WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPORTING THE ARTS, TORONTO IS A CHEAPSKATE

“MONTREAL is at $78 per-capita. TORONTO is still trying to get to $25. It’s embarassing and it’s shameful. Montreal had reached $55 by 2009; Vancouver $47.”JACOBA KNAAPEN, executive director of TAPA, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.  According to the Toronto Arts Foundation, arts and culture contribute $11.3-billion dollars annually to TORONTO’s GDP. The $25 per capita arts funding is overdue.

<PHOTO – Mayor JOHN TORY contributes to a painting by artist PETER FARMER at the Evening For The Arts>