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Eighth Annual Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

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Eighth Annual Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Ontario government recognizes outstanding artists and arts organizations

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario celebrated the winners of the 2014 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts at a gala event at Roy Thomson Hall this evening.

The annual awards program honours Ontario's outstanding artists and arts organizations.

Lee Maracle, a critically acclaimed poet, novelist, performance storyteller and scriptwriter, is the winner of the Individual Artist Award. Maracle is currently a Traditional Teacher at the University of Toronto's First Nations House and an instructor at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.

Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario won the Arts Organization Award. The professional theatre company focuses on contemporary works from playwrights and artists from Ontario and across Canada and has been developing noteworthy contemporary theatre for over 40 years.

The Emerging Artist of the Year award went to Cheri Dimaline, an author of two books of literary fiction. She is also a magazine editor and community development consultant for Canadian Indigenous communities.

Recognizing Ontario's outstanding artists and art organizations supports the government's plan to invest in people and recognizes the significant contribution artists make to our quality of life, culture and our economy.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is home to almost 57,000 artists – nearly twice as many as any other province.
  • The culture sector generates more than $22 billion annually for Ontario’s economy and supports more than 300,000 jobs.
  • The Premier’s Awards are administered by the Ontario Arts Council.

Additional Resources


Kathleen Wynne

“Art is the lifeblood of our communities, helping to shape our identities as people, and as a community. It is my great privilege to celebrate these truly remarkable artists whose work enriches the lives of all Ontarians.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

Michael Coteau

“The Premier’s Awards celebrate outstanding achievements by Ontario’s artists and arts organizations and honour their innovation, creativity and talent. We thank these amazing artists and arts organizations for their valuable contributions to Ontario’s rich cultural diversity.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Media Contacts

  • Blane McPhail

    Minister’s Office



  • Christy Arnold

    Communications Branch





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