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City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

First presented in 2005, the Arts Awards increase the visibility of St. Catharines' artists and cultural industries, honour cultural leaders and their achievements, and cultivate financial and volunteer support for the arts sector. Arts Award recipients to date demonstrate St. Catharines' breadth of talent and commitment to the arts.

Groove with the arts! Saturday, June 4, 2016

Presented by Meridian Credit Union

Meridian Credit Union



The arts groove is on at the 2016 St. Catharines Arts Awards, with a night of performances, awards and local celebration! The City of St. Catharines celebrates excellence in all areas of artistic creation and contribution, honouring local artists and cultural leaders and their achievements with awards handed out in 6 categories.

Featuring performances by this year's nominees, this "dress-awesome" evening at the Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, includes an after-party at Mahtay Café and Lounge. Join Mayor Walter Sendzik and City Council, members of the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee and this year's exciting roster of Award Nominees in this once-a-year evening of local celebrities!

Tickets: $12 in Advance | $17 Event Day (Plus applicable fees and taxes) Available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office: 1-855-515-0722

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Nominees for the 2016 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

2016 Award Nominees

Arts in Education Award

Sponsored by the Pen Centre

Celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging St. Catharines residents through arts education activities.

  • Derek Knight
  • Peter Vietgen

Emerging Artist Award

Sponsored by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University

Two emerging St. Catharines artists working in any discipline will be recognized, celebrating current accomplishments and future potential.

  • Aaron Berger
  • Charlotte Knight
  • Beth Moore
  • Whitney Pea
  • Kari-Lynn Winters

Established Artist Award

Sponsored by Henley Honda

For a professional St. Catharines artist in any discipline who has received critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in St. Catharines and beyond.

  • Matthias Bork
  • Amy Friend
  • Kevin Richard Hotte
  • Sandy Middleton
  • Bradley Thachuk

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Awards

Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union

For an established professional artist whose body of work has been recognized nationally and/or internationally, and who has made a contribution to the cultural vibrancy of St. Catharines over their lifetime.

  • Edward Burtynsky

Making A Difference Award

Sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association

Celebrates a St. Catharines arts entrepreneur, arts administrator, arts organization, arts animator or volunteer in the arts whose leadership and innovation have significantly contributed to the growth and development of arts and culture in St. Catharines.

  • Mendelt Hoekstra
  • Chris Illich
  • Liz Palmieri
  • Howard Slepkov
  • Candice Turner-Smith

Patron of the Arts Award

Sponsored by Sullivan Mahoney LLP

For an individual or business that has made a meaningful contribution to the arts in St. Catharines through innovative, transformative, and entrepreneurial partnerships or philanthropic investments.

  • Craft Arts Market (Sarah Jarvis and Nancy Kapodistrias)
  • The Pen Centre (Tina Dienesch)


Thanks to our community sponsors: Form & Affect, COGECOTV, Niagara This Week and Scotiabank - St. Catharines.

A special thank you on behalf of Mayor Walter Sendzik to Partridge Wealth Management, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, RE/MAX Broker Alaa Yousif and TAG Art Gallery for their support of the Mayor's Art Fund - which will be used fot the 2017 St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program.


All nominees will be celebrated at the St. Catharines Arts Awards event on June 4, 2016. Recipients will be announced that night and presented with:

  • a $500 cheque, with the Patron of the Arts Award recipient directing their cheque to an artist or arts organization of their choice
  • a beautifully hand-crafted St. Catharines Arts Award, by Clayton Haigh of Balance Glassworks (exception: Emerging Artist recipients)

New this year, two awards will be handed out in the Emerging Artist category.



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