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June 18, 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:

• Beginning on June 22, Brown’s, A Short Man’s World of Fashion will celebrate the City’s 175th Anniversary with a commemorative window display in both of its locations. The Toronto-based retailer, in partnership with Toronto Archives, has created a commemorative display that includes archival photos of the original Queen Street West store as well as archival photos of the Queen West neighbourhood.

• Heritage Toronto continues its tradition of offering free neighbourhood walking tours. How better to celebrate the City’s 175th, that by taking part in these historic walks. Three walks are scheduled for late June:
o Thistletown, June 27 at 1:30 p.m.
o Winchester Street and the Necropolis, June 27 at 1:30 p.m.
o In the Footsteps of the Taylor’s, June 28 at 1:30 p.m.
o Fort York: 200 Years of Lakefront Development, July 1 at 1 p.m.
o Fringe Festival Sites, July 4 at 11 a.m.
o The Village of Fairbank, July 5 at 1:30 p.m.
o Union Station and the Railway Lands, July 11 at 11 a.m.
o Cabbagetown - North, July 18 at 1:30 p.m.
o Lambton Mills, July 25 at 1:30 p.m.
o Theatres in Old Toronto, July 26 at 1:30 p.m.
o The Exhibition Grounds, July 29 at 7 p.m.
For more information about these and other walks, visit

• Masala! Mehndi! Masti! ( celebrates its 9th anniversary at Exhibition Place from July 24 to 26. This South Asian-inspired cultural event connects today’s world with 5000 years of civilization, its ancient traditions and modern influences. In line with the City’s 175th Anniversary themes of heritage, unity and diversity, the event celebrates cross-cultural collaborations and diverse thinking.

• The top 10 Toronto Song Contest finalists will perform their songs at Harbourfront Centre’s ‘Canadian Voices’ summer festival on Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m. on the Redpath Sugar Stage ( This new Harbourfront festival highlights emerging Canadian musicians in the fields of classical, folk and rock. Mayor David Miller announced the Toronto Song Contest in March at the City’s 175th Anniversary Open House. The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite song by visiting

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:
Kerri MacDonald, Special Events, 416-395-7381,



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