The African Musical Extravaganza, an event that was scheduled to take place on Nathan Phillips Square this weekend, has been cancelled.
Event organizer Igbo Traditional and Cultural Revival Foundation (ITCRF) did not provide the standard documentation required by the City of Toronto for all event applicants. Missing documents or information included building permits, special occasion permits, insurance certificates, Toronto Public Health requirements and payment for use of the square. In addition, organizers have failed to adequately explain to event support staff the activities planned for the day.
City staff provided extensive support and assistance to the ITCRF. After multiple opportunities and extensions to deadlines, the City notified the ITCRF on July 26 that a permit will not be issued. ITCRF organizers may apply for use of the square for an event in 2019.
Festivals and other special events that represent Toronto’s multicultural diversity are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy. They are enjoyed each year by local residents and visitors. Nathan Phillips Square continues to be a popular event location and 67 events have been issued a permit for use on Nathan Philips Square so far this year.
This news release is also available on the City’s website: https://bit.ly/2LqjJcG