Living In Toronto


Arts & Culture Services

The City of Toronto is proud to play a vital role in the cultural life of the city. Committed to the development of arts and culture in the Toronto, the Cultural Services section undertakes a range of responsibilities including:

  • the operation and administration of many museums, historic sites, performing and visual arts centres; financial support for cultural activity and individual artists; encouraging public art projects in both private and public developments; and
  • assisting a wide range of community arts organizations in accessing and sharing municipal services and facilities.

Central to the mandate of Arts & Culture Services is:

  • promoting the development of arts, culture and heritage throughout the City;
  • ensuring accessibility to a variety of cultural activities that enhance the cultural attractions of the Toronto Region; and
  • providing direct cultural services through its museums, cultural centres and art galleries, and supporting the entire cultural sector of the community.


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Toronto Book Awards

Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Charlotte Gray is the winner of the 2014 Toronto Book Award for The Massey Murder. Submissions for the 2015 Toronto Book Awards are now being accepted.