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Toronto, May 11 (2018) City of Toronto was presented this afternoon with the “Canadian Music City of the Year” award at the 2018 Live Music Industry Awards at Canadian Music Week, media reports said.
Josh Colle, Councillor and Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council, accepted the award on behalf of the City of Toronto.
“Our job at City Hall is to help look after the ecosystem that produces the next generation of artists and provide the structure and support for them to develop,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “I am absolutely committed to the music industry and to the role City Hall is meant to play in creating a music-friendly city.”
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
“We are extremely proud of what Toronto’s musicians and music businesses have accomplished in the last year, and we continue our efforts in working to support our artists and our music industry whenever and however we can,” said Councillor Colle.
Items on which City of Toronto had focused, over the last year, to support the city’s music community included: launching new programs and expanding existing ones to provide 200 performance opportunities for local emerging artists like YYZ Live, City Hall Live, playing music on 311 and programming at Union Station in 2018; supporting the creation of a waterfront music hub with a new location for the Remix Project to help young people facing barriers get started in the music industry; hosting a second music sponsorship event bringing together 150 grassroots music organizhations with corporations involved in sponsoring music events;
Other items City of Toronto focused are: hosting a session on applying for music grants with eight public sector funding organizations together with artists, promoters and festival operators; hosting a dialogue about improving public safety at music events with the music community, City divisions and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario; will be supporting an industry-led “music passport” aimed at drawing more people out to local venues; implementing a process for the City’s music staff to be notified when new residential developments are planned anywhere within 120 metres of a music venue.
To date, the City’s music staff has provided comments on over 30 development applications to help planners and developers can mitigate potential conflicts with nearby venues.
Most recently at Canadian Music Week earlier this week, the Mayor announced that we will begin a consultative process with the music community, including grassroots musicians, on identifying a permanent music or festival site on City land.