On Monday, John appeared with Mayor John Tory in Toronto’s St. James Park and was introduced as the City’s new Arts Advocate. In this role, John will be developing a number of new projects.
Announced was the return of the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts as a celebration and fundraiser for the arts community. One of the programs it will fund, is a new Arts in the Parks project, increasing both access to usable space for artists as well as public use of parks. In the program’s pilot year, 22 parks in 22 wards will be animated with programming and free events for the public.
John will also be working with the Mayor and other members of Council to provide leadership on making Toronto a world leading Music City.
John has long been a champion of the arts community in Toronto. He currently sits on the board of the Toronto Arts Council, the Toronto Music Advisory Council and the boards of all three of the City’s theatres. Locally, the use of arts programming to bring communities together has led to the development of the Cultura Festival, the outdoor bake oven and stage at Edithvale Park and the currently-in-development Lee Lifeson Art Park scheduled to open next summer.
John is excited to work with arts communities across Toronto to further enhance public spaces and looks forward to announcing additional projects in the months and years ahead.