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February 11, 2005
Toronto gears up for 18-month celebration of culture and creativity
Toronto Mayor David Miller and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister
responsible for Status of Women, Liza Frulla met today to reaffirm the
commitment from the two orders of government to strengthen Toronto's cultural
profile through 18 months of festivals, installations, performances and other
cultural events. Last week's designation of Toronto as the 2005 Cultural
Capital by the federal government is a prelude to the City's Year of Creativity
celebrations planned for 2006.

Toronto is going through a cultural renaissance, which is visible in the
creation and transformation of many institutions large and small. Both the
Cultural Capital of Canada and Year of Creativity events are helping to realize
a grand vision of Toronto as a world leader among creative cities.

"I am proud that the federal government has recognized Toronto's cultural
vibrancy this way," said Toronto Mayor David Miller. "This designation will
help establish Toronto as a cultural leader within Canada and as an
international arts destination for the world."

The first major celebration comes in September 2005 with a spectacular event to
honour the 40th anniversary of Toronto's iconic City Hall. Preparations are
also underway for many activities in 2006, which are designed to promote public
awareness, participation, and appreciation of Toronto's rich cultural scene.

"This is an important designation and is a clear sign that the federal
government believes in the importance of culture in Toronto," said Councillor
Kyle Rae, Chair of the Mayor's Roundtable on Arts and Culture. "They have led
the way by investing in our cultural capital and it's time for all orders of
government to evaluate the present levels of funding to Toronto's creative
sector and come to the table."

Media Contacts:
Rita Davies, Executive Director, Culture, 416-397-5323
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism media hotline,
416 560-8726



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