Orillia & District Arts Awards


The Orillia & District Arts Council is seeking nominations for the ninth annual Orillia & District Arts Awards to be held on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Geneva Event Centre.

The Awards include four categories:

  •  The Educating in the Arts Award, recognizing an arts educator (not necessarily a teacher by profession) who has undertaken to impart artistic knowledge, skill and creative expression to others on a regular basis and in a variety of settings.
  • The Arts Achievement Award, recognizing the art or activity of a person or group that has made an outstanding artistic contribution – visual theatrical, musical or literary – to the cultural life of the community.
  • The Community Arts Award, recognizing an individual, organization or corporation that has made a marked contribution to the cultural fabric of the community while possessing the highest standards of motivation and service. Recipients may include individual arts patrons, volunteers, cultural organizations and corporate patrons.
  • Emerging Artist Award, recognizing an individual of any age who is in the early years of starting a career in the arts and is working towards becoming a recognized artist while engaging with the community.

The Orillia & District Arts Awards encompasses the communities of Rama, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn, and the City of Orillia. We encourage nominations in all arts genres such as music, visual arts, performance arts, literary arts and many more.

Nominate your candidate and help celebrate our artistic communities! All nominations are due Friday October 26, 2018 at 4 pm, with Orillia Parks, Recreation and Culture or by email to jsoczka@orillia.ca. No self-nominations please.

Download the ODAC-ARTS-AWARDS-Nomination-form-2018-1.pdf or pick up a hard copy from the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department on the 3rd floor of the Orillia City Centre. You can also request one by emailing jsoczka@orillia.ca or info@northsimcoe.life.

The Orillia & District Arts Awards recognizes the valuable contribution of artists, art educators, and art supporters make to the vibrancy of our community and its citizens. Join us November 22, 2018 as we celebrate the best and brightest in the area. The awards ceremony is held in partnership with the City of Orillia’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department together thanks to the generous financial support of Accutrac.


2017 Award Recipients

Left to Right: Coldwater Steampunk Society (Suzy Burtenshaw & Heather Keery), Community and the Arts; Tyler Knight, Arts Achievement. Photos: Deb Halbot

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