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					City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine
launch “face the arts”

Toronto, Ontario (February 8, 2006) – The City of Toronto and Toronto Life
magazine, as part of Toronto’s Live With Culture campaign and Toronto Life’s 40th
Anniversary celebrations, are pleased to launch “face the arts,” a campaign to recognize
Toronto’s extraordinary cultural mavericks. The first recipient is community arts activist
Adonis Huggins.

“face the arts” is a 10-month campaign to acknowledge and provide wider exposure for
each of the recipients who, through artistic promise, achievement or vision, has enriched
the cultural life of the city both now and for future generations. From March until
December 2006, 10 individuals from diverse artistic disciplines will be featured within the
pages of Toronto Life and on torontolife.com.

“This citation serves two great purposes; it recognizes an individual’s history of artistic
achievement and encourages his or her cultural contributions to the life of our city,” said
Rita Davies, Executive Director of Toronto Culture. “With “face the arts” and the broader
Live With Culture campaign, the City demonstrates its appreciation for the ways in
which artists and cultural institutions enrich the quality of life in Toronto.”

“Toronto Life has always reflected the unique cultural greatness of this city,” explained
Sharon McAuley, Publisher of Toronto Life, “so we knew it would provide the perfect
environment for the City to showcase the stories of these remarkable recipients. As we
gear up to celebrate Toronto Life’s 40th Anniversary, we are thrilled to play a role in
recognizing those that are helping to nurture the development of the city.”

As Program Director of Regent Park Focus, Adonis Huggins has a keen interest in the
use of community-based media as a tool of engagement and social change. Over the
past 14 years he has been working with youth in RegentPark to develop prevention
programs and activities that offer young people opportunities to explore radio and print
journalism, and audio, video and photography arts.

Each month, a different acclaimed photographer will take the photos of the individuals
profiled in Toronto Life. Tony Fouhse was chosen to photograph Mr. Huggins for Toronto
Life’s March issue on newsstands February 13. Mr. Fouhse has been a photographer
since 1976, winning a National Magazine Award in 2004. Text accompanying all
photographs is contributed by Toronto Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco.

“face the arts” will recognize individuals in community arts activism, music, architecture,
theatre, dance, visual arts, film, literature, design and arts development. Recipients are
not asked to apply for this honour but instead are chosen by peer selection committees.
“face the arts” will close with an exhibition of the 10 photographs that appeared in the
pages of Toronto Life.

Funding for “face the arts” has been provided by the City of Toronto, the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund and the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capital of Canada
program. Toronto Life is a presenting sponsor of this program.

Since 1966, Toronto Life has been helping involved Torontonians understand and
participate in the life of their city. Torontonians have come to depend on the magazine
for authoritative recommendations and reviews regarding the city’s best restaurants,
services, events and more. And Toronto Life, with its unique brand of award-winning
writing and service journalism, continues to capture the essence and richness of the city.

Live With Culture is a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural
communities, shining a spotlight on the vibrant and diverse activities happening in the
city each and every day. From September 2005 until the end of 2006, Live With Culture
showcases the vast scope of the city’s culture of creativity and inspires culture in
Toronto to become a daily part of everyone’s life. How do you live with culture? Visit
LiveWithCulture.ca, the ultimate guide to Toronto’s culture scene.



Go to www.torontolife.com/facethearts to learn more about the program and the
honoureers.

				
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