Mayor John Tory was the headliner at the 50th anniversary of City Hall Toronto, on Sunday. He arrived at Nathan Phillips Square in a vintage streetcar.
Speaking at the kick off of the event, Tory spoke about the controversial design. “When it was built, there was a lot of controversy about the way the building looked.” said Tory. “First of all, I think it stood the test of time, and it shows you that when you go for excellence in design, and one of the reasons it was picked was because it was open”
Tory also revealed the fate of the giant Toronto sign left over from the Pan AM and Para Pan Am games, saying it would be left right where it is until the end of it’s projected lifetime which is 2016.
Tory cryptically made reference to getting two large sporting events for the city while he is the Mayor. “I don’t want to hex anyone by making mention of any particular one team, but that should include a Stanley Cup Parade that ends in this square.”
Festivities were capped with a live music stage, and cupcakes for attendees.