Library Announces Expansion of Program Increasing Access to Arts and Culture

    Passes to cultural venues available free at all 99 Toronto Public Library

    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller and City Librarian Jane Pyper
announced today the expansion of Toronto Public Library's Sun Life Financial
Museum + Arts Pass program. The program, which began as a limited pilot funded
by Sun Life Financial in July of 2007, is now offering free passes to some of
the city's greatest arts and cultural institutions at all 99 library branches.
    As of March 7th, the Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass can be
borrowed from any Toronto Public Library branch using a valid library card,
much the way someone might borrow a book or DVD from the collection. The pass
provides full admission to a family of up to two adults and five children
(admission restrictions vary by venue) to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO),
the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, the Bata Shoe Museum, Black Creek Pioneer
Village, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Toronto Historic Museums and the
Museum of Inuit Art.
    Thirty-two library branches, including several in priority neighbourhoods
in the downtown core, offer passes that provide access to the Royal Ontario
Museum, the Ontario Science Centre and Casa Loma in addition to the venues
listed above. Visit for a complete list.
    "I'm thrilled to be able to announce the expansion of this extraordinary
program," says Mayor David Miller. "Access to culture is crucial if we want
Toronto to remain a vibrant, creative city that's positioned to stay strong in
the current economy. The Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass program
exemplifies the way strategic partnerships can improve the quality of life for
all of Toronto's diverse communities."
    "Toronto Public Library is committed to broadening opportunity for
everyone. We're thrilled that we are able to offer our users new ways to
explore some of the best arts and culture that Toronto has to offer with their
library cards, especially in these challenging economic times," said Jane
Pyper, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library. "We are grateful to all of our
partners for their enthusiasm and commitment to this program."
    "Toronto is home to a wealth of cultural resources," says Matthew
Teitelbaum, the AGO's Director and CEO, on behalf of all Sun Life Financial
Museum + Arts Pass partners. "We firmly believe in making those resources
accessible and welcoming to everybody in Toronto. This program is a key
element of our commitment to bringing diverse communities and culture
    In addition to the significant contribution of the program's partner
venues, Sun Life Financial is continuing its generous sponsorship of the
program, furthering its long-standing commitment to making the arts accessible
to all.
    "Sun Life Financial is pleased to continue its work with the Toronto
Public Library and the many premier arts and cultural organizations that take
part in this program," said Donald A. Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Sun
Life Financial. "Through the library's Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass a
wider audience is able to enjoy the rich experiences offered by participating
organizations. We have been a long-time supporter of the arts, and the Museum
+ Arts Pass is an excellent match with Sun Life's own Making the Arts More
Accessible program."

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow more than 29 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library,
visit our website at or call Answerline at

    Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass Program Participating Venues:

    Art Gallery of Ontario
    Bata Shoe Museum
    Black Creek Pioneer Village
    Casa Loma(*)
    City of Toronto Historic Museums, including:
          Colborne Lodge in High Park
          Fort York National Historic Site
          Gibson House Museum
          Mackenzie House
          Montgomery's Inn
          Scarborough Historical Museum
          Spadina Museum
          Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
    Gardiner Museum
    Museum of Inuit Art
    Ontario Science Centre(*)
    Royal Ontario Museum(*)
    Textile Museum of Canada

    (*) Available in the following 32 Toronto Public Library branches:

    -  Agincourt                            -  Maria A. Shchuka
    -  Albert Campbell District             -  McGregor Park
    -  Albion                               -  Morningside
    -  Barbara Frum                         -  Mount Dennis
    -  Bendale                              -  Parkdale
    -  Bridlewood                           -  Parliament
    -  Cedarbrae(xx)                        -  Richview
    -  Centennial                           -  S. Walter Stewart
    -  Dawes Road                           -  Sanderson
    -  Eatonville                           -  St. James Town
    -  Flemingdon Park                      -  Steeles
    -  Humber Summit                        -  Thorncliffe(xx)
    -  Jane Sheppard                        -  Victoria Village
    -  Kennedy Eglinton(xx)                 -  Weston
    -  Lillian H. Smith                     -  Woodview Park
    -  Malvern                              -  York Woods

    (xx) Closed for renovation

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For further information: Media Contact: Edward Karek, Communications
Officer, (416) 397-5925 or (647) 406-9671,

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