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March 5, 2009
Mayor celebrates Toronto’s 175th anniversary at Lit City art and literature opening
Toronto Mayor David Miller and City representatives will join members of the public at the opening event for the Lit City: Toronto through the Eyes of Authors and Artists exhibit. The Culinary Historians of Ontario will present a rich plum cake for the cake-cutting ceremony. The cake was baked according to an 1840 recipe. Memo (Guillermo Cabrera), a spoken-word artist, will perform a commissioned piece accompanied by Ruben Esguerra to celebrate Toronto’s 175th Anniversary.

Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Official Ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Market Gallery, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E.

The exhibit incorporates literature dating from the 19th century to modern works about Toronto. Selected writings from Margaret Atwood, George Elliott Clarke, Cory Doctorow, Ramibai Espinet, Antanas Sileika and Russell Smith will be complemented by pieces from visual artists including Aba Bayefsky, Sybil Goldstein, Brian Kipping, Gerald Lazare and Carlos Marchiori - whose works are part of the City’s permanent art collection.

Lit City: Toronto Through the Eyes of Authors and Artists, produced by Toronto Cultural Services, runs from March 7 to June 13. Other special events will be presented during the run of the exhibit. Admission is free.

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:
Pamela Wachna, Cultural Services, 416-392-7604,



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