Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 12, 2012 10:05 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General in Toronto to Focus on Innovation and Education Through the Arts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2012) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be in Toronto on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, to take part in activities that will highlight innovation and education through the arts.

"Innovation and education are at the heart of my mandate. It is therefore with great interest that I will be meeting with members of organizations and the people behind extraordinary, innovative initiatives that are having an impact on our society," the Governor General stated. "This visit to Toronto will allow Sharon and me to discover projects that bring together education, technology and the arts in collaboration with youth. I believe that by sharing knowledge and encouraging innovation, our society will continue to evolve and grow."

Wednesday, March 14
Toronto, Ontario

10:45 a.m.

Discussion with Young Entrepreneurs at Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone ("the Zone")

Their Excellencies will meet with young entrepreneurs at the offices of Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone, a workplace and incubator where students and alumni come to innovate, collaborate and market their products and services. The Zone is also a technology hub that commercial enterprises can turn to for progressive and creative digital solutions. The young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to explain to the Governor General how they turned their innovation into marketable products. For more information, visit

Ryerson University, 10 Dundas Street East, 3rd floor


Media information: Lauren Schneider, 416-979-5000 ext. 2997 or On day of the event, call 647-622-8674.

2:30 p.m.

Visit to SKETCH

The Governor General and Mrs. Johnston will meet with young artists involved with SKETCH and visit a music studio. SKETCH is a community arts initiative that is recognized for its capacity-focused approach to engaging youth (aged 15 to 29, who are dealing with homelessness, poverty or marginalization) through both the arts and skill building. Their Excellencies will also take part in a discussion on how SKETCH has created opportunities for youth to contribute to culture-building and the arts. For more information, visit

180 Sudbury St.

OPEN TO MEDIA - during the music studio site visit only

Media information: Dale Roy, 416-516-1559, ext. 34 or

3:15 p.m.

Introduction to Spongelab Interactive

The Governor General will be introduced to the online teaching platform and game-based learning created by the teachers, scientists, artists and programmers of Spongelab, an interactive science education company based in Toronto. His Excellency will try out some of their award-winning, science-based video games such as History of Biology, which teaches complex scientific concepts in an engaging, fun environment. For more information, visit

590 King Street West, Suite 201


Media information: Lisa Barnes, 416-703-9753 ext. 200 or at

3:15 p.m.

Interaction with Artists at Workman Arts

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will meet with Lisa Brown, Executive Artistic Director and Founder of Workman Arts, and interact with artists from various disciplines, such as theatre, visual arts, literary arts and music. Workman Arts is an arts and mental health company that facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their talents through training programs, public performances or exhibit opportunities, and by partnering with other art organizations. For more information, visit

651 Dufferin Street


Media information: Joanne Smale, 416-554-2637 or

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