2016 BftA Awards Gala

We invite you to join us at this year’s 38th Annual Business for the Arts Awards Gala where fellow arts and business leaders will come together to celebrate the extraordinary contributions and commitment to the arts through philanthropy, unique and innovative partnerships, and volunteerism.

This black-tie gala will feature a high caliber awards show filled with exclusive artistic performances, an exquisitely crafted three-course dinner, and an unforgettable post-event soirée.

This year’s event will be held at Canada’s National Ballet School on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 where we are pleased to be honouring the following winners for their significant support and dedication to the arts:

Kiki Delaney
Edmund C. Bovey Award
Recognizing a business leader who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and volunteerism in the arts in Canada.

Karen Kain
The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award
Recognizing an arts leader for their life-long commitment to fostering the arts in Canada by building partnerships with fellow arts executives, artists, media, business leaders and the public sector to ensure a vibrant cultural sector.

Irfhan Rawji
The Arnold Edinborough Award
Celebrating a young business professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and volunteerism in the arts.

Sun Life Financial
The Corporate Champion of the Arts Award
Recognizing a business that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support and commitment to the sector.

The Daniels Corporation for their partnership with Artscape
The Community Impact Award
Recognizing an arts and business partnership that has enhanced the quality of life and enriched the cultural scene in their community through innovative program(s), creative business partnerships and/or neighbourhood revitalization initiatives.

For more information on this year’s winners, please click here.

Schedule of Events
5:30pm: Welcome Reception
6:30pm: Awards Show
7:30pm: Three Course Dinner
9:30pm: Closing Soirée
10:00pm: The Arnold Party

We invite you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible as space is limited. Table information can be downloaded here. Reservation forms can be downloaded here.

All questions, forms, partnerships and press inquiries, can be directed to Raji Aujla at r_aujla@businessforthearts.org

Please join Business for the Arts post-gala for The Arnold Party, in celebration of young professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts and our 2016 Arnold Edinborough award recipient, Irfhan Rawji.

This year is a regal throwback to the 60s in NYC with an evening transporting you to Truman Capote’s Grandest Affair: The Black and White Ball. An unforgettable evening of drinks, ballgowns, live art, and tunes provided by Toronto’s Duane Forrest.


To view photo galleries of past events, please click here.

Thank you to our event sponsors
Sun Life Financial: Presenting Partner
Michael Vukets & Associates: Arnold Edinborough Award Partner
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd: Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Partner
AIMIA: Community Impact Award Partner
The Globe and Mail: Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Partner

BftA Gala Partners 2016