Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

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

Mayor Don Iveson and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are proud to announce the winners of the 30th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts on Monday May 1st, 2017 at City Hall. Buy tickets for the event here.

The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts showcases Edmonton’s vibrant arts and culture industry by bringing together artists, the business community, media and arts appreciators to honour the valuable contributions Edmonton artists and arts champions make to our city. Proceeds from this event support PACE’s advocacy efforts on behalf of professional artists in Edmonton.

 


Mayor Don Iveson and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts:

 

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
Recognizing a local business that has invested in an arts organization, event, project or individual artist in the greater Edmonton area in a creative and original manner.
Happy Harbor Comics, nominated by Jeff Martin
Happy Harbor is Edmonton’s only international award-winning store with a focus on promoting creativity to kids of all ages through comics.

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
Recognizing a business or an individual that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to investing in Edmonton’s arts and culture industry through a specific arts organization, event, individual artist, or widespread investment in the arts.
Audreys Books, nominated by LitFest and the Alberta Book Fair Society
Audreys Books, Edmonton’s independent bookstore since 1975, enthusiastically supports local authors and hosts a multitude of author events. Audreys is the inaugural and continuing sponsor of the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, now in its 20th year, and provides support for Edmonton LitFest and the Edmonton Poetry Festival, while helping to develop the readers and writers of the future.

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
This award recognizes an individual, arts organization, media organization or business that has promoted the arts in a distinctly creative or exceptional manner.
Alexis Marie Chute, nominated by Wes Lafortune
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, writer and advocate. PhotoLife Magazine named her an “Emerging Canadian Photographer” and she curates InFocus Exhibit during Exposure Photography Festival. She was Artist-in-Residence at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. Her work is represented at Method Art and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award
Recognizing a mid-career individual or organization successful on a national or international level, that enlightens audiences and promotes Edmonton’s rich cultural, performance or visual arts scene in an extraordinary way.
Rapid Fire Theatre, nominated by the Rapid Fire Theatre Board of Directors
Edmonton’s busiest and favourite (Vue Weekly readers, Edmonton Journal polls) theatre company produces more than 220 shows, four festivals, 100 community visits and 14 international trips per year. In this, its 25th year of Theatresports, RFT is recognized as a mecca for new improv performers and a symbol for quality around the world.

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Recognizing an individual who, over a minimum of 25 years, has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Edmonton.
The Honourable Tommy Banks
Since his 1950 professional debut, Tommy Banks has, as the Toronto Star pointed out, “…..done everything a musician could wish for.” MacLean’s Magazine observed that “it would be easier to list the things he doesn’t do.” He is the recipient of the Juno Award, the Gemini Award, the Grand Prix du Disques-Canada, several ARIA Awards, and is a member of the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame. He has conducted symphony orchestras throughout North America and in Europe. His recordings are on Century II Records, distributed by Royalty Records. He is a member of the A. F. of M., ACTRA, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (U.S.), the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

CN Youth Artist Award
Recognizing the importance of art and design to a youth’s education, and encouraging the development and education of young artists.
Kieran MacDonald, nominated by Victoria School of the Arts
Kieran is 17 and is a Grade 12 student at Victoria School of the Arts. He is training to become a professional dancer. Kieran has had the opportunity to train at Joffrey School of Ballet in New York and recently worked with world renowned choreographers in Los Angeles.

DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction
Recognizing the outstanding achievement of an artistic leader in a specific arts discipline, actively leading and working in the greater Edmonton arts and culture sector.
Amy Shostak, nominated by Christopher Samuel
Rapid Fire Theatre has grown dramatically under Amy’s guidance, doubling its weekly programming and public workshop offerings while settling into its new home at the Citadel Theatre. The dynamic, collaborative atmosphere around the company has fostered two new innovative, annual festivals, and some of the city’s most exciting live performances.

Mile Zero Dance Progressive Artist Award
Recognizing the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways.
Paul Freeman, nominated by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts
Independent visual artist Paul Freeman is one of the founders and the Artistic Director at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, an art centre for artists with developmental disabilities in Edmonton. For the last fifteen years Freeman has taught or facilitated art making with special populations including: youth at risk, people with mental illness or addiction issues, people living in poverty with a focus on developing creative opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Freeman’s interdisciplinary practice includes drawing, sculpture and photography/ digital image creation, and the creation of short animated films.

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
Recognizing Edmonton’s valued, upcoming professionals – artists who, in the early stages of their careers, demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishments, as well as a unique artistic expression and commitment to the arts in the Edmonton region.
Ahmed Knowmadic, nominated by Muna Saleh
Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali is a Somali-born Canadian. He is a full-time poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker. Ahmed is a Canadian Champion in spoken word and has his poetry published and taught in schools. He is one of the organizers and founders of the Breath in Poetry Collective.

Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize
Recognizing written work which deals with some aspect of the city of Edmonton: history, geography, current affairs, its arts or its people or is written by an Edmonton author.
Rudy Wiebe, Come Back, Penguin Random House Canada
Rudy Wiebe’s novels, stories and non-fiction stand at the forefront of Canadian literature. He is widely published internationally and has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction twice, for The Temptations of Big Bear and A Discovery of Strangers. Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman, which Wiebe co-authored with Yvonne Johnson, was awarded the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, among numerous others. His memoir, Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and was a national bestseller. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and lives in Edmonton with his wife, Tena.

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management
Recognizing individuals or organizations who have demonstrated innovation, leadership and vision in the management of a professional arts organization.
Karen Brown-Fournell, nominated by Christine DeWitt
Karen has been den mother to Rapid Fire Theatre’s volatile and unpredictable improvisors for the past 15 years, during which time she has helped elevate the company to a financially stable, forward-thinking operation within reach of its dream for a home of its own.

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
Recognizing an individual or organization that has displayed the courage to take artistic risks and embrace innovation in artistic expression, resulting in a unique and distinctive project.
Amber Borotsik, nominated by Ben Sures
Amber Borotsik is an Edmonton-based contemporary dance and theatre artist. She mixes things up, working as an actor, dancer, choreographer, educator and creator (Scythe, Here. Like this.). In 2005 she founded the Expanse Festival with Azimuth Theatre Artistic Producer Murray Utas. Amber has received three Sterling Awards and has performed across Canada, the United States and in Japan with companies such as Theatre Network, Ghost River Theatre, Mile Zero Dance, and Northern Light Theatre among others.

Congratulations to the 2015 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts award recipients. Special thanks to our generous sponsors for their incredible support. For an overview of the event, photos and more information on the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, please visit pacedmonton.com. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event go toward supporting the 2015 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Charitable Partner, Theatre Network.

Mayor Don Iveson and PACE warmly congratulate the award recipients for the 27th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts:

Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
Capital Power

Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
Steven LePoole

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
CJSR FM 88.5

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award
Prairie Dog Film & Television

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Douglas D. Barry

CN Youth Artist Award
Rebecca Lappa

DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction
Ron E. Scott

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
Doug Organ

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management
Dave Cunningham (FAVA – Film and Visual Arts Society Alberta)
TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
Darcia Parada

All the nominees for the 27th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts are extremely talented and deserving of recognition. For those that did not receive awards, we urge the nominators to ask their nominees to consider allowing their names to stand for nomination again next year.


Corporate Challengers of the 27th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Look how many Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Corporate Challengers we have now!! On April 28th see the wonderful things that happen when the greater ‪#‎yeg‬ business and arts sectors work together (go to http://www.mayorscelebration.com/ for more details and a link to online ticket sales {Dress Circle sold out!!}) Also, make sure to visit the websites of the wonderful folks below (click on their names) and learn what they are doing to make the Edmonton area such a fantastic place to work, play and live:

1912 Studio
ATB Corporate Financial Services
ATCO Gas
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
Art Gallery of Alberta
Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Avenue Magazine
Bennett Jones LLP
Brinsmead Kennedy Architecture
Calder Bateman
Canadian Western Bank
City Lumber & Millwork
Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions
Edmonton Arts Council
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Edmonton Fire Fighters’ Union Local 209
The Edmonton Galleria Project
Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton Public Library
EPCOR
Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Landmark Group of Builders Ltd.
Langham Developments Ltd.
M.C. College Group
MMM Group
MacEwan University
Melcor Developments Ltd.
Miller Thomson LLP
NuEnergy Group
O’Hanlon Paving Ltd.
PCL Construction
ParioPlan Inc.
Parlee McLaws LLP
Qualico Commercial
Redco Equipment Sales
Scheffer Andrew Ltd.
Solution 105 Consulting
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Steppes Galleries


Mayor Don Iveson and PACE proudly announce the nominees for the 27th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

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27th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Call for Nominations!

