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 shortly. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2017.

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* for the following awards:

2017 Signature Awards:

Vision Award:

Nomination Forms:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Rupal Shah, Grants Officer, Strategic Programs, Toronto Arts Council
Tel: 416-392-6802 x209

*View this video to learn how to use the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination Portal

  • 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.