Cultural Hotspot program shines its spotlight on North York

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The third edition of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot program was launched at the Aga Khan Museum on Thursday. From May to October, the City’s Cultural Hotspot initiative will shine its spotlight on the arts, culture, events, food and communities thriving throughout North York. More than 100 free projects and events will take place in collaboration with over 40 program partners.

The City’s Arts Advocate, Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale), was joined at the launch by Councillor Jon Burnside (Ward 26 Don Valley West), and the program’s partners and sponsors.

“The Cultural Hotspot highlights that Toronto has great artists, cultural organizations and events throughout the city,” said Councillor Filion. “This year, North York will benefit from the experiences and successes this program has already achieved in Etobicoke and Scarborough.”

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“This innovative program helps artists and organizations based in North York to create new projects while also providing numerous interactive art opportunities for residents of all ages,” said Councillor Burnside.

Some upcoming Cultural Hotspot projects:
• On May 27, the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra will enliven Mel Lastman Square with a Latin night featuring JUNO award-winning flamenco guitarist Robert Michaels.
• On June 17, the Toronto Korean Film Festival will kick off with a special screening of two feature films preceded by on-stage performances at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
• On July 16 and 17, the Aga Khan Museum and Park will host The Festival of Flight, an interactive weekend family festival inspired by flight, flying, the skies and the heavens.
• During September and October, a large-scale inter-generational community mural will be created by Baycrest Health Sciences residents and local youth. – CINEWS

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