The Ottawa Arts Council Awards Presentation

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Excitement was high as Ottawa celebrated artistic achievement and promise at the Ottawa Arts Council Awards Presentation. The Ottawa Arts Council hosted the event in the Alma Duncan Salon of the new Ottawa Art Gallery on May 7, 2019, with over 160 guests in attendance.

Sponsors were on hand to award a total of $22,500 in seven categories, acknowledging artists in every stage of their career.

Award Recipients

The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Alexandra Badzak

Alexandra Badzak

Sponsored by the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council

The Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Award

Meghan Lindsay in the title role of Alcina, Opera Atelier Toronto

Meghan Lindsay

  • Christos Pantieras
  • Renata Soutter

Sponsored by GGFL Chartered Professional Accountants and Mann Lawyers LLP

The RBC Emerging Artist Award

"17/matthew" by Olivia Johnston

Olivia Johnston

  • Stephen R. Coleman
  • Brendan A. de Montigny

Sponsored by the RBC Foundation Emerging Artist Project

The Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award

Mabel's Last Peformance, production still

Megan Piercey Monafu

The Project X, Photography Fund

"Pippa, Long Exposure on Polaroid 01" by Gary Franks

Gary Franks

Sponsored by the Ottawa Art Society

The Young Artist Award

Claire Amirault

Sponsored by the Artists & Artisans Study Group

Business and the Arts Recognition Award

The Vector Media team at the Bowlathon

Vector Media

Nominated by Great Canadian Theatre Company


Event Details

Ottawa Arts Council Awards Presentation
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Awards Presentation 7:15 p.m.

Alma Duncan Salon
Ottawa Art Gallery
50 Mackenzie King Bridge
Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5


Nicole Milne

Musical Entertainment

DJ Sweet Cheeks


The Ottawa Arts Council would like to thank RBC Foundation, Mann Lawyers, GGFL Chartered Professional Accountants, Artists and Artisans Study Group, the Ottawa Art Society, and the City of Ottawa for their support of the Ottawa Arts Council Awards Program.

We’d also like to thank our event volunteers and all who nominated and supported this year’s nominees and finalists.

A great big thank you to the Ottawa Arts Council Awards jury members

Nicolas Alain, Allison Burns, Michel Cheff, Erin Flynn, and Leslie Hossack

Thanks to Awards Chair

Joanne Rycaj Guillemette

Thanks to the Young Artist Award committee

Andrew Morrow, Stefani Truant, Nicole Milne, and Joanne RycajGuillemette

Venue Sponsor

Thank you to the Ottawa Art Gallery for providing the wonderful venue

Ottawa Art Gallery logo


Awards Sponsors

RBC Emerging Artists ProjectGGFL Chartered AccouncantsMann LawyersArtists & Artisans Study Group logoCity of Ottawa