BftA Awards Gala

The Business for the Arts’ Awards Gala is 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.

The awards were launched under the Chairmanship of Edmund C. Bovey in 1978 with a focus on celebrating the extraordinary contributions made by individuals and companies through philanthropy, volunteerism and innovative partnerships. Past winners include The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Margot Holmes, Executive Director of the Vancouver Island Symphony; and Manulife, for their long-term partnership with Luminato Festival.

Nominations for the 2017 BftA Awards are now closed. Winners to be announced in the coming months.


2016 BftA Awards Gala


*Photo by George Pimentel

Our 38th Annual Business for the Arts Awards Gala took place November 16, 2016 at Canada’s National Ballet School, hosted by BftA’s President & CEO, Nichole Anderson. The evening began with a reception and awards show, where we honoured this year’s incredible five award winners. The show was filled with inspiring performances, tributes and speeches, as Canada’s arts and business leaders came together to celebrate the extraordinary contributions and commitment to the arts through philanthropy, unique and innovative partnerships, and volunteerism.

This year’s gala was particularly special to BftA, as Nichole celebrates her 10 years with the organization. Of course, we had to interrupt her hosting duties to surprise her with a 10-year anniversary tribute from BftA’s Vice President Aida Aydinyan and CEO & President of Toronto Arts Council, Claire Hopkinson! Thank you to all who supported this year’s awards, it truly was the best gala yet!


* Photo by George Pimentel

Congratulations to this year’s award winners:
Edmund C. Bovey Award: Kiki Delaney
The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award: Karen Kain
The Arnold Edinborough Award: Irfhan Rawji
The Corporate Champion of the Arts Award: Sun Life Financial
The Community Impact Award: The Daniels Corporation for their partnership with Artscape

Photos of the 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: Michael Vukets & Associates
Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Partner: Burgundy Asset Management Ltd
Community Impact Award Partner: AIMIA
Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Partner: The Globe and Mail

BftA Gala Partners 2016

The festivities continued post-gala at the Arnold Party, where we celebrated young professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts and our 2016 Arnold Edinborough award recipient, Irfhan Rawji. This year’s Arnold celebrations were a regal throwback to the 60s in NYC with an evening that transported guests to Truman Capote’s Grandest Affair: The Black and White Ball. What an unforgettable night of drinks, ballgowns, live sketches by Danielle Meder, and tunes provided by Toronto’s Duane Forrest.


* Photo by Ryan Emberley

Photos of the Arnold Party can be found on our Flickr page.

A special thank you to Christine Armstrong and Irfhan Rawji for their generous donation to the Arnold Party.

2016 BftA Awards Gala / Arnold Party in the Media
BK on the Scene

Thanks to all who made this year’s gala such a success – see you again in 2017!