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June 16, 2009
Toronto Song Contest Finalists to be announced
On June 18, at the opening of the 15th annual North By Northeast Music and Film Festival (NXNE), the top 10 Toronto Song Contest finalists will be announced and their songs will be performed live for the first time.

Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: North By Northeast stage, Yonge-Dundas Square

Over 500 songs were submitted to the Toronto Song Contest as part of the City’s 175th anniversary celebrations taking place this year. For more information on the contest, preliminary judges and contest rules visit

The Toronto Song Contest finalists will face-off in a live performance before a panel of celebrity judges on the opening day at The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) on Aug 21 2009.

The Celebrity judges will be announced at Thursday’s event.

The City is presenting the Toronto Song Contest in partnership with CP24, NOW Magazine, North By Northeast Music and Film Festival and the CNE.

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.

15 Years, 500 Bands, 50 Stages, 30 Films, 25 Panels, 5 Days. The North by Northeast Music & Film Festival and Conference (NXNE) runs June 17-June 21, 2009 in Toronto. Visit to buy passes & wristbands and for more festival info.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest fair and the fourth largest in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE attracts 1.3 million visitors over 18 days generating $52.5 million in economic impact for the City of Toronto and $71.4 million for the Province of Ontario on an annual basis. The 2009 CNE takes place from August 21 to September 7th and offers more than 100 concerts, events and attractions that are all free with admission to the fair. Visit for details.

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:
Cheryn Thoun, Manager, Strategic Communications, 416-392-9305,



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