Congratulations to our ACE Awards Finalists!

2011 ACE Awards Finalists Reception

Congratulations to our inaugural ACE Awards Finalists! This year’s six finalists were selected by an outstanding multi-disciplinary jury, featuring representatives from arts and community organizations including Shahina Sayani, Lekan Olawoye, Honor Ford-Smith, Nasrin Khatam, Saniya Ansari, Nadia Alam, Emily Pohl-Weary, Melanie Smith and Tai Ning Zhang.

2011 TD ACE Opportunity Award Finalists
Derek ‘Drex’ Jancar, Domanique Grant, and Joshua Barndt

2011 ICC ACE Impact Award Finalists
Friendly Spike Theatre Band, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture and The People Project

Congratulations to all of our 2011 ACE Awards Finalists, and THANK YOU for all the incredible work you do on behalf of the arts in our city!

The winners of the 2011 ACE Awards will be announced at the Neighbourhood Arts Network Conference on February 24th, 2012 at Harbourfront Centre. To learn more about the contributions these finalists are making to arts and culture in Toronto stay tuned to this space.

The ACE Awards are the result of a partnership between Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network and the 2010 DiverseCity Fellows (a joint initiative of CivicAction and the Maytree Foundation). Each award comes with a cash prize of $2,000.


 TD ACE ‘Opportunities’ Award for Individual Artists

A $2000 cash prize sponsored by TD Bank Group. This award celebrates an individual who has made a significant contribution by working collaboratively with culturally   diverse communities in Toronto to create opportunities for youth to access and contribute to arts and culture.

ICC ACE ‘Impact’ Award for Arts Organizations

A $2000 cash prize sponsored by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. This award celebrates an arts organization that has made a significant contribution/achieved a key   milestone by working in partnership with Toronto’s culturally diverse communities or developing a project that reflects a culturally diverse perspective, in its form or content.


A project of the Toronto Arts Foundation, the Neighbourhood Arts Network is the place where arts and community engagement meet in Toronto. We catalyze new discussions and relationships. We collect research and share information. We help artists and community organizations do what they do best: enrich Toronto and transform it into a more vibrant, beautiful, liveable city. To learn more, please visit

Launched in January 2009, DiverseCity Fellows is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project (DiverseCity) and is one of eight initiatives designed to diversify the Toronto region’s leadership landscape. DiverseCity is a joint initiative of two organizations, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance) and Maytree Foundation. DiverseCity is funded in part by the Government of Ontario. To learn more, please visit

These awards would not be possible without the generous support of the Toronto Arts Foundation, TD Bank Group, and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Questions? Please contact or call 416.392.6802 ext 212


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