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The Toronto Arts Foundation’s Annual Mayoral Arts Awards Lunch was held at Arcadian Court earlier today. It was a lively crowd full of notable artists, politicians, and arts supporters from all corners of the city. Special guests included Provincial Minister Kathleen Wynn, MPs Carolyn Bennett and Gerard Kennedy, City Budget Chief Shelley Carroll, Pan Am Games Chair Roger Garland, United Way President Susan McIsaac, Toronto City Summit Alliance Chair John Tory, architects A. J. Diamond and Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, and Mitchell Cohen from Daniels Corporation, Randy Dalton from the Dalton Company and Minto’s Chris Sheriff-Scott ; arts luminaries Martha Burns, Eric Peterson, Paul Gross, Alexander Neef, Lata Pada, Veronica Tennant, TIFF’s Cameron Bailey and community artsnotables Che Kothari, Liz Forsberg and Ruth Howard; and noted arts supporters Michael M. Koerner, Jim Fleck and Avie Bennett, among others.

The crowd and Arcadian Court

Award recipients were:
Arts for Youth Award: Manifesto
TorontoArts & Business Award: BMO Financial Group
RBCEmerging Artist Award: filmmaker Jamie Travis (shout out to finalists composer Constantine Caravassilis and director, actor and producer Michael Wheeler!)
Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition: Jose Ortega, Artistic Director of Lula Music and Arts Centre and the live music Lula Lounge.
William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life: Mallory Gilbert, former General Manager of Tarragon Theatre

Eric Peterson

This was outgoing Mayor David Miller’s final arts awards and he was also honoured with a commissioned poem read by Eric Peterson. The ceremony featured a special performance by Juno Award-winning jazz singer/songwriter Molly Johnson and a performance by the youth ensemble Samba Kidz.

Congratulations to the Toronto Arts Foundation and all of the deserving winners and finalists!

Host Jian Ghomeshi

TAC's fabulous Executive Director Claire Hopkinson

Mayor David Miller with Eric Peterson

Mayor Miller's address

Molly Johnson

Mayor Miller et moi

CBC's Matt Galloway

In the taxi, returning Jian to the CBC

The exceptional team at the Toronto Arts Council


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Just heard Rob Howarth of Toronto Neighbourhood Centres who also recommended sustaining the 2% cost of living increase to CPIP. Then Rami Tabello of Illegalsigns.ca who advocated a further increase to the billboard tax rate, given the already 119 billboard applications that have been received by the city.

Jacoba Knaapen and Jini Stolk

Jacoba Knappen of TAPA and Jini Stolk of Creative Trust take the podium – number 24 of 30. Jacoba speaks about the economic impact of over 175 theatre, dance and opera comanies who employ 6000 people and sold
2.4M tickets last year. That’s a $152M economic impact! Support=investment. “show business is big business”.

Jini tells a story of the Coleman Lemieux company who is restoring the crumbling Citadel building on Parliament. City funding from a now suspended program stimulated federal support, allowing them to revitalize a new building in Regent Park – a priority neighbourhood. “if we want to grow our economy, we should grow our support to the arts”.

Martha Burns


Miriam Fernandes

Now actor, filmaker and producer Martha Burns deputes and begins by telling a compelling story of a young child who was transformed by the arts.

Following Burns, Soulpepper outreach program youth participant Miriam Fernandez speaks about her experience and the impact of this program on other at-risk youth. Then two youth from the Daniel Dett Chorale speak. No notes! Nice job!

8:50pm… 40 minutes to go!

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