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Finalists Announced for Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

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Finalists Announced for Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Ontario Marks Achievements of Artists and Arts Organizations

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is celebrating the twelve finalists for the 2014 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The award recognizes extraordinary achievements of the province's artists and arts organizations. The 2014 laureates will be announced at an awards ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 16 in Toronto.

This year's finalists are:



Visual Arts

Joël Beddows, Ottawa


Christi Belcourt, Espanola 

Visual Arts

Jane Bunnett, Toronto


Keith Campbell, North Bay

Visual Arts

Lee Maracle, Toronto


Arts OrganizationCategory
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto

Visual Arts

Blyth Centre for the Arts, Blyth


Debajehmujig Storytellers, Wikwemikong

Community Arts

International Festival of Authors, Toronto


Red Sky Performance, Toronto

Dance, Theatre, Music

Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury


Supporting artists and arts organizations is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts program is administered by the Ontario Arts Council and recognizes exceptional achievement in the arts in Ontario.
  • The winning artist receives $35,000 and selects a new or emerging artist, who receives $15,000. The winning arts organization is awarded $50,000. The remaining finalists in both categories each receive $2,000.
  • Any Ontario resident may nominate an artist or arts organization for the awards.
  • The culture sector generates more than $22 billion annually for Ontario’s economy and supports more than 300,000 jobs.
  • The province is home to almost 57,000 professional artists.

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Michael Coteau

“The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts recognize the outstanding contribution of artists and arts organizations in Ontario. I am proud of this year’s accomplished finalists who brighten our province with their creations and inspiring work.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Congratulations to all the finalists for this year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Each of them has made outstanding contributions to our province’s vibrant artistic and cultural landscape. We are delighted to recognize their achievements, and proud of our continued partnership with the Ontario government on this special initiative.”

Martha Durdin

chair, Ontario Arts Council

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