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RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program

Silver Ticket Mentors

The TAPA RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program (TREAM) is designed as a mutually beneficial exchange for both mentee and mentor and fosters the possibility of celebrating intergenerational collaboration. TREAM will benefit the mentee by helping them to develop a profile in the competitive arts scene in Toronto and connect them to a broader network. Through the encouragement of the available Silver Ticket mentor, emerging artists will gain valuable insight into the next stage of their artistic journey, helping to discover their individual artistic voice and explore their artistic expression.

This program is generously supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Program:

TREAM consists of:

  • 3 paired mentor/mentee cycles,
  • 3 months per cycle,
  • $3K honourarium per mentee
  • Codeveloped workplan based on approx. 20 hours total (6-7 hours per month)
  • Access to the B Street “Dora Mavor Moore Mentorship Studio”
  • Access to design personnel for consultation as needed via partnership with the Associated Designers of Canada


  • Application 
    • Online with CV and two page letter of intent, selecting an available Silver Ticket mentor and outlining why the prospective mentee wishes to work with them and in what program area
    • Mentorship periods must occur within April 29 – August 31, 2024
  • Review
    • Applications will be assessed by TREAM Committee to create a short list
    • Shortlist will be reviewed by the Silver Ticket Mentors identified in the applications
    • Successful applicants will be determined by the TREAM Committee
  • Workplan
    • Mentees will develop a workplan with their Silver Ticket Mentor
    • Template of approx. 20 hours total (6-7 hours per month)
  • Mentorship Cycle
    • Mentees and Mentors will participate in a half-day workshop to launch their cycle
    • TAPA staff will maintain regular check-ins with Mentee/Mentor pairs
  • Community Exchange
    • Mentees and Mentors will offer a summary of their unique journey, including what worked in the process and what challenges were faced

Applications open Tuesday, March 19

Deadline for submission Monday, April 8, 5:00pm

Announcement of mentorships Tuesday, April 23


  • Accessibility accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. (ie. video/audio submissions) Contact Dora Awards Manager Scott Dermody at or 416.536.6468 x 2. Please ensure that text versions accompany alternate submission modes.

Roster of Silver Ticket Mentors - Click for Bio and Program Areas

Allen MacInnis

2023 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

Peggy Baker

2019 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

Jane Marsland

2017 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

Andy McKim

2016 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

Marlene Smith

2009 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

John Van Burek

2008 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

ahdri zhina mandiela

2006 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

Sky Gilbert

2005 Silver Ticket Award Recipient

Thank you for your interest in the program. Applications are currently closed. Stay tuned for the next round!

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