PACE Arts and Business Mixers

Opportunities to mix and mingle with members of Edmonton’s arts and business communities.

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Nominees will be announced on April 12th, 2017 at Massawa Cafe from 5-7pm. 

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts 2017 Award Recipients and Nominees

PACE wishes to congratulate all of the

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts 2017

Award Recipients and Nominees


Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts

Steel Craft Door Products Ltd.

Bedouin Beats

PlanIt Sound Inc


Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support for the Arts

Landmark Homes

The Paint Spot

Sarmad Shawqi, ceramic art teacher, Iraqi Canadian Association



John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

Jenna Marynowski, owner and writer, After the House Lights

Sventlana Kanyo, visual artist and managing director, Masters Arts Academy

Brent Oliver, director, BOP Management & Consulting; artistic director, UP+DT Festival

Zach Polis, content advisor and editor, Monetizing Your Creativity Podcast


ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award

Mariam Qureshi, curator, organizer and artist leader, Lotus Gallery

Arooka, Edmonton Multicultural Artist Group


ATCO Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award

Tamara Bliss


Emerging Artist Award

Nasra Adem, Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Sister 2 Sister & Black Arts Matter

Kasie Campbell, visual artist

Stephanie Lilley, artistic director, Viva Dance

Marlaena Moore, singer songwriter

Kate Stashko, dancer and choreographer

Jeannie Vandekerkhove, dancer and choreographer


Qualico Artistic Leadership Award

Dr. Allison Balcetis, musician, instructor of saxophone, University of Alberta

Jake Hastey, artistic director and chief executive officer, Toy Guns Dance Theatre

Svetlana Kanyo, visual artist and managing director, Masters Arts Academy

Julie Kiraly, director and chief executive officer, Hit That Jive Productions Ltd.

Paul Schieman, founder and artistic director, Alberta Baroque Ensemble


Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

Lauralyn Chow, Paper Teeth

Katherine Koller, Art Lessons

Trent Portigal, A Floating Phrase


Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management

Ken Regan, chief executive officer (retired), CKUA Radio

Rayanne Doucet, executive director, Edmonton Poetry Festival

Carol Holmes, executive director, Writers’ Guild of Alberta

Kim Mattice Wanat, artistic and managing director, Opera Nuova

Murray Utas, artistic director, Fringe Theatre


TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

The Executive of Toy Guns Dance Theatre


Fresh Canvas Art Company

Jen Mesch, Artistic Director, Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy

Obsessions Octet



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30th Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts

The 30th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Monday, May 1, 2017 at City Hall

Doors Open 7:30 pm // Event Start 8:00 pm

Tickets now on sale!

The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts showcases Edmonton’s vibrant arts and culture industry by bringing together artists, the business community, media, arts advocates, and arts appreciators to honour the valuable contributions Edmonton artists and arts champions make to our city.

This year, we’re taking the event back into City Hall for an elegant evening of pop-up performances, awards, refreshments, and surprises. It will be a red carpet affair to remember!

Artists Include:

DJ Creeasian & Cypher Wild

The Dungarees

Dylan Rhys Howard

Edmonton International Street  Performers Festival

Vince Forcier

The Gadjo Collective

Good Women Dance Collective

Leif Ingebrigtsen

Matt Schuurman

Mile Zero Dance

Miranda Allen

Morgan Smith

Nasra Adem

Tim Mikula


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors


ATB Financial (Ambassador of the Arts Award)

ATCO (Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award)

Qualico (Artistic Leadership Award)

Audreys Books, Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council (Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize)

Syncrude (Award for Excellence in Arts Management)

TELUS (Courage to Innovate Award)


Production World – Production

Oilers Entertainment Group – Live Entertainment

Dentons Canada LLP – Hospitality

EPCOR – Artist Market

Charton Hobbs – Bar

Special Event Rentals – Event Rentals

YEGLive – Ticketing

Avenue Magazine & Pattison Outdoor Advertising – Media

Flowers by Merle – Corsage

City of Edmonton

Catch the Keys Productions


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