Born and raised in Toronto, Josh Colle is a two-term City Councillor for Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence and has served as the Chair of the TTC since 2014.
Since his election in 2010, Josh has been a vocal advocate for Toronto’s music scene and industry. At City Hall, he created and now Chair’s the Toronto Music Advisory Council. Thanks to Josh’s leadership, City Council has passed a number of motions designed to strengthen the music industry in Toronto, including the creation of a Music City Alliance with Austin Texas and a strategy to protect Live Music Venues. He has been a guest speaker on a number of panels including Wavelength Music Festival, Canada Music Week, and NXNE.
In his local community, Josh has advocated for increased arts and music programming and has connected youth with music grant opportunities and industry mentors. He also spearheaded efforts to celebrate Toronto’s reggae music scene, with the creation of Reggae Lane. This initiative included a laneway renaming, the largest reggae mural in Canada, live performances, a new “Reggae Lane” song, a Toronto Public Library research guide to Toronto Reggae, and a Toronto Reggae Hall of Fame.
Josh also sits on a number of boards and committees at City Hall and in his spare time, can be found at concerts at Toronto’s live music venues.