Mayor John Tory announced a new program Monday morning that will cut red tape which has long hindered local artists and musicians from gaining proper city-backed exposure.
John Tory was joined by Councillor John Filion, Councillor Mike Layton and Claire Hopkinson, who announced the twofold program: introduce a number of dance, music, theatre, film, community-engaged work and temporary installations to parks throughout the city, as well launch a new process that will streamline the way artists get a music permit.
“This new permit is an example of concrete steps we are taking to turn Toronto into a music city. This was based on advice we received from musicians themselves through Toronto’s Music Advisory Council and the Great Heart Festival, who had difficulty navigating bureaucracy at City Hall,” said Mayor Tory. “I want to continue to show our commitment to the city’s arts and music communities, and this new permit underscores this.”
Councillor Filion told press “This innovative initiative will give musicians and artists a chance to showcase their art with new audiences. The partnership expands opportunities for residents to experience art and music, as well.”
“Making it easier for small-scale art and music events to take place in our parks will help to foster community, providing social spaces where neighbours can get to know each other,” Councillor Layton added. “This is the kind of initiative that makes Toronto beautiful and our parks loved public spaces.”
The event kicked off the new series with performances by rising folk artist and Ten Kills The Pack and Quique Escamilla using pedal powered amps.
The Arts in the Park program aims to encourage community building, plus build an appreciation for local parks. All participating events are organized through a partnership with the Toronto Arts Foundation and the City of Toronto.
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