THE OFFICIAL FLAG OF TORONTO
The City of Toronto Flag Design Committee selects Rene DeSantis’ Toronto flag design as the winner of the flag design competition.Read More
The City of Toronto Flag Design Committee selects Rene DeSantis’ Toronto flag design as the winner of the flag design competition. On August 28, 1974 the City of Toronto Flag Design Committee launches a competition to select the new Toronto flag design. The Committee receives over 700 submissions from residents of all ages from Metropolitan Toronto. On November 6, 1974 the Committee unanimously selects the design of 21-year-old Rene DeSantis, a George Brown College graphic design student. The next day, the official flag raising ceremony is held in Nathan Philips Square, acknowledging DeSantis’ work.
The CN Tower opens as the tallest building in the world.
The first Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place under the name "The Festival of Festivals".
George Brown College expands with the new St. James Campus offering programs in business, community services, deaf and deaf-blind studies, and more.
Canada’s Wonderland opens, drawing families and thrill-seekers from around the world.
The Roy Thompson Hall opens, designed by Canadian architects Arthur Erickson, Mathers, and Haldenby.
Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau visits George Brown College students at the Nassau Street Campus in Kensington Market.
The George Brown College Foundation is established to offer scholarships, bursaries, and larger initiatives for students.
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre opens and goes on to host many large-scale events such as the G20 summit, the G7 summit, the Canadian International Auto Show, Canadian Idol auditions, and So You Think You Can Dance Canada auditions.
The SkyDome opens and is later renamed the Rogers Centre.
Julia Child visits George Brown College to sign cookbooks, taste local foods, and perform a cooking demonstration for culinary students.
The Toronto Blue Jays win Canada’s first World Series title. They would go on to win again in 1993.
Using the design skills he learned at George Brown College, DeSantis launches Montana Steele Strategic Marketing...Read More
Using the design skills he learned at George Brown College, DeSantis launches Montana Steele Strategic Marketing, offering design and branding solutions for real estate companies across the Greater Toronto Area.
East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, Toronto and York merge to form the new City of Toronto.
A second competition is launched to find a design for the newly amalgamated City of Toronto flag...Read More
A second competition is launched to find a design for the newly amalgamated City of Toronto flag, and DeSantis’ design is selected as the winner again. The Committee doesn’t choose any of the 161 entries from the public. During the process of evaluating the city’s design proposals, DeSantis suggests his design remain, with a few minor adjustments the Committee was looking for. After months of debate over the new flag design, it is decided that the slightly modified design by DeSantis is the clear favourite.
The Sheppard Subway Line opens, further connecting Toronto’s boroughs.
The Northeast Blackout occurs, leaving many Ontario residents without power.
The National Post holds a failed flag re-design contest and is mocked for offering a National Post coffee mug as the grand prize.
The G20 Toronto summit is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, sparking major protests downtown.
George Brown College President Anne Sado is appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and is recognized for her role in improving Ontario’s college education system and bringing a new vision to George Brown.
Toronto hosts the Pan American Games and Parapan American Games, drawing athletes and sports fans from across the continent.
Toronto is nicknamed "The 6" (or "The 6ix") by Toronto-born musician Drake.
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The Toronto Raptors undergo a rebrand, retiring their purple and red style in favour of a fresh, modern look.
Chanel opens their astounding Canadian flagship location on Yorkville Avenue, with Toronto flags waving at the entrance.
Toronto hosts the Invictus Games, an international multi-sport event created by Prince Harry for veterans and army personnel who are wounded, injured, or ill.
On a promotional tour in Toronto, American boxer Floyd Mayweather mistakenly states, “I’m wearing that Toronto flag” while wearing a t-shirt with a red and white maple leaf design.
Prime Miniter Justin Trudeau visits George Brown College’s Casa Loma Campus to greet students and staff, tour the facilities, and hold a press conference.
In January 2018, the School of Design at George Brown College works with DeSantis on a design challenge...Read More
Canadian actor Seth Rogan becomes the new voice of TTC announcements.
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In January 2018, the School of Design at George Brown College works with DeSantis on a design challenge in their studio lab course to create a City of Toronto flag logo, website, exhibit, and related products.
The partnership continues to execute the ideas that came out of the course, offering students a chance to work on a real project that aims to elevate the visibility of the Toronto flag and the unique identity it brings to Toronto.
In October 2019, Rene meets with Toronto City Councillor Mike Colle (Ward 8) to discuss the history of the Toronto flag and its importance as a local symbol.
Rene DeSantis commemorates the 45th anniversary of the flag with a visit to the Mayor’s Office...Read More
Rene DeSantis commemorates the 45th anniversary of the flag with a visit to the Mayor’s Office. He presents Mayor John Tory with an autographed print of an artistic interpretation of the Toronto flag to mark the occasion.
Rene DeSantis visits City Hall and is acknowledged in Council Chambers. He meets with Speaker of Toronto City Council Frances Nunziata and presents each member of Council with an autographed print commemorating the Toronto Flag.