City reveals nominees for St. Catharines Arts Awards

Posted on Monday April 17, 2017

The nominees are in for the 2017 St. Catharines Arts Awards, set to celebrate the most talented and creative minds in the community at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Monday, June 5.

In total, there are 21 nominees for awards in five categories: Emerging Artist, Established Artist, Arts in Education, Making a Difference and Patron of the Arts.

“This year’s St. Catharines Arts Awards are going to be one for the books,” said Rebecca Cann, the City’s cultural services supervisor. “We’ve had some amazing local artists nominated that represent the best of St. Catharines through their commitment, talent and contribution to the community. It’s time to thank these artists for their work and celebrate their accomplishments.”

The St. Catharines Arts Awards are set for Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cairns Recital Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Advance tickets are $12.52 plus HST and fees and available now at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre box office, by phone at 905.688.0722 or at Tickets will be $17.52 plus HST and fees the day of the event.

Recipients receive an iconic, hand-crafted award by Clayton Haigh of Balance Glassworks, as well as a cheque for $500. The City will honour two recipients in the Emerging Artist category, who will each receive a cheque and framed certificate. The recipient of the Patron of the Arts Award directs their $500 to an artist or arts organization of their choice.

Since its start in 2005, the Arts Awards have increased the visibility of St. Catharines' artists and cultural industries, honoured cultural leaders and cultivated financial and volunteer support for the arts sector. Visit for more information.

2017 St. Catharines Arts Awards nominees

Nominees for the Arts in Education Award, sponsored by the Pen Centre: Kasia Dupuis; Mendelt Hoekstra; and Rodman Hall.

Nominees for the Emerging Artist Award, sponsored by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University: David Green; James Millhaven; Jo Pacinda; Lauren Regier; Twitches and Itches; and Lacie Williamson.

Nominees for the Established Artist Award, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union: Jessica Carmichael; Gordon Cleland; Patricia LaRiviere; and Danielle Wilson.

Nominees for the Making a Difference Award, sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association: Gregory Betts; Marcie Bronson; Alice Burke; Mendelt Hoekstra; Kate Leathers; Rob Robbins; and START ME UP Niagara.

Nominees for the Patron of the Arts Award, sponsored by Sullivan Mahoney LLP: Richard and Cindy Kiermacz; and Lancaster, Brooks and Welch.

The 2017 St. Catharines Arts Awards are sponsored by: Meridian Credit Union, event sponsor; Essential Collective Theatre, production sponsor; Partridge Wealth Management, Mayor’s Reception sponsor; COGECOTV, broadcast sponsor; and Niagara This Week, print media sponsor.

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