Through its awards portfolio, Toronto Arts Foundation honours many of Toronto's finest professional artists and arts organizations. The Toronto Arts Foundation Awards consist of two award streams: The Signature Awards and the Vision Awards. Toronto Arts Foundation Awards are presented to artists, cultural leaders and businesses in recognition of artistic excellence, cultural leadership and contribution to the arts. Financial support of the annual Toronto Arts Foundation Awards is provided through a combination of legacies and annual donations from private and corporate donors.

Nominations for six Toronto Arts Foundation Awards will open in the wintertime.

Any person may submit a nomination including arts champions, fellow artists, arts managers and leaders, board directors. Nominations forms may be found on the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination Portal. Click here for nomination forms. 

If you have any questions about eligibility for the Signature Awards, please contact:
Rupal Shah, Grants Officer, Strategic Programs, Toronto Arts Council
Tel: 416-392-6802 x209

If you have any questions about eligibility for the Emerging Jazz Artist Award, please contact:
Christy DiFelice, Music Officer, Toronto Arts Counci.
Tel: 416-392-6802 x202

Nominations will be considered for the following Signature and Vision Awards:

2017 Signature Awards

2017 Vision Awards

  • Peer Assessment 

    Find out who selects the winners

    Toronto Arts Foundation makes decisions about its award finalists and winners through the peer assessment process, meaning that all nominees are evaluated by a jury of professional artists and arts administrators. The peer review process is a valuable tool in ensuring transparency, equity and rigour.