The Toronto Arts and Business Award

Celebrating the important contributions that Toronto businesses make to the arts

A photo of the recipients of the 2018 Arts and Business Award


About: The Toronto Arts Foundation Toronto Arts and Business Award celebrates businesses that make important contributions to the arts in Toronto through innovative and transformative partnerships. Established in 2006, this award is presented in partnership with Toronto Arts Foundation, Business/Arts and The Toronto Star. There is no cash prize associated with this award. The Toronto Arts and Business Award is part of our Signature Awards, presented every year at the Mayor's Arts Lunch.

How to Apply: External nominations are not accepted for the Toronto Arts and Business Award. Recipients are chosen by an award committee.

Selection Procedure: An award committee composed of up to 6 recognized business and arts professionals is responsible for nominating the candidates and selecting the award winners. Toronto Arts Foundation is not seeking unsolicited nominations for this award.

 Contact Info: For questions, please contact Susan Wright, Deputy Director, by email at susan[at]torontoarts[dot]org or by phone at 416-392-6802 X 211

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Toronto Arts and Business Award Recipients

  • Active Green + Ross – Complete Tire and Auto Centre, 2018 Recipient 

    Toronto Arts and Business Award

    Lyndsay Ashby, Owner/Operator of Active Green+Ross #779 in Etobicoke, not only services her customer vehicles, she is also an active member in the community, contributing both time and services. Lyndsay was so engaged by The HopeWorks Connection, which provides arts programs to youth in marginalised communities, that she increased her first-time sponsorship within the same fiscal year.

  • RBC, 2018 Recipient 

    Toronto Arts and Business Award

    RBC recognizes that the arts play an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies. The RBC Emerging Artists Project, which has supported over 8,000 artists since 2015, helps artists to bridge the gap from emerging to established by supporting organizations that provide the best opportunities to advance their career trajectory.

  • HEIGHTS DEVELOPMENT INC., 2014 Recipient 

    A joint venture partnership between developers Context and Metropia to revitalize the Lawrence Heights area. Metropia – A real estate development company that strives to offer a wide range of housing options with an emphasis on community, affordability and a responsibility to the environment. Context – A real estate development company, focused on the development of innovative residential condominiums in Toronto’s urban centre, providing artful and efficient solutions to the design challenges of urban sites.

  • Sun Life Financial, 2013 Recipient 

    Sun Life Financial is proud of their long-standing and award-winning support of the arts, which includes many cultural organizations in Toronto. For many years they have been the Season Sponsor of Tafelmusik. As National Partner of Culture Days, they further strengthen their commitment to the arts and extend their support to more than 800 cities and towns across Canada.

  • DANIELS CORPORATION, 2012 Recipient 

    Over the past two decades, The Daniels Corporation has become one of Canada’s preeminent builder/developers and has earned a reputation for quality and integrity in all forms of residential construction. Among its many initiatives, Daniels was chosen to partner with Toronto Community Housing to revitalize Regent Park – 69 acres in Toronto’s Downtown East. Committed to community.

  • TD BANK GROUP, 2011 Recipient 

    TD Bank Group plays a leadership role in the cultural development in Canada's next generation of artists and audiences. Perhaps best known for its sponsorship of major music festivals, TD also support cultural education programs and increases accessibility to those programs among Canadian children and youth. From student rush ticket programs to tours to remote communities, TD helps performing arts organizations engage and inspire the next generation. TD is one of Toronto's - and Canada's - most important champions of arts education.

  • BMO FINANCIAL GROUP, 2010 Recipient 

    BMO is being recognized for its long-standing commitment to mid-sized Toronto theatre organizations, as it continues to support companies who take profound artistic risks, forge new producing and presenting models and push ideas of what theatre might be. Their consistent and stable support enables companies to focus on what is really important – the art.

  • SCOTIABANK, 2009 Recipient 

    Over the past ten years, Scotiabank and its employees have provided more than $23 million to Arts & Culture initiatives, including contributions in support of programs, projects and organizations in the communities in which we live and work. Scotiabank is a major supporter of the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Canadian Opera Company, The Canadian Stage Company, the National Ballet of Canada, Soulpepper Theatre Company and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

  • TORYS LLP, 2008 Recipient 

    The award, presented in association with the Toronto Arts Council Foundation, honours Torys' pro bono work with CARFAC Ontario (Canadian Artists' Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens) in operating the Visual Artists' Legal Clinic of Ontario (VALCO). Since 2005, more than 30 of Torys' lawyers have advised artists on a pro bono basis through VALCO. Most of those artists would not otherwise have afforded legal representation.


    Over the last 30 years, Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts has established itself as a generous and committed supporter of artists and arts organizations across the GTA. From a children's concert to a TSO event, Robert Lowrey continues to show his support for Toronto musicians by donating his time, pianos, moving and tuning services, as well as sponsoring competitions.

  • CIBC MELLON, 2006 Recipient 

    CIBC Mellon was nominated for the award by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. In her nomination, Jeanne Lamon, music director of Tafelmusik said “The involvement of senior executives from CIBC Mellon has been crucial to the success of Tafelmusik. Their direct involvement has helped the orchestra to expand strategically and artistically to ensure a strong and vibrant future as an international centre of musical excellence.”