Media Advisory
March 11, 2023

Today, the City of Toronto marks the third anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with a commemorative gathering on Nathan Phillips Square. The commemorative gathering is a culmination of The Burn Vessels Tour.

Date: Saturday, March 11

Time: 6 p.m., remarks at 6:19 p.m. (sunset)

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queens St. W.

The commemorative gathering will include:

  • An Indigenous welcome, Ancestral Acknowledgement and formal remarks
  • A moment of silence to acknowledge friends and loved ones lost
  • A special appearance by Juno award-winning singer-songwriter Jully Black
  • A water-themed Integration Zone in the City Hall Rotunda featuring 24 hours of wellness programming, such as sound baths, meditation and movement.

More information about The Burn, including the commemorative gathering schedule and vessel locations throughout Toronto, is available on the City’s The Burn webpage.

The Burn, The Burn Vessel Tour and the commemorative gathering are part of the City’s free and accessible Stronger TOgether program to provide people across the city opportunities to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing disproportionately affected communities and those who continue to live with the effects of the pandemic. Stronger TOgether is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


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Michele Simpson