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Toronto Welcomes World’s Largest Interfaith Event

TORONTO, ON (October 30, 2018) – The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is pleased to announce that it will host the world’s largest and most diverse interfaith gathering, Parliament of the World’s Religions, from November 1-7, 2018. The 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions will bring thousands of individuals of faith from over 80 countries to Toronto and will provide a forum for representatives from 200 unique spiritual backgrounds to discuss diversity, justice, harmony and reconciliation.

The 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions will feature more than 500 programs and notable keynote speakers including former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Dr. Payam Akahvan, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Dr. Karen Armstrong, and Margaret Atwood. The Parliament will also include a film festival featuring ground-breaking movies and documentaries on various topics around spirituality.

The arrival of the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions highlights Toronto’s standing as one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the world. Over 50% of Toronto’s population was born outside of Canada and multiculturalism is celebrated within various neighbourhoods in the city, which represent the traditions, religions and cuisine of different ethnic backgrounds.

“We are honoured to be the first Canadian venue to host the Parliament of the World’s Religions”, said Barry Smith, President and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “Toronto is proud of its cultural diversity and we look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world who stand for peace and justice.”

“Toronto is a city where more than half of the population was born outside of Canada – we’re a city that welcomes the world,” said Tara Gordon, Vice President, Business Events Sales & Service at Tourism Toronto. “Now Toronto has the honour to be the first Canadian destination to welcome the Parliament of the World’s Religions and we wish each and every delegate a remarkable stay in the most diverse city in the world.”

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