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March 30, 2009
Mayor Miller announces Toronto Song Competition
At the City of Toronto's 175th Anniversary celebration on March 6, 2009, Mayor David Miller announced the City's plans for the Toronto Song Contest. And by the end of this summer, Toronto will have a song to pay homage to our city's amazing spirit and its unparalleled diversity.

"Our city is known worldwide for the talents of its artistic community," Mayor Miller said. "Toronto's musicians, singers and songwriters are an integral part of that community so who better then to write the music and the words that will give voice to Toronto's very own song."

The contest officially opens on Monday, March 30 and submissions will be accepted until Sunday, May 10, 2009. The contest is open to residents of Canada who are 13 years of age and older. It will welcome all lyrical music genres ranging from pop, rock, jazz and rap to folk, roots and world music. Songs must be no longer than four minutes. Submissions may only be made online by going to the City's website at Contest rules and criteria can also be found on the City's Song Contest web pages. Entry is free.

Judges for the competition will be representative of the city's music scene and will be announced at a later date. The winning song/songwriter will be awarded $5,000. Finalists will be announced publicly at an event in June and the winner will be named at an event this summer.

"I am thrilled that CP24 and NOW Magazine have come on board as media partners for this competition," the Mayor said. "They have been and continue to be tremendous supporters of this city."

CP24 is Toronto's source for breaking news. The station is owned by CTV Inc., a division of CTVglobemedia.

NOW Magazine/ is Toronto's independent news and entertainment voice. Entire contents are © NOW Communications Inc.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Don Wanagas, Director of Communication, Mayor's Office, 416-338-7134,
Cheryn Thoun, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6501,



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