Media Advisory
June 21, 2018

Mayor John Tory will present musician and conductor Peter Oundjian with a Key to the City for invigorating the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with recordings, tours and innovative programming during his tenure.

Date: Friday, June 22
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.

“Toronto has a thriving arts and culture community because of the vision and world class achievements of Peter Oundjian and those like him. His body of work at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has introduced innovative ideas that have made music accessible to young people and positioned our city as a place of profound creative musical expression. For his contributions to a more artistically vibrant Toronto, I am proud to present Peter Oundjian a Key to the City,” said Mayor Tory.

Oundjian began studying the violin at age seven, before shifting his focus to conducting. After serving as Artistic Director to several international festivals and orchestras, he was named Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in January 2003, becoming the first Canadian to hold the position since 1973. He has found creative ways to grow the audience and improve the appeal of the TSO which has strengthened the ensemble’s presence and popularity around the world. As Conductor Emeritus, his final season is currently culminating with a month-long musical celebration of his career.

On April 30, seven Key to the City recipients were announced for 2018. The complete list of recipients for this year is available at
During his term in office, Mayor Tory has officially presented Keys to the City to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, Paul Beeston, Rush, Aubrey Graham (Drake) and Susan Gapka.

Since amalgamation, 60 Keys to the City have officially been presented by Mayors of Toronto. The Mayor awards the Key to inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of Toronto and have contributed significantly to civic life. The Key to the City represents the highest honour that the City can confer on an individual or a group.

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Don Peat
Office of the Mayor
Eric Holmes
Strategic Communications