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