Get your nominations in today! Nominations for the 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts are only being accepted online this year.  Only the top six nominations will be considered in each awards category. Click on the press release below to go to the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts nomination form microsite.
For Immediate Release - Mayor's Celebration of the Arts Call for Submissions


Award Recipients for the 26th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Mayor Stephen Mandel and PACE warmly congratulate our impressive 2013 award recipients. The calibre of all our nominees overall truly raised the bar of excellence this year. Thank you, nominators, for putting forth all these excellent candidates and thank you, nominees, for letting your names stand for these outstanding awards. Please join us in applauding all of them, especially the following deserving recipients:

Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
City Lumber Corporation

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
Fish Griwkowsky

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award
Corb Lund

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
John Mahon

CN Award for Youth Artist
Timothy Dowler-Coltman

DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction
Trevor Schmidt of Northern Light Theatre

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
Omar Mouallem

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management
Tom McFall of Alberta Craft Council

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
Shawn Pinchbeck


Mayor Stephen Mandel and PACE are proud to announce the 26th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Nominees

Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts

Mr. Irving Kipnes, Delcon Development Group nominated by Edmonton Opera

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF) nominated by Susan Pointe

Servus Credit Union nominated by The Citadel Theatre

Award for Sustained Support of the Arts

BMO Financial Group (“BMO”) nominated by Edmonton Opera & The Citadel Theatre

Capital Power Corporation nominated by Art Gallery of Alberta

City Lumber – Robert Rosen, CEO  nominated by Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

Fish Griwkowsky nominated by Elizabeth Withey

The In Crowd nominated by Bottom Line Productions Inc.

Joyce LaBriola nominated by Kirstin Piehl

Sir Francis Price nominated by Edmonton Opera

Ania Sleczkowska nominated by Anita Jenkins

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award

Tommy Banks nominated by Roger Breault

Jonathan Christenson nominated by Eva Cairns

Annie Dugan nominated by Alex Lucyk

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra nominated by Edmonton Airports

Corb Lund nominated by Todd Crawshaw

Michael Peng & Chris Bullough, Wishbone Theatre nominated by Bryan Gutteridge & Rugby

Rapid Fire Theatre nominated by Shelly Armitage

Ben Sures nominated by Katie Sowden

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

Douglas D. Barry nominated by Dr. Adriana Davies CM

John Mahon nominated by Edmonton Community Foundation

CN Youth Award

Danielle Lowe nominated by Ken Knowles

Holly Christiani nominated by Alberta College Conservatory of Music, MacEwan University

Timothy Dowler-Coltman nominated by Natalie Witte

Katherine Semchuk nominated by Shauna McGill

City of Edmonton Book Prize

Tim BowlingThe Tinsmith, Brindle and Glass

Catherine ColeGWG: Piece by Piece, Goose Lane Editions

Nora GouldI see my love more clearly from a distance, Brick Books

DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction

François Chevennment of Citie Ballet nominated by Trudy Callaghan

Heather Inglis nominated by Betty Hushlak

Kim Mattice-Wanat nominated by Angela Lawrence

Trevor Schmidt, Artistic Director, Northern Light Theatre nominated by Ellen Chorley, Northern Light Theatre

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist

100 mile house nominated by Al Chapman

Patrick Arès-Pilon nominated by Mile Zero Dance

Giselle Boehm nominated by March Music Inc & The School of Song

Justin Brunelle nominated by Parkland Films

Alexis Marie Chute nominated by Harcourt House

Giselle Denis nominated by Lisa Evangelos

Dave Luxton nominated by Kids Up Front Foundation Edmonton

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail nominated by Natasha Deen

Jessy Mossop nominated by Rob Tanner

Omar Mouallem nominated by Lisa Baroldi, Director/Vision Holder, Progress Unlimited

Jason Lee Norman nominated by Lamya Asiff

Mary Pinkoski nominated by Leila Sidi

Erin Elizabeth Ross nominated by Michael Dub

Sean Sonego nominated by Witold L. Gutter

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management

Miki Andrejevic nominated by Rosalind A. Sydie

Linda Huffman nominated by Arts Touring Alliance

Kerrie Long nominated by Panacea Entertainment

Tom McFall nominated by James Lavoie

Ritchie Velthuis nominated by Erin Di Loreto

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

ESMA nominated by William Saleme

Martin Johann Kloppers nominated by Chantele Theroux

Mercury Opera nominated by Toscha Turner

Mile Zero Dance nominated by Aaron Macri

Shawn Pinchbeck nominated by Gene Kosowan

Amy Shostak nominated by Rapid Fire Theatre


Our wonderful new image and our fantastic sponsors for the 26th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts!!

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

26th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Mayor Stephen Mandel and PACE are proud to introduce our brand new on-line nomination form. Thanks to Syncrude, we also welcome with open arms our long-missed Award for Excellence in Arts Management. We invite you to nominate your favourite arts-supporting organizations and artists today! Click on the media advisory below to link to our new on-line nomination form:

Congratulations to our Silver Anniversary Award Recipients

Mayor Stephen Mandel and PACE are impressed with the calibre of all the nominees for the awards offered at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.  We are truly fortunate to have such a diverse and talented pool of creative artists and arts supporters.  Thank you to everyone that allowed your name to be put forward for consideration.  The juries had their work cut out for them choosing the following, deserving recipients:
Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
ATCO Gas & ATCO Electric
Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
REALTORS® Association of Edmonton, Jon Hall, Marketing Manager
John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
Arts on the Ave
ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Brian Webb
CN Award for Youth Artist
Candace Chu
DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction
Marsh Murphy
Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
Jason Carter
Robert Koetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize
FREDDY’S WAR  by Judy Schultz, Brindle & Glass, Publishing Ltd.
TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

iDance Edmonton

 


And the 2011 award recipients are….

