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September 9, 2009
Toronto’s 175th anniversary celebration still going strong
The City of Toronto continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary through promotions involving 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.”

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) -- Toronto on Film (September 10 to 19)
Toronto 175 film trailers featuring key Toronto films and film coverage of seminal events in the city's history will be played at TIFF theatre venues and at Yonge Dundas Square. As part of TIFF Cinematheque, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall will present a film series of memorable films shot in Toronto by local filmmakers. A book of essays with a list of significant Toronto films will be available for purchase at TIFF box office locations and TIFF Cinematheque.

Photography exhibit at Pearson International Airport
Visitors will be greeted by a selection of film stills from the Toronto 175 trailers.

First Impressions: posters tell Toronto's stories
First Impressions, a production of Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Arts Council, consists of a series of 18 posters that will be displayed on TTC subway cars and buses. The images tell the story of the waves of immigration and newcomers’ first impressions of Toronto.

Toronto Public library - virtual exhibits
The library showcases material from the Special Collections of the Toronto Reference Library. Visit

Humber Watershed celebrations (September 19)
The Humber River Watershed is the only Canadian Heritage River of the nine watersheds in the Greater Toronto Area. Visit Highlights of the anniversary celebration on September 19: bike tour, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., arriving at Etienne Brule Park; First Nations prayer and opening ceremony at 11 a.m.; Humber River Shakespeare Theatre Group, dressed in period attire, enacting historical characters relevant to the history of the Humber River; birds of prey exhibit, reptile display, mock archeology dig, and stewardship activities, noon to 1:30 p.m.; walking tour of the historical park and a canoe tour of Humber Valley, 1:30 p.m.

Heritage Toronto - guided walks (September 12 and 13)
On Saturday, September 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., author Michael Redhill explores our attitudes towards preservation of the past and what lies beneath our city.
On Sunday, September 13, from 1 to 2 p.m., explore the evolution of Fort York's Garrison Common land outside the fort. Free admission to Historic Fort York -- and free parking
Also on September 13, at 1:30 p.m. explore Davenport Hill and its transition from a neighbourhood of grand estates to an era of suburban development.

Junction Arts Festival (September 12 and 13)
The Junction community’s festival will celebrate 100 years of the Annette Street Library, with guided tours, a book signing and other activities Saturday and Sunday.

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, City of Toronto, 416-392-9315,



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