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Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards

Arts & Heritage Awards 

Nominations and Applications are now open for the 8th Annual Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards!

Award categories include:

  • Music
  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Stage Performance
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Heritage
  • Cultural Organization
  • Cultural Sponsor of the Year
  • Cultural Venue of the Year
  • Cultural Festival or Event of the Year
  • Cultural Professional of the Year
  • Achievement - Built Heritage and Cultural Heritage Landscapes
  • Achievement - Cultural Volunteer of the Year
  • Achievement - Outstanding Youth
  • Achievement - Lifetime or Professional Achievement 

To make a nomination or apply, complete and submit the form below:

Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Awards Application Form - Adobe PDF, 3 pages, 292 KB

Nominations must be received by Thursday, December 21 at 4:30pm.


Winners of the 7th Annual Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards 
Credit: Epica Pictures

The City of Thunder Bay’s 7th Annual Arts & Heritage Awards were held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Magnus Theatre, presented by Copperfin Credit Union

The City of Thunder Bay is proud to announce the winners of the 7th Annual Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards. All event photos by Epica Pictures

Category  Winner

sponsored by

The Honest Heart Collective 
The Honest Heart Collective
sponsored by Thunder Bay CEDC
Ron Harpelle Ron Harpelle
Visual Arts 
sponsored by the Public Art Committee
Julie Cosgrove
Julie Cosgrove
Stage Performance 
sponsored by Magnus Theatre
Colin Stewart  Colin Stewart
sponsored by CBC Thunder Bay
Heather Leighton Dickson 
Heather Leighton Dickson
sponsored by WSP
Paul Morralee
Paul Morralee
Cultural Organization 
sponsored by Theymedia
Neechee Studio  Neechee Studio
Cultural Sponsor of the Year  Signal Resources  Signal Resources
Cultural Venue of the Year  Red Lion Smokehouse  Red Lion Smokehouse
Cultural Festival or Event of the Year  Urban Infill  Urban Infill
Cultural Professional of the Year 
sponsored by Copperfin Credit Union
Jason Wellwood  Jason Wellwood
Cultural Volunteer of the Year
sponsored by Copperfin Credit Union
Donna Paterson  Donna Paterson
Achievement - Lifetime 
sponsored by Weilers Law
Ruth Tye McKenzie Ruth Tye McKenzie
Achievement - Built Heritage 
sponsored by the Heritage Advisory Committee
Urban Abbey Urban Abbey
Achievement - Outstanding Youth 
sponsored by CBC Thunder Bay
Riley Yesno  Riley Yesno


The Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards is an annual gala event organized by the City of Thunder Bay that recognizes and celebrates the influence, achievements, and support of local individuals, groups, and businesses associated with arts and heritage. Award categories represent a wide spectrum of Thunder Bay’s cultural sector from music, film, stage performance, literature, visual arts, photography and heritage to cultural organizations, venues, events, volunteers and supporters.

For more information:
Ash Young - Cultural Development & Events Supervisor

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:

Copperfin Logo

And to our Event Sponsors:   
Magnus Logo

Magnus Theatre Logo

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