Mayor Stephen Mandel and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton congratulate the recipients of the 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts awards:
John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

Avenue Magazine

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

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
Lexus of Edmonton

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Charles Thomas Peacocke

City of Edmonton Book Prize
Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium by Myrna Kostash

Molson Coors Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction
Sandro Dominelli

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
Arlen Konopaki

Stantec Award for Youth Artist
Cynthia Hicks

Sutton Place People’s Choice Award
Ulrike Rossier

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
GeriActors and Friends

Proceeds from the 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts go to iHuman Youth Society and the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Comedy Cares program.


Nominee Announcement

PACE’s 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

On Monday, March 14 at City Hall, Mayor Stephen Mandel and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) unveiled the excitement and anticipation that is the 2011 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Ladies and gentlemen,  we are pleased and proud to announce our nominees for the 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts happening on April 11, 2011.  Get your tickets today at:  http://www.winspearcentre.com/all-events/2011-events/mayors-celebration-of-the-arts/

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievemen

Charles Thomas Peacocke

A.J. (Al) Rasko

Sam Uhlick

Brian Webb

City of Edmonton Book Prize

Tim Bowling (Gaspereau Press) for In The Suicide’s Library

Myrna Kostash (University of Alberta Press) for Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium

Rudy Wiebe (University of Alberta Press) for Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010

Molson Coors Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction

Michael Clark

Robert J. de Frece

Sandro Dominelli

Josée Thibeault

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist

Macha Abdallah

Amber Bissonnette

Punita Chohan

Alexis Marie Chute

Carrie Day

Ainsley Hillyard

Arlen Konopaki

Iligy alias Ilyass Mahfoud

Amy Skrocki

Meghan Wagg

Stantec Award for Youth Artist

Candace Chu

Cynthia Hicks

Christine Lee

Emily Schultz

Sutton Place People’s Choice Award

Debra Bachman Smith, Visual Arts Alberta Association Gallery

Rachelle LeBlanc, The Alberta Craft Council

Danièle Petit, Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta

Ulrike Rossier, Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts

Kelsey Stephenson, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP Gallery)

James E. Trevelyan, The Works International Visual Arts Society

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

Firefly Theatre & Circus Society

Geri Actors and Friends

Rob Heath

iDance Edmonton

Drew McIntosh

Guillaume Tardif

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

Avenue Magazine

Kevin Hendricks

Rhea March

Bart West

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

ATB Financial

ATCO Gas & ATCO Electric

The Delcon Group:  Dr. Dianne and Mr. Irv Kipnes

Film Alberta Studios:  Sam Osman

WorleyParsons/CoSyn Technology

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts

Days Inn Downtown Edmonton

Lexus of Edmonton

Michael Hamm/Frame 30 Productions

Students’ Association of Grant MacEwan University


2011 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Mayor's Celebration of the Arts announcementApril 11 is the date PACE will be hosting it’s 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.  Nominations have now closed for most award categories, however late submissions will be considered.  Click here to download our 2011 nomination form.

Tickets are now available for sale from TIX on the Square, 780-420-1757, and the Winspear Centre, 780-428-1414.

Donation Presentation

On July 27, with the help of Mayor Stephen Mandel, PACE presented $17,166 to the Youth Emergency Shelter Society (YESS). YESS was PACE’s designated charity for our 2010 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. PACE has given well over $100,000 to worthy Edmonton organizations since 2005. YESS is using the proceeds to help fund its arts programming for homeless youth in Edmonton.

Please see this press release (PDF) for details.


2010 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Mayor Stephen Mandel and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are proud to present the 2010 recipients of the following awards, conferred at the 23rd Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts:

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Alice Major

Edmonton Book Prize
Thomas Trofimuk

Molson Coors Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction
Greg Dowler-Coltman

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
Raymond Biesinger

Stantec Award for Youth Artist
Matthew Jonah

Sutton Place People’s Choice Award for Visual Art
Jeff Holmwood

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
Trevor Anderson

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
Allan E. Scott

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support
Maclab Enterprises

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support
Players de Novo

PACE congratulates all the outstanding nominees and recipients for the 2010 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.