News Release
June 13, 2018

Building upon the positive response from audiences and artists alike, YYZ Live, a musical celebration featuring live performances by local musicians, has taken to the stage again in Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Terminals 1 and 3. The encore music series starts this week and will run until the end of the year.  

“We are pleased that this successful partnership will continue and generate more paid performance opportunities for Toronto musicians,” said Mayor John Tory. “YYZ Live is a program that helps reinforce Toronto as a music city to visitors and residents alike.”

Produced by the City in partnership with Toronto Pearson International Airport, YYZ Live will present up to six free, live music performances a week for the enjoyment of passengers. Shows are scheduled for 6 to 6:40 p.m. and again from 7 to 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights at the YYZ Live stages in the Terminal 3 Departure Gate Area (past security) and the Terminal 1 International Arrivals meet and greet area (pre-security). The program was initially launched last summer and featured 150 performances in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

YYZ Live 2018 kicked off yesterday with a performance by alternative singer-songwriter Jong Lu in Terminal 3. The YYZ Live performance schedule is available at http://www.torontopearson.com/yyzlive and social media users can follow #yyzlive for schedule updates.

“Continuing YYZ Live further demonstrates the City’s commitment to supporting local artists,” said Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence), Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council. “This is also an exciting and unique way for people to discover new music in our city.”  

“Music is a significant industry and one of Toronto’s major cultural assets,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “YYZ Live spotlights the diverse sounds and incredible talent of our local musicians.”

“We’re thrilled to kick off another summer of great local music at the airport,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Bringing the sounds of the city to our terminals is yet another way we’re creating an authentic Toronto experience for our passengers from around the world.”

Toronto-based musicians are encouraged to apply to YYZ Live, City Hall Live and other events co-curated by the City’s music team. Applications are available at http://www.toronto.ca/music.

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Shane Gerard
Strategic Communications
416-397-5711
Anastasia Saradoc
Economic Development and Culture
416-392-8123
Ryan White
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
416-776-3431