Diversity Our Strength, Creativity Our Brand

Toronto Creative Agenda

Over the 2000s, Toronto initiated and instituted a process of cultivating itself as a creative city. This bid to join UCCN reflects Toronto's global leadership in advancing the concept of creative cities.

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Stakeholders

Toronto UNESCO Creative City in Media Arts has a broad support from community and government partners.

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Facts and Figures

Toronto is a place where business and culture thrive. An overwhelming 96% of Torontonians see at least one benefit of the arts to the City of Toronto.

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Nuit Blanche Toronto

Produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community, for more than 10 years Nuit Blanche Toronto has fostered cultural engagement, making performance art, interactive installations, and mixed-media accessible to a mass and diverse audience.

A Vibrant Community

Toronto is a vibrant city filled with culture, entertainment, performing arts, festivals, sports events, international cuisine, parks and recreation, first-rate accommodations, and shopping. Arts and culture educate, inform and reflect who and what we are as a community.
City of Toronto

City of Toronto

More than 2.8 million residents call Toronto home, making it the largest city and sixth largest government in Canada, and the fourth largest city in North America.

Nuite Blanche

Nuite Blanche

Nuit Blanche Toronto is a free, annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community.

Endorsements

Ana Serrano

Ana Serrano

Canadian Film Centre

"UNESCO will not be served better in terms of “building peace in the minds of men and women” through education, science, culture and communication than by designating Toronto a Creative City of Media Arts."

John Tory

John Tory

Mayor of Toronto

"This designation affirms that we are an international hub for innovation and inspiration. It affirms that Toronto's creative communities enhance our quality of life and economic vitality. We are pleased to be able to broaden our global connections through UNESCO's initiatives."

Ariel Smith

Ariel Smith

National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition

"The designation will create opportunities for international partnerships, encourage collaboration and innovation in the media arts sector, and celebrate the tremendous achievements of Toronto's artists and cultural organizations."

A Creative Capital

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, the fourth largest city in North America. Its population of over 2.8 million includes more than 90 different ethnic groups that speak almost as many languages, making Toronto a unique mosaic where different cultures live in harmony.