Media Kit

Press releases, backgrounders and photos from the 2020 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards

 

ABOUT TORONTO ARTS FOUNDATION

Toronto Arts Foundation is a charitable organization that sparks creative connections, spotlights artistic excellence, and supports vibrant cultural growth throughout our diverse city, through private sector investment. 

 

ABOUT THE TORONTO ARTS FOUNDATION AWARDS

The Toronto Arts Foundation Awards celebrate artistic excellence and recognize the contributions of artists and arts supporters, across disciplines, to creative city-building in Toronto. Financial support of the awards is provided through a combination of legacies and annual donations from private and corporate donors. The awards are presented annually at the Mayor's Arts Lunch. 

The 2020 reimagined virtual Mayor's Arts Lunch takes place on September 24.

Program Book: 2020 Mayor's Arts Lunch - CLICK HERE (PDF)


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MEDIA ALERTS

Recipients Announcement (PDF)
Seven artists and organizations are honoured for transforming Toronto through the arts

Recipients Backgrounder (PDF)
Full bios of the 2020 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards recipients

Finalists Announcement (PDF)
Announcing the finalists of the 2020 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards

Finalists Backgrounder (PDF)
Awards descriptions and full bios of the 2020 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards finalists

 

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ARTS FOR YOUTH AWARD


JAYU, a charity committed to sharing human rights stories through the arts. 2020 Arts For Youth Award Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Jadon Lem. Artwork by Amber Williams-King


Nia Centre for the Arts, a charitable organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora. 2020 Arts For Youth Award Finalist. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


The Truth & Dare Project, an organization that provides free visual art workshops, self-care retreats, pop-ups, and an annual exhibit for young Muslim women in the GTA. 2020 Arts For Youth Award Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Noor Al-Mosawi. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


CELEBRATION OF CULURAL LIFE AWARDS


Karen & Allen Kaeja, choreographers, performers, idea originators and Co-Artistic Directors of Kaeja d’Dance. 2020 Celebration of Cultural Life Awards Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Aria Evans. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


Sandra Laronde, arts innovator, leader and Executive and Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance. 2020 Celebration of Cultural Life Awards Finalist. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


Ryan Rice, independent curator and an Associate Dean at OCAD University. 2020 Celebration of Cultural Life Awards Finalist. Artwork by by Amber Williams-King.


COMMUNITY ARTS AWARD


Jamii, local arts group serving the Esplanade. 2020 Community Arts Award Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Laura Dittmann. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


MUSE ARTS, community arts organization that increases support, access and visibility to immigrant, refugee and newcomer artists. 2020 Community Arts Award Finalist. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


Unit 2, arts and community space run by a collective of artist-activists. 2020 Community Arts Award Finalist. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.

EMERGING ARTIST AWARD


Britta B., poet, spoken word performer, emcee and artist educator. 2020 Emerging Artist Award Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Gilad Cohen. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


Leila Fatemi, emerging artist, curator and community arts worker. 2020 Emerging Artist Award Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Alia Youssef. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


jes sachse, artist, writer and choreographer. 2020 Emerging Artist Award Finalist. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.

EMERGING JAZZ ARTIST AWARD


Lauren Falls, bassist and composer. 2020 Emerging Jazz Award Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Reenie Perkovic. Artwork by Amber Williams-King


Matt Lagan, saxophonist, composer and bandleader. 2020 Emerging Jazz Award Finalist. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


Jesse Ryan, saxophonist and composer. 2020 Emerging Jazz Award Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Robin Sassi. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.

ROY THOMSON HALL AWARD OF RECOGNITION


Murray Foster, Juno-nominated musician, Professor and founder of Toronto Songwriting School, The Urban Orchestra, and Choir Nation. Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition Finalist. Original photo by Kim Hix. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


Nagata Shachu, Japanese taiko drumming and music group.  Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition Finalist. Original photo courtesy of David Ohashi. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.


Phem Phat Entertainment Group, producer of the Honey Jam programme for young female artists.  Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition Finalist. Original photo courtesy of Storm. Artwork by Amber Williams-King.