Through our awards portfolio, we spotlight Toronto's finest professional artists and arts organizations, celebrating their contributions to our city of arts.

A photo of the 2018 Signature Award recipients

Toronto Arts Foundation Awards are presented to artists, cultural leaders and businesses in recognition of artistic excellence, cultural leadership and contribution to the arts. Financial support of the annual Toronto Arts Foundation Awards is provided through a combination of legacies and annual donations from private and corporate donors. Toronto Arts Foundation Awards consist of two award streams: The Signature Awards and the Vision Awards. 


We are proud to celebrate outstanding artists and visionary supporters. Please click here.  To view a gallery of the 2019 Mayor's Arts Lunch awards ceremony, visit our Flickr page. Interested in helping to celebrate artists by supporting the Mayor's Arts Lunch? Please click here.

Please note, we are currently accepting nominations for a number of awards. There will be an Awards Information Session being held at Toronto Arts Foundation's office on January 10, 2020. For more information about the session click here.

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Any person may submit a nomination including arts champions, fellow artists, arts managers and leaders, board directors. Nominations forms may be found on the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination Portal

For questions about eligibility for the Signature Awards, contact:
Rupal Shah, Awards Program Manager. 
Tel: 416-392-6802 x209

For questions about eligibility for the Emerging Jazz Artist Award, contact: 
Christy DiFelice, Music Program Manager, Toronto Arts Council.
Tel: 416-392-6802 x202

For questions about eligibility for the RBC Arts Access Fund and the Community Arts Award, contact: 
Ines Aguileta, Acting Manager, Neighbourhood Arts Network
Tel: 416-392-6802 X 221

Click here to view a list of awards that are currently open for nominations. NOMINATE TODAY