Credit: Tim Matheson

Mayor Gregor Robertson congratulates the artists (and celebrates Movember) at the awards ceremony in November.


Vancouver's arts and culture community celebrates the talent and contributions of local artists


At the swanky downtown 560 Club, purple and pink lighting on white brick walls surrounded the otherwise black room where the Vancouver arts community sipped drinks to the tunes of electro cellist Chris Derksen before Mayor Gregor Robertson took the stage to give the artists their much deserved props.

Mayor's Arts Award recipients were chosen by a jury of peers based on the artistic innovation they bring to Vancouver, each receiving cash awards of $2,500. Emerging artists chosen by each honouree were also acknowledged on their up-and-coming paths to acheivement.


Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award honourees:


Craft & Design: Ruth Scheuing


Culinary Arts: Frank Pabst


Film and New Media: Cease Wyss


Literary Arts: Evelyn Lau


Visual Arts: Christos Dikeakos


Public Art: George Norris


Community Arts: Carmen Rosen


Music: Dr. Salvador Ferreras


Dance: Alvin Erasga Tolentino


Theatre: Norman Armour


Philanthropy: Dr. Yosef Wosk


Business Support: Rio Tinto Alcan


Volunteerism: Betty Lou Phillips



Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award - Civic Award recipients


Artist Live/Work Award: Althea Thauberger, Michelle Allard, Josh Beamish, Kristen Roos


2010 Book Award Winner: Bruce Grenville & Scott Steedman



Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor Gregor Robertson with emerging literary artist Kaitlin Fontana (left) and literary arts honouree Evelyn Lau (right). (Image: Tim Matheson.)


Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award - Emerging Artists:


Craft & Design: Sharon Kallis


Culinary Arts: Culinary Youth Team Canada


Film and New Media: Dustin Rivers


Literary Arts: Kaitlin Fontana


Visual Arts: Alex Morrison


Public Art: Reece Terris


Community Arts: Maggie Winston


Music: Evan Arntzen


Dance: Sujit Vaidya


Theatre: Tanya Marquardt





Michelle Kay is a citizen of the world. Aside from creative writing, she has an affinity for activism, concept art, film and choreography. Read one of Michelle's short stories here.