008
Showcasing Toronto in Chicago
A group from Scotiabank Caribana™ will represent Toronto at the 3rd Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival at Daley Plaza from June 2 - 4. The group will also promote Scotiabank Caribana™ and respond to opportunities to discuss Toronto’s tourism and business prospects.

The City of Toronto and the City of Chicago have a Sister City relationship with the goal of enhancing cultural understanding, educational exchange and economic relations between the two cities.

"Toronto’s recently adopted Agenda for Prosperity clearly establishes the City’s goal to enlist cultural leaders as global ambassadors to attract exhibits, performers and visitors to Toronto," said Mayor David Miller. "Our on-going partnerships with Chicago are tailored to meet this objective. We hope to see many from the City of Chicago join us at this year’s Caribana Festival, June 15 - August 3."

The Caribana group’s musicians and dancers will take the stage for two scheduled performances on Monday and Tuesday.

"This is an exciting opportunity to internationally promote the 41st annual Caribana Festival," said Eddison Doyle, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Caribana Festival Management Committee. "The Festival has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America, attracting more than 1.5 million patrons."

Participation in the Chicago Sister Cities Annual Festival will help Toronto meet significant goals of the recently released Agenda for Prosperity and support Toronto's emergence as a leading global city of the 21st century through economic growth, internationalization, creativity and inclusion.

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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Vanna Petropoulos, Investment Advisor, International, Economic Development, Culture & Tourism, 416-397-5409,



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