A Summer Celebration of
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The Team

City of Toronto Team


John Filion | Founder

John Filion, Councillor for Ward 18, has been a Willowdale homeowner since 1978. He has held elected office continually since 1982, first as a member of the North York Board of Education for nine years, including four years as Chair (1987-1990). In 1991, John was elected as a Councillor for Ward 11 in the former City of North York. With amalgamation in 1998, John was elected to the new City of Toronto Council.

John sees cities as a collection of neighbourhoods which need to be supported and protected. He believes in keeping residents informed and involved in decision making. John maintains an office in North York Civic Centre and spends much of his time dealing with local issues. www.johnfilion.ca


North York Arts Team

North York Arts (NYA) has been a co-presenter of  Cultura for 8 years and we are hard at work to bring another exciting Cultura festival to the community.

NYA is a non-profit organization and registered charity. Our mission is to collaborate with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities. We are one of six Local Arts Service Organizations (LASOs) in Toronto whose purpose is to deliver on the City’s social, economic and cultural goals outside of the downtown core. NYA was created to specifically address the needs and interests of artists, arts organizations and residents based in North York.

Fanny Martin | NYA Producer
John Filion | Founder
Derek Andrews | Music Consultant
Brant Matthews | Busker Consultant
Lila Karim | NYA Executive Director
Melissa Foster | NYA Program & Outreach Director
Cecilia Garcia | NYA Program & Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel Birnberg | NYA Development & Communications Coordinator
Kavita Gurm | NYA Event and Communications Assistant
Charlotte Young-On | NYA Event and Volunteer Assistant

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