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2014 Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards

Celebrating the dynamic Arts & Heritage in Thunder Bay!

The achievements and contributions of talented local artists, cultural organizations and businesses were celebrated at the City of Thunder Bay’s annual Arts & Heritage Awards on February 19, 2015 at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites.

The nominees represented a wide spectrum of culture in Thunder Bay from individual artists, theater creators and historians to cultural business, educators, and supporters. Awards included cash prizes of $500-$1,000 and original work of art by local artists Jon Nelson.

Presenting Sponsor:                                                 Media Sponsor:

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2014 Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Award Winners

PERFORMING & MEDIA ARTS -  sponsored by: The Walleye

Lawrence Badanai photo

Since a young age, Lawrence Badanai has been involved in the performing arts community in Thunder Bay.  In 2014 he celebrated a milestone of independently producing Thunder Bay theatre for 15 years and has become a leader of local entertainment.  His recent production of “You’ll Get Used To It: The War Show” broke Cambrian Players box office records.


Elliott Doxtater-WynnElliott Doxtater-Wynn has made Thunder Bay his home for the past 17 years. During this time he has widely exhibited his artwork locally, regionally, and nationally, including the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Lakehead University, Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Aboriginal HeadStart and Aboriginal Arts and Craft Show.  His artwork is always culturally relevant and demonstrates his deep knowledge, pride and respect for his culture.



HERITAGE Built - sponsored by CBC Radio 88.3 fm

Rhea & Phil crook photoIn 2007, Rhea and Phil Crookundertook the restoration of the office building at 317 Victoria Ave.  Seeing the “diamond in the rough” of this landmark, the Crook’s brought back the original features that have long been buried within the building’s walls.  The restoration project reflects their dedication and commitment of time, energy and resources. 



HERITAGE Cultural - sponsored by: City of Thunder Bay Heritage Advisory Committee

Ernest Epp Photo

Dr. A. Ernest (Ernie) Epp is a well-known Canadian historian, former politician, and retired Lakehead University professor with a strong interest of our city’s history, Aboriginal history, the environment, local culture, Canadian multiculturalism, the industrial and fur trade history of Northwestern Ontario.  Over the years he has shared his passion by teaching and publishing numerous books and articles on these themes. 


ORGANIZATION - sponsored by: Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites

SOund of Superior Chorus

In 2014 Sounds of Superior Chorus celebrated “40 Years of Harmony” in Thunder Bay with their dedication to providing the best quality cappella singing barbershop style.  The Chorus produces 2 major shows a year and has made a commitment to young women in harmony by providing education, music, performance opportunities, expertise and financial support to teachers and students. 

OUTSTANDING YOUTH CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ARTS -  sponsored by: FORM Architecture Engineering 

Olivia Amoah

Since Olivia Amoah was a child she has loved to draw.  This past summer she volunteered at Definitely Superior Art Gallery and the Kita-Kon convention.  In addition, she was given the opportunity to paint the gallery walls with her own original art for the BIGGI art exhibition. In the past the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Saint Ignatius High School have exhibited her art and she regularly assists with sculpting and art classes throughout the city. 



CULTURAL EDUCATOR - sponsored by Recreation & Culture Division, City of Thunder Bay

Lora Northway

Lora Northway has dedicated her time and talents to developing and expanding the cultural landscape of Thunder Bay.  In addition to being a pivotal force in the ongoing success and growth of Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Lora is an important mentor for many young and emerging artists.  She created and coordinates Die Active, a forum for young artist to meet and connect. With 450 members, Die Active is now the largest youth art collective in Canada.  Seeing an opportunity to address the empowerment and restorative needs of the aboriginal youth living in Thunder Bay, Lora also organizes the successful Neechee Studios.


SMALL BUSINESS – sponsored by Weiler, Maloney, Nelson

CommuniTea and Coffee Shop

CommuniTea and Coffee Shop is a new business that is passionate about supporting local arts and creating a thriving community in the heart of Westfort.  To achieve this, they've dedicated a room for local artists to exhibit their works with no commission on the art that is sold.  In addition, they hosted a networking event for artists, artisans and creative minds to come together in one place and experience the welcoming environment that CommuniTea and Coffee Shop provides.  


photo of small business award

Performances by:

Robin Ranger & Dino Pepe
robin Ranger and Dino Pepe

Riaz Mehmood & Dahab from the World Dance Centre
sound in motion performanace

   Previous award winners

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