George Axon and Aidan Mason named Toronto Song Contest Winners

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Winners are George Axon and Aidan Mason for
their song "Love to Live in Toronto" that was named the winner of the Toronto
Song Contest this evening and awarded the grand prize of $5,000, a prize pack
from North by North East Music & Film Festival and Conference and the
Songwriters Association of Canada, and a professional recording of the winning
song. The live finale performance took place at the CNE, where all 10
finalists performed their original songs.
    "All the performers here this evening should be proud of the song that
they submitted," said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone before announcing the Toronto
Song Contest winner. "Toronto is known for its vibrant arts community and the
talent we've heard here tonight proves that to be true."
    More than 20,000 votes were submitted by the public online in support of
their favourite song, which made up part of the final decision. The remaining
votes were cast by celebrity 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 and Mayor David Miller.
    "It's been a pleasure to act as a Toronto Song Contest judge," said
Melchor. "All of these fantastic songs - which truly reflect the diversity of
this city - celebrate the people, places and cultures that make Toronto such a
great place to live."

    The top 10 songs included:

    -   My City's Alive by Major Music Productions (featuring Terrance Cross)
    -   Love to Live in Toronto by George Axon and Aidan Mason
    -   The Toronto Song by Mr. Leverty and the TDSB All-Stars
    -   City Glow by Shobha
    -   A World in One City by Kevin "MAK" Watson
    -   Electrify Toronto by Lynzie Kent (featuring Maya Chilton and Constant
    -   T.Ode by Abdominal and the Obliques (featuring Notes to Self)
    -   One Hundred & Seventy Five by The Bradleys
    -   Toronto is My Home by Matt Hutch
    -   The Toronto We Know by Lynn Harrison and David Leask

    Over 500 songs were submitted to the Toronto Song Contest as part of the
City's 175th anniversary celebrations taking place this year. The songs ranged
in style from rock, pop, folk, hip hop, and even an a capella performance by a
local primary school choir.
    For more information on the Toronto Song Contest visit

    The City presented the Toronto Song Contest in partnership with CP24, NOW
Magazine, the CNE and the North By Northeast Music & Film Festival and

    CP24 is Toronto's source for breaking news. The station is owned by CTV
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    NOW Magazine/ is Toronto's independent news and
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    16 Years, 500 Bands, 50 Stages, 30 Films, 25 Panels, 5 Days. The North by
Northeast Music & Film Festival and Conference (NXNE) runs June 16-June 20,
2010 in Toronto. Visit to buy passes & wristbands and for more
festival info.

    The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada's largest fair and the
fourth largest in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE attracts 1.3 million
visitors over 18 days generating $52.5 million in economic impact for the City
of Toronto and $71.4 million for the Province of Ontario on an annual basis.
The 2009 CNE takes place from August 21 to September 7th and offers more than
100 concerts, events and attractions that are all free with admission to the
fair. Visit for details.

    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.

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