Toronto Arts Foundation Announces 2020 Awards Finalists

Sep. 15, 2020

The Toronto Arts Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2020 Awards. Seven awards celebrating Toronto’s exceptional artists, cultural leaders and arts organizations will be presented at the annual Mayor’s Arts Lunch on September 24, 2020.

 

The finalists are:

ARTS FOR YOUTH AWARD

JAYU – a charity committed to sharing human rights stories through the arts

Nia Centre for the Arts – a charitable organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora

The Truth & Dare Project – an organization that provides free visual art workshops, self-care retreats, pop-ups, and an annual exhibit for young Muslim women in the GTA

CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL LIFE AWARDS

Karen & Allen Kaeja – choreographers, performers, idea originators and Co-Artistic Directors of Kaeja d’Dance

Sandra Laronde – arts innovator, leader and Executive and Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance

Ryan Rice – independent curator and an Associate Dean at OCAD University

COMMUNITY ARTS AWARD

Jamii – local arts group serving the Esplanade

MUSE ARTS– community arts organization that increases support, access and visibility to immigrant, refugee and newcomer artists

Unit 2 – arts and community space run by a collective of artist-activists
 

EMERGING ARTIST AWARD

Britta B. – poet, spoken word performer, emcee and artist educator

Leila Fatemi – emerging artist, curator and community arts worker

jes sachse – artist, writer and choreographer
 

EMERGING JAZZ ARTIST AWARD

Lauren Falls – bassist and composer

Matt Lagan – saxophonist, composer and bandleader

Jesse Ryan – saxophonist and composer
 

ROY THOMSON HALL AWARD OF RECOGNITION

Murray Foster – Juno-nominated musician, Professor and founder of Toronto Songwriting School, The Urban Orchestra, and Choir Nation

Nagata Shachu – Japanese taiko drumming and music group

Phem Phat Entertainment Group – produces the Honey Jam programme for young female artists

 

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