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Kirsten Gunter

Director of Communications
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403

Shoshana Wasser

Communications Coordinator (Government & Media Relations)
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434

Haseena Jamal

Communications Assistant
416-961-1660 ext. 6297
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 6297


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December 3, 2014
Theatre director, playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill is this year’s recipient of the John Hirsch Director’s Award . It will be presented to him on Tuesday, December 9, at Toronto’s Mercer Union , a centre for contemporary art, where he is giving a performance le...
October 15, 2014
Singer-songwriter Ken Yates is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for his song “ The One That Got Away .” The award will be presented on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Folk Music Ontario’s annual conference. About...
October 3, 2014
Click here to view an ASL version of the strategic plan Vital Arts and Public Value , the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) strategic plan for 2014-2020, is now available on the OAC website. The plan will provide a framework to guide OAC activities, funding programs, and s...
September 16, 2014
Ontario celebrated the winners of the 2014 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts at a gala event at Roy Thomson Hall this evening. The annual awards program honours Ontario's outstanding artists and arts organizations. Lee Maracle , a critically acclaimed poet, n...
July 29, 2014
Ontario is celebrating the twelve finalists for the 2014 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts . The award recognizes extraordinary achievements of the province's artists and arts organizations. The 2014 laureates will be announced at an awards ceremony at Roy Thomson H...
June 27, 2014
The provincial election is now behind us. We will soon be sending congratulatory messages to all returning Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP), and messages of welcome and introduction to all newly elected MPPs. As soon as they’ve had time to settle into their offices, we w...
June 27, 2014
Professional theatre in Ontario has evolved quite differently in English- and French-speaking communities over the past 40 to 50 years. While francophone theatre companies established and kept up a tradition of touring to mid-sized Ontario communities, many English-language th...
June 27, 2014
We are delighted that OAC’s Live Love Art… Vive l’amour de l’art… video has been awarded PR Daily’s 2013 Video Award for Best Interview Video ! While OAC initiated the video to mark our 50 th anniversary, the credit for its success goes to filmmaker Gl...
June 18, 2014
Visual artist and author Christi Belcourt is the 2014 recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award . Created in 2012, this award celebrates the work of Aboriginal artists and arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario. ...
June 13, 2014
Karyn McCallum  is the recipient of the 2014 Pauline McGibbon Award . It was presented at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards news conference at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on June 2nd, 2014. About Karyn McCallum Over the past decade, Karyn McCallum has ...
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