Following John Tory’s opening remarks at CMW’s Global Forum: International Networking Breakfast on Friday, Canadian Music Week President Neill Dixon presented the Toronto Mayor with the inaugural International Festival City of the Year award.
“I am pleased to be here today to present an inaugural award that is created as a way for the global festival industry to recognize positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide,” said Dixon in his presentation. “Through this special award, Canadian Music Week is pleased to recognize Toronto for its concerted efforts to provide an environment that allows for successful and environmentally conducive events.”
Upon accepting the award, Tory offered congratulations to Dixon for CMW’s long history and continuous efforts to raise the profile of Canadian music. “Toronto might be the single most diverse city in the world,” he offered. “Music is the universal language; what better way to bring all of those people together.”