Mayor's Arts Lunch

A celebration of the arts and artists in Toronto.

The Mayor's Arts Lunch, this year taking place on-line on Tuesday May 11, is a high-profile event that brings together a carefully curated room including artists, cultural leaders, arts philanthropists, key business and civic leaders, and politicians from all levels of government to celebrate and spotlight the artists and arts organizations whose work shapes and strengthens this creative city through the presentation of five Toronto Arts Foundation awards. This May we will be presenting the Arts for Youth Award, the Emerging Artist Award, the Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award, the Muriel Sherrin Award and the Toronto Arts & Business Award. 

"This is one of my favourite events every year."  Mayor John Tory

Over the course of the lunch’s history, Toronto Arts Foundation has welcomed leading Toronto personalities to host the event, including broadcaster and pop-culture critic Jesse Wente, director and actor Sharon Lewis, celebrated novelist, playwright and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald, actor R.H. Thomson and actor Allan Hawco.

“I’m not one for these big award shows, but I have so much love for the Toronto Arts Foundation, mainly because they recognize the important work that grassroots youth organizations are doing in our city.” Errol Nazareth, Host, Big City, Small World

“It's an honour as much as it is momentous for our organization. We're grateful to be recognized in the top 3. We know receiving support from the Arts for Youth Award can not only give us the support we need to elevate our organization to the next level, but also to be a part of a network that we can learn, grow and scale from within the Arts for Youth community.” - Blank Canvas Gallery, 2019 Recipient, Arts for Youth Award

This important event and the awards distributed are wholly supported by donations from generous arts champions

As an arts champion, we ask you join us in this celebration by becoming a Table Host with a sponsorship of $5,000. For information on sponsorship and your benefits, please click here. 

Ready to make your committment? Download, complete and forward the registration form. 

Individual tickets are not available. 

For more information on becoming a donor or sponsor of the Mayor's Arts Lunch, please contact:

Leslie Francombe
Philanthropy & Sponsorship Manager
‚Äč416-392-6802 x214

To view the 2020 Mayor's Arts Lunch Program click here. 

To view the 2020 Mayor's Arts Lunch on-line event click here.