The forest city has been officially named a UNESCO City of Music, making it the first city in the country to receive this distinction.
The news was announced Monday in a joint statement by the city and Canada’s Commission for UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
London joins more than 50 other cities around the world to be named City of Music by UNESCO, including Liverpool, England; Glasgow, Scotland; Hanover, Germany; Kingston, Jamaica; and Kansas City in the United States.
In a statement, London Mayor Ed Holder said that being named City of Music affirmed that London is “an international center for music and culture” and a “recognition of everyone’s continued commitment and dedication to the development of the music industry”. be in the music industry.”
Music is an integral part of London’s economic and cultural identity, “a community with deep roots in the creative field”.
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UNESCO officials make particular mention of the city’s post-secondary institutions for producing “internationally recognized, award-winning talent” and City Hall’s efforts to strengthen the local music sector, including the adoption of a music strategy in 2014 and the hiring of a music industry development officer in 2015
London has 15 recording studios and sees more than 4,700 live performances each year in a live music scene that employs almost 1,000 people. Collectively, London’s cultural scene generates nearly $600 million in economic activity each year, the city says.
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The city has hosted major music events in recent years, including the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards and the Juno Awards. London will once again host the CCMA Awards this year on November 29th, preceded by Country Music Week which begins on November 26th.
In a statement, Cory Crossman, London’s music industry development officer, said the appointment “highlights London’s brand nationally and internationally and provides London with greater outreach and learning opportunities through access to the UNESCO network of creative cities”.
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The City of Music award is one of seven awarded to cities around the world by UNESCO as part of its Creative Cities Network, launched in 2004. Other awards include crafts and folk arts, film, media arts, literature, design and gastronomy.
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At least 295 cities in 90 countries have received an award, including 59 as cities of music. Previously, Montreal was designated a UNESCO City of Design, Quebec City a UNESCO City of Design and Toronto a UNESCO City of Media Arts.
“This designation has been in the making for years and has been supported by our music community and the successful hosting of international acts and national events such as the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Country Music Week, the CCMA Awards and JUNOS,” Crossman said in a statement .
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