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Visit to Toronto

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September 17, 2010  

Their Excellencies to Visit Toronto 

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will undertake a visit to Toronto on September 20 and 21, 2010

On this occasion, Their Excellencies will meet with the Lieutenant-Governor and the Premier of Ontario. They will also launch the Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture by hosting the final Youth Dialogue in the “Can We Talk” series that toured Canada this summer. Celebrating the International Year of Youth, the dialogue will bring together hundreds of Toronto youth, as well as decision makers and philanthropists to discuss ways to build a stronger, more inclusive and more harmonious Toronto, through social engagement, the arts and culture, and new information technologies.

Monday, September 20

9:25 a.m.
Meeting with His Honour the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and his wife Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies and at the beginning of the meeting. Accredited media are asked to be on site at 9:00 a.m. 

10:00 a.m.
with the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto
Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies.

10:30 a.m.
Visit to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
In the presence of Ms. Janet Carding, the ROM’s new Director and CEO,  Their Excellencies will visit the Museum’s feature exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army.  The exhibition recounts the story of First Emperor of Qin who united the warring states and founded a unified country some 2, 200 years ago.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto
—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies and at the beginning of the visit.

4 p.m.
Toronto Youth Dialogue
To conclude the national “Can We Talk” Youth Dialogues series,  Their Excellencies will host a Youth Dialogue in downtown Toronto. Launching Toronto’s week-long Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture, the event will convey hundreds of youth, as well as decision makers, civic leaders and philanthropists for a high-energy conversation on supporting youth social engagement through arts and culture and new information technologies. The Governor General will deliver opening remarks to launch the discussion. The Toronto Youth Dialogue’s main collaborators are Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture, the Toronto City Summit Alliance, the Remix Project, ArtReach Toronto and the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada).

On August 10, 2010, the Governor General launched the United Nations’ International Year of Youth with a Youth Dialogue at Rideau Hall. To date, she has hosted “Can We Talk” Youth Dialogues in the following five Canadian cities—August 10: Ottawa, Ontario; August 18: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador; August 23: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; August 25: Winnipeg, Manitoba; and August 31: Montréal, Quebec. The Governor General’s Youth Dialogues focus on galvanizing young Canadians in every part of the country to become catalysts of social transformation, and on connecting them with elected officials, policy shapers and philanthropists. For more information, please visit
99, Sudbury, Toronto

Tuesday, September 21

9 a.m.
Visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario
Their Excellencies will visit the redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario  (AGO) and view its collections. Launched in 2008, the transformed AGO is Toronto-born Frank Gehry’s first building in Canada and marks the very place where he made the initial connection between art and architecture. Hallmarks of his AGO design connect the city and the gallery in provocative new ways.
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies and the beginning of the visit to the Lawren Harris Gallery. Media are asked to be on site at 8:45 a.m. and to contact Antonietta Mirabelli: 416-979-6660, ext. 454 or

10:30 a.m.
Visit to the Toronto International Film Festival’s new building
In the presence of Mr. Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Their Excellencies will visit TIFF Bell Lightbox, the new year-round home of TIFF.

TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers. What began as a ten-day film festival has grown to embrace programming 365 days a year. TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, workshops and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world.
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto
PHOTO OPUpon the arrival of Their Excellencies.

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