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.

Special Events T.O.

Special Events T.O.

"TO Canada with Love" is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions marking Canada's 150th birthday.

Endorsements

Letter of endorsement have been received by Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and the Canadian Indigenous Media Arts Collective (CIMAC). Other written endorsements have also been received.
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."

Christina Cameron

Christina Cameron

Canadian Commission for UNESCO

"Media Arts is such a powerful tool that can be used to create a sense of belonging as well as to help foster more inclusive cities. We extend our congratulations to the City of Toronto for its leadership and are looking forward to working together in advancing creative solutions to today’s urban challenges."

Michelle Holland

Michelle Holland

Toronto's City Councillor

It is ideal that Toronto is receiving this achievement on the United Nation's annual World Cities Day. This year's theme of Innovative Governance, Open Cities reinforces the positive role that cities can have in utilizing urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.

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.