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December 17, 2009
Love to Live in Toronto - Toronto Song Contest Winner
The public has free access to listen to and download this song

“Love to Live in Toronto,” written by George Axon and Aidan Mason, was recently recorded in Toronto using internationally respected Toronto-based performers. Vocals were provided by Juno Award winner Divine Brown and Dane Hartsell. Adrian Eccleston (who has performed with Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue and Divine Brown), Wade O. Brown (acclaimed vocalist and keyboardist) and DJ/Producer X contributed their respective instrumental talents. The official song of Toronto's 175th anniversary is now available for the public to listen to and download for free at

In August 2009, George Axon and Aidan Mason were named the winner of the Toronto Song Contest, and awarded the grand prize of $5,000. Over 500 songs were submitted to the contest as part of the City’s 175th anniversary celebrations. In June, 10 finalists were chosen and about 20,771 votes were submitted online by Torontonians, which made up 20 per cent of the final decision. The remaining votes were cast by judges: Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone; co-host of CP24 Breakfast Matte Babel; etalk reporter Traci Melchor; and Managing Director of North By Northeast Music & Film Festival and Conference (NXNE) Andy McLean.

When the Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity- Spadina) announced “Love to Live in Toronto” as the Toronto Song Contest winner, he said; "We hoped in launching the contest that we would find a song that celebrates Toronto's diversity - the people, communities and experiences. We hoped that we would find a song that celebrates the relationships that people have with the city, each other and the memories and stories of places they love - in short, all aspects of life that make Toronto a great city. I believe that we did find that song."

The City presented the Toronto Song Contest in partnership with CP24, NOW Magazine, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), the Songwriters Association of Canada and the North By Northeast Music & Film Festival and Conference. For more information on the contest, artist and judge information, and to hear the top 10 songs visit

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: Shane Gerard, Senior Promotions & Communications Coordinator, Cluster A Communications Unit, 416-397-5711,



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