BftA Awards Gala

The Business for the Arts’ Awards Gala is one of Canada’s most prestigious and long-standing events where national arts and business leaders come together to celebrate extraordinary contributions and commitment to the arts sector through philanthropy, unique and innovative partnerships, and volunteerism.Past winners include The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada; and Manulife, for their long-term partnership with Luminato Festival.

This year’s 39th Annual Awards Gala dinner will be held on November 9th at the Art Gallery of Ontario where Business for the Arts will bring together Canada’s arts and business leaders from across the country for a memorable arts-filled evening. The gala will open with a private reception in the stunning Galleria Italia, followed by an awards show and exquisite three-course dinner in Baillie Court, where we will be treated to some of Canada’s finest artistic talent both onstage and off.


Our 2017 Gala sales sheet and fillable table reservation forms can be found here. For more information, to purchase individual tickets, or to return your completed reservation card, please email Valerie Morelli.  We look forward to seeing you November 9th!

Congratulations to this year’s award winners:

Edmund C. Bovey Award: Tony Gagliano
The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award: Piers Handling
The Arnold Edinborough Award: Diane Obam Dallaire
The Corporate Champion of the Arts Award: Air Canada
The Community Impact Award: PATTISON for their partnership with VIBE Arts

2016 Gala banner for website

Photos of last year’s gala can be found on our Flickr page. A video of the Awards Gala can be found on our YouTube page.

A special thank you to our incredible gala partners: 
Presenting Partner: Sun Life Financial
Arnold Edinborough Award Partner: The Michael and Karen Vukets Foundation
Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Partner: Burgundy Asset Management Ltd
Community Impact Award Partner: KPMG
Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Partner: The Globe and Mail


Gala Sponsors