2017 recipient Christopher Newton (R) poses with BH Award and Councillor Gary Crawford (L). Photo by Anne-Marie Krytiuk.

Established in 1996 in recognition of the canon of work that was Barbara Hamilton’s career, this award is presented to Canadian artist who demonstrates excellence in the performing arts and is dedicated to advocating and being an ambassador for the arts in Canada.

The Award is administered by the City of Toronto with calls for nominations sent out from TAPA. The Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award is presented every two (2) years and comes with a cheque for $1,500.00 and a scroll from the City of Toronto. The winner is announced at the press conference with the season’s Dora Award nominations.

Eligibility Criteria

Deadline for nominations: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 5:00pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The deceased are not eligible for consideration.
In order to nominate an individual for the Barbara Hamilton Award, please supply the following information:

  • Nominator’s Name, Title, Company, Phone and Email Address
  • Name of Nominee
  • Nominee’s Bio
  • Headshot or Photograph of the Nominee (if possible)
  • Cover Letter (Why you feel that the nominee should receive the Barbara Hamilton Award, up to 2 pages)
Deadline for nominations: April 26, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Click here to nominate


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