Toronto Facts

Arts and Culture

Culture animates a city. Ambitious and alive, Toronto is continuously shaped and reshaped by the creative forces at work. This is what creates a sense of place and a feeling of belonging, and it is what makes the city so attractive to visitors, citizens and to the businesses that employ them.

Toronto's Cultural Assets

  • Toronto's unique identity is rooted in diversity and a rich array of cultural assets worth developing and sustaining
  • The City is home to more than 80 film festivals, 200 professional performing arts organizations, internationally recognized symphony, ballet and opera companies, countless commercial and not-for-profit galleries and museums, and much more
  • The Cultural Hotspot project implemented in 2014 celebrates and promotes Toronto's neighbourhoods as cultural and economic destinations
  • Toronto's 10 city-owned museums hold 147,000 artifacts and 1 million archaeological specimens in their historical collections
  • More than 200 City-owned public art works and historic monuments enrich Toronto's urban landscape with artistic flair
  • Each year, the City of Toronto produces and promotes nine annual events including:
    • Scotiabank Nuit Blanche which attracted over 1 million visitors in 2013, generating $39.5 million in economic impact
    • Winterlicious and Summerlicious which saw 580,000 prix fixe meals served in 2013 representing approximately $25 million in direct spending for Toronto's restaurant industry
    • Doors Open Toronto which is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 600 unique locations across the city
    • Cavalcade of Lights, an event with a 47-year history of celebrating the winter season with fireworks, musical entertainment and outdoor activities
  • The City of Toronto provided logistical support to around 600 major festivals and events in 2013

Toronto's Creative Economy

  • Toronto boasts a wealth of creative talent. Toronto is home to 66 per cent more artists than any other city in Canada, one in four creative industry jobs in Canada and one in three of the province's cultural workers
  • In 2011, Toronto's cultural economy contributed approximately $11.3 billion to the City's Gross Domestic Product
  • The culture sector employs more than 174,000 people in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area. This represents approximately six per cent of the total Toronto Census Metropolitan Area workforce
  • Screen-based production and digital media industries are two of the three fastest-growing creative industries in Toronto. They contribute more than $1 billion to the local economy annually and directly employ approximately 25,000 people, more than 25 per cent of the national sector

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