Celebration at the East York Civic Centre launches the Cultural Hotspot

TORONTO, June 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, Mayor John Tory was joined by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) at a free afternoon of performances and art activities to celebrate the launch of the fourth annual Cultural Hotspot.

"The multitude of East York and East End events gathered together under the Cultural Hotspot initiative shows that there is so much more to explore beyond Toronto's downtown core," said Mayor Tory.

From now through to October, the City of Toronto's fourth annual Cultural Hotspot celebrates arts, culture and community in East York and East End communities. This year's program includes two new community festivals, multiple collaborative mural arts projects, creative arts workshops for all ages, art exhibits, music, poetry, dance performances and a HOT Eats program that features more than 85 local restaurants.

"The Cultural Hotspot provides established and emerging local artists and arts organizations a larger platform to be seen and appreciated by visitors and residents from across the city," said Councillor Fragedakis.

"The Hotspot's emphasis on youth engagement through artistic expression gives participants an opportunity to experience the powerful effects art can have on personal development," said Councillor Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York).

Since the Cultural Hotspot's launch in 2014, more than 60,000 people have attended over 180 projects and events presented by the City and its many partners in North York, Etobicoke and south Scarborough. The program has also engaged and mentored hundreds of young people since its inception.

More event information and the program guide for the Cultural Hotspot is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culturalhotspot and on social media at http://www.twitter.com/culturalhotspot and http://www.facebook.com/culturalhotspot.

The Cultural Hotspot is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with local arts, cultural, educational and heritage organizations, community partners and local businesses.

The Cultural Hotspot media partners are the New Classical 96.3 FM and Metroland Media.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

SOURCE City of Toronto

For further information: Media contact: Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5711, shane.gerard@toronto.ca

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