Congratulations to our 2013 award winners, who were honoured at our National Awards Gala on November 15, 2013 at the Carlu in Toronto.
Edmund C. Bovey Award – Gary Slaight
As President & CEO of Slaight Communications Inc. and Slaight Music, Gary Slaight has been a staunch supporter of Canadian musicians and actors as well as a champion of arts education. The Slaight Family Foundation supports a number of initiatives including the Slaight Family Music Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, the Slaight Family Music Program at Soulpepper, and the Slaight Family Fund for Emerging Artists at The National Arts Centre Foundation, which are focused on the development and training of up-and-coming artists. The Slaight Family Academy at the Shaw provides training programs for actors and a drama course for students in Grades 4 to 12. Gary has not only helped to shape the arts in Canada through his companies, but also through his extensive philanthropy and volunteer membership on many not-for-profit boards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2005, and received a 2012 JUNO Award for his contributions to the Canadian music industry.
artsVest™ Outstanding Partnership Award – PAVED Arts, the Saskatoon Symphony and Affinity Credit Union
PAVED Arts, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Affinity Credit Union partnered to launch a new concert series called The Core Series. The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra serves a large audience of music lovers, and PAVED Arts is a non-profit, artist-run centre for contemporary media arts. Both organizations are located in the Riversdale area of Saskatoon. The Core Series is a two-part concert series that took place during the 2012-2013 season and involved the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra performing contemporary sound pieces by local and international composers. The music was accompanied by video art specifically selected for each piece and produced by PAVED Arts. As the presenting sponsor, Affinity Credit Union enjoyed positive exposure with existing customers and employees while communicating their community and cultural values to potentially new customers.
Best Entrepreneurial Award – Calgary Hotel Association
The Calgary Hotel Association launched the Remarkable Experience Accelerator program in 2012 in partnership with Calgary Arts Development. The program, made possible by the 59 member hotels that make up the Calgary Hotel Association, has had a wide and deep impact on major arts events, artists and audiences in Calgary. With selected arts organizations, the program develops customized, multi-year investment strategies in addition to providing capacity-building and support in tourism marketing and audience demographics. Currently a three-year initiative (2012–2014), the program has made strategic investments of $500,000 in three arts enterprises: Calgary International Film Festival (provided seed funds to secure a programming team, ensure a high-quality festival and increase overall audience); Calgary Opera and its program Opera in the Village (provided funding to produce the first outdoor opera festival in Canada as well as incentive for other funders to come on board); and Sled Island (allowed the music festival to develop stronger relationship with its financial institution and address cash flow issues). The program has helped to maximize each arts organizations’ goals in creating remarkable arts experiences.
Most Effective Corporate Program Award – RBC Foundation, RBC Emerging Artists Project
In the five years since it was established, the RBC Emerging Artists Project has funded many initiatives that have impacted the lives of young artists and contributed to the health and vibrancy of our cultural institutions. The RBC Foundation provides $3 million in grants through the RBC Emerging Artists Project for apprenticeships, internships and emerging artist recognition programs. Since 2008, the RBC Emerging Artists Project has been a key partner in the Soulpepper Academy, recognizing mentorship, collaborative creation, multidisciplinary skills, and community outreach training as necessary to the current and future reality of emerging artists wanting to build sustainable careers in Canadian theatre. The partnership allowed Soulpepper Academy to establish itself as one of the most important and innovative residencies for emerging theatre artists in Canada, with many Soulpepper Academy graduates having gone on to make a significant impact on Canadian theatre. The RBC Emerging Artists Project has helped provide much needed financial resources, all important visibility, and meaningful encouragement to Canada’s next generation of artists.
Small Business Partnership Award – La Scala Home Cinema and Integrated Media
Since 1960, Vancouver Opera has been providing British Columbians with stimulating and enriching programming that redefines opera and its accessibility. In 2011, it undertook a multi-phase renovation of its new home The O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera. As the culmination of a long held-dream to amalgamate five separate spaces into one location, the project included the installation of multimedia equipment (cameras, screens, and digital and telecasting technologies) to further engage the community. As a local company with many stakeholders in the arts sector, La Scala Home Cinema and Integrated Media provided $30,000 in leading edge multimedia and communications and equipment at an at-cost rate. With this new equipment in place, La Scala has played a significant role in the opera’s ability to further reach its community engagement programming. Thanks to their investment and continuing support, their spirit of philanthropy has also attracted and inspired other partners.
Most Innovative Marketing Sponsorship Award – Robert Lowrey Piano Experts
For more than 30 years, Robery Lowrey’s highly trained piano experts have served the community from its Toronto location. As Canada’s largest piano retailer, their contributions to the cultural community have given many the opportunity to hear, learn from and perform on some of the finest instruments. Soundstream’s partnership with Robert Lowrey centred on Piano Ecstasy concert in April 2013 at Koerner Hall, a 1,135 seat venue in Toronto. This celebration of music featured nine Canadian pianists and three grand pianos provided in-kind by Robert Lowrey. The company also offered studio space for rehearsals. The partnership between Soundstream and Robery Lowrey was highlighted by a marketing and PR campaign for the Piano Ecstasy concert, resulting in excellent ticket sales and a sold-out show, proving that apassion for music has the power to bring together the community.