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35th annual Business for the Arts Awards Gala

The Gala

The Business for the Arts, Canada’s national association of business leaders who support the arts, held their 35th annual Business for the Arts Awards Gala at the Carlu in Toronto, Ontario on November 15, 2013.  This Gala brought together more than 400 of Canada’s business and arts leaders “to celebrate business and arts partnerships, philanthropy and volunteerism in the arts” and “the extraordinary contributions made by individual business leaders and companies who have shown outstanding commitment to the arts.”

The Entertainment: 

Awarding winning and brilliant Molly Johnson not only hosted but performed brilliantly for guests.  Other entertainment included stunning dance choreography by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie and Canada’s National Ballet School, jazz artist Gavin Hope, and a performance by Soulpepper Resident Artist Mike Ross. Acclaimed keyboardist, composer and arranger Bill King and the Bill King Trio also performed.

“We are delighted to have the fantastic Molly Johnson as the host of our gala awards this year,” said Nichole Anderson, President & CEO of Business for the Arts. “We look forward to an inspiring evening in celebration of the tremendous impact achieved when arts and business come together to create rewarding and successful partnerships. We commend all our winners for their foresight, leadership and commitment in support of arts and culture in Canada.”


The Business for the Arts Awards 2013:

The recipients are:

The Edmund C. Bovey Award: Gary Slaight, President & CEO of Slaight Communications Inc. and Slaight Music
The Arnold Edinborough Award: Stephen Delaney, Senior Associate in Corporate Finance at Paradigm Capital Inc.
The artsVest™ Outstanding Partnership Award: PAVED Arts, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Affinity Credit Union

The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Partnership Awards (four categories):

Best Entrepreneurial Award: Calgary Hotel Association
Most Effective Corporate Program Award: RBC Foundation, RBC Emerging Artists Project
Most Innovative Marketing Sponsorship Award: Robert Lowrey Piano Experts
Small Business Partnership Award: La Scala Home Cinema and Integrated Media

The Arnold Party:

The Arnold Party, the official after-party of this gala, was a high-energy gathering of dynamic, arts-minded young professionals to celebrate the winner of the Arnold Edinborough Award and to encourage and support leadership and volunteerism in Canadian arts and culture. It was hosted by actor, comedian and playwright Rick Miller, host of the primetime series Just for Laughs.  This party’s entertainment included DJ The Soul Proprietor (Eon of Bedouin Soundclash), performances by Toronto vocalist Saidah Baba Talibah and jazz artist Vincent Bertucci, a live art installation by Sarah Cannon (painter) and Fezz Stenton (projectionist) of Young Offenders (by Young Lions Music Club), and Shannon Litzenberger’s contemporary dance installation Everyday Marvels.


The Business for the Arts Awards Gala brought together Canada’s foremost business and arts leaders to recognize outstanding business support of the arts.  It was a brilliant event!

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Category: Arts
Start Date: 2013-11-15
End Date: 2013-11-15
Venue: Carlu Toronto

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