TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) kicked
off its centennial this month with a flag raising at its headquarters
on Harbour Street. The Port Authority, created in May 1911 as The
Toronto Harbour Commissioners, also announced its renewed participation
in Doors Open Toronto, and its plan for a summertime "sail-in movie event" to be held in
August, all part of the centennial celebrations.
Now flying next to existing federal, provincial and TPA flags for the
first time is the City of Toronto flag. "We are proud partners with
the City of Toronto," TPA President and CEO Geoff Wilson said. "As
stewards of the harbour area, neighbours in the waterfront community
and supporters of downtown Toronto's renaissance, the Port Authority is
committed to help make this city great."
Wilson said he felt that raising Toronto's flag was emblematic of where
the relationship with the City now stands. "We are working together,
finding common solutions, and helping make downtown Toronto the vibrant
centre of our great city."
In addition to the flag raising, the TPA is involved in several iconic
Toronto activities this year. The TPA is this year's lead summer
partner of Harbourfront Centre's Hot Spot Summer, a fixture in the city's summer calendar that attracts people to the
city from across the globe.
On May 28-29 the TPA's headquarters at 60 Harbour Street will take part
in Doors Open Toronto for the first time in several years. When the Beaux Arts building
first opened in 1917, it was situated at the water's edge. It will
feature historical photographs of the building, as well as a tour of
the building's main boardroom, which has been preserved in its original
To cap off its centennial celebrations, the TPA will, with the support
of waterfront neighbour Redpath Sugar, host Canada's first ever sail-in
movie event. The Toronto Port Authority's Sail In Cinema is slated to take place on the waterfront at the foot of Jarvis Street
this August. The event will feature a huge two-sided screen so that
people can enjoy open air movies in the Toronto Harbour from the
mainland or the water.
Details of the event will be made available in July. Wilson said all the
movies would be about water, appropriately, and invited the public to
submit movie ideas via twitter @TorontoPort, on Facebook at Toronto
Port Authority News, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before July 1, 2011.
SOURCE Toronto Port Authority
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