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August 14, 2009
City continues to mark 175th Anniversary
The City of Toronto continues to celebrate its 175th Anniversary through promotions with various organizations, museums and cultural centres.

“The City’s 175th Anniversary is not just an event at City Hall, it’s a year-long festival of events - some big, some small - that mark the anniversary,” said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “The City is working with various organizations that have come forward with thoughtful ways of celebrating the Toronto’s heritage, unity and diversity.”

The following is a list of coming events in August and September:

• On August 21, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is offering a special admission price for opening day only. For just $1.75, visitors can enjoy all the free CNE attractions and events including Opening Day Ceremonies and the Toronto Song Contest finale. The 10 Toronto Song finalists will perform on the Midway Stage starting at 7 p.m. to compete for the prize of $5,000.
For more information about the CNE, visit

• This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Humber River’s designation as a Canadian Heritage River. The Humber River Watershed is the only Canadian Heritage River of the nine watersheds in the Greater Toronto Area. On September 19, celebrations include:
o Bike tour: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (arriving at Etienne Brule Park)
o First Nations Prayer and opening ceremony at 11 a.m.
o The Humber River Shakespeare Theatre Group, dressed in period attire enacting historic characters relevant to the history of the Humber River, will be on hand.
o A birds of prey exhibit, reptile display, mock archaeology dig and stewardship activities will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m.
o A walking tour of the historical park and an historic canoe tour of Humber Valley take place at 1:30 p.m.
For more information about the Humber River celebrations, visit

• Immerse yourself in the languages, arts, cuisine and ideas of 100 different cultures that come together to form one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. Fall in love with Toronto and escape to the Westin Harbour Castle, Le Méridien King Edward or the Sheraton Centre Toronto to celebrate Toronto’s 175th birthday.
o Package rate: $175 a night, valid for summer through September 1st 2009
o Ontario Attractions coupon booklet featuring savings at the area's best attractions
o Overnight accommodation in a traditional guest room and complimentary parking
o In room a la carte Breakfast for two (King Edward only); buffet Breakfast for two (Traders, the Sheraton Centre only); buffet Breakfast for two (The Mizzen, the Westin Harbour Castle)
Call 1-866-716-8101 and reference promotion CELTOR to book.

• Heritage Toronto is offering a series of guided walks in celebration of Toronto’s 175th Anniversary:
o Saturday, August 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., discover the diverse Marlborough - Summerhill area, which includes everything from grand estates to a city reservoir, has been largely shaped by the 1884 Canadian Pacific Railway line.
o Sunday, August 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., explore the history of Yorkville, a one-time village of breweries and brickyards, which evolved into a ‘bedroom' community and is now an upscale shopping and residential area.
o Saturday, August 29, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. discover the natural heritage of The Beach, and experience the area's varied topography. Hear about efforts to restore the remnant forest on this "tree tour" from Kew Gardens to the Glen Stewart Ravine.
o Sunday, August 30, 1:30 to 4 p.m., explore some of Toronto's First Nations and French history with this tour of the area named after the estate of James Bâby, an early French settler, and the Humber River valley below. Tours will be offered in English and French.
o Saturday, September 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., visit some of the sites from the novel Consolation, with author Michael Redhill as he explores our attitudes towards preservation of the past and what lies beneath our city.
o Sunday, September 13, from 1 to 2 p.m., explore the evolution of Fort York's Garrison Common -- land outside the fort that was originally set aside for military purposes. Through the years, the Commons has witnessed some of Toronto's most dramatic events and changes. Free admission to Historic Fort York, and free parking.
o September 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., explore Davenport Hill during one of its times of transition; from a neighbourhood of grand estates to an era of suburban development.

For more information about these tours, visit

• The Toronto Public library has created several virtual exhibits to celebrate Toronto’s 175th. Toronto Life and Times, 1834; Toronto Celebrates: Looking back to 1884 and Toronto’s semi-centennial celebrations and Coming to Toronto: The Golden Road to a New Life showcase material from the Special Collections at the Toronto Reference Library.

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 contact:
Tina Hurl-Priestley, Program Development Officer, 416-392-9315,



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