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April 27, 2009
City launches Ecuadorian Art Exhibit
Today, the City of Toronto and the Association of Ecuadorians in Ontario host the opening ceremonies to launch the week-long Ecuadorian Art Exhibit at Toronto City Hall. The opening ceremony includes a rare collection of Ecuadorian stamps, musical performances and presentations. The exhibit is part of a Friendship City agreement between Toronto and the City of Quito in Ecuador.

“The Ecuadorian art exhibit is an excellent way to recognize the strong bond we have with Quito, our Friendship City,” said Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport). “The extraordinary art we have between our two cities deserves to be showcased through exhibits such as this one, so the public can come and take a look at our shared artistic talents.”

The City of Toronto and the City of Quito formed a Friendship Agreement in 2006 to provide both cities with a close relationship that will play a pivotal role in promoting cultural understanding, educational exchange and economic relations between the two cities.

“As a beacon of diversity and cohesion, the City of Toronto is excited to hold the art exhibit as it helps to highlight the creative and artistic international bonds with Ecuador,” said Mike Williams, General Manager, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism. "My visit to Quito last May reinforced that our two cities have a lot in common and much to celebrate."

The free art exhibit will be open to the public for viewing from April 27 to May 1.

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:
Vanna Petropoulos, City of Toronto Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, 416-397-5409,



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