Ontario is celebrating the 18 finalists for the 2017 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
The awards recognize the extraordinary achievements of the province's artists and arts organizations. The 2017 laureates will be announced at an award ceremony at Canada's National Ballet School on October 30 in Toronto.
This year's finalists are:
Celebrating the contributions of artists and arts organizations is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Congratulations to this year’s nominees for their excellence in the arts and their meaningful contribution to society. We know the arts enrich our lives and contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, which is why these awards are so important and why we are committed to supporting and strengthening this valuable sector.”
Premier of Ontario
“It is my privilege to congratulate this year’s finalists for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. These artists and art organizations exemplify why our government remains so committed to supporting arts programs and activities across the province. Their works live in our theatres, galleries and public spaces, bringing people in Ontario together and enriching our communities.”
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“When people take the time to nominate a professional artist or arts organization for this important award, they are in fact recognizing the tremendous contributions that these artists or groups make to their communities and to their art form. The government’s recent funding increase to OAC is an acknowledgement that our arts community is vitally important to us, our economy, and our society’s well-being.”
Chair of the Ontario Arts Council