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Cultural Awards

The Owen Sound Cultural Awards celebrate excellence in the arts, culture and heritage in the greater Owen Sound area. These awards serve to underline the importance of culture to Owen Sound residents, and to recognize groups and individuals for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the area’s cultural vitality.Cultural Awards

The City of Owen Sound hosts an annual celebration where nominees are recognized for their contributions and an original work of art is given to the winner in each category.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are now open for the next round of the Cultural Awards.

New this year – Most Promising New Event award (replaces Outstanding Festival). Also, the Outstanding Event award criteria have been revised to include festivals.

Click on the link below to view and download the Nomination Guidelines and Form.

Cultural Awards Nomination Guidelines and Form

If you wish to submit your nomination electronically, please click on the link above, save the form to your computer, and fill in all highlighted fields.

You may then send it as an attachment along with any supporting materials to

Your email submission will be considered equivalent to a signature.

If you prefer a Word version of the form, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

Printed nomination packages may be picked up at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and Owen Sound City Hall.

Nomination deadline: December 5, 2016

Owen Sound Cultural Awards

Awards Ceremony and Celebration

The Bayshore Community Centre, February 19, 2017 at 2:00pm

Everyone is welcome to attend the awards ceremony and celebration, featuring a special appearance by Owen Sound’s Poets Laureate Larry Jensen and Rob Rolfe, with music before and after the ceremony. Hosted by singer and radio personality Steve Ritchie. Come out and celebrate the achievements of local artists and supporters.
Cash bar. Light refreshments. Free admission. 

Sponsor the Cultural Awards

Prestigious opportunity for any business. Associate your brand with Owen Sound’s brightest and most prominent artists and cultural groups. Boost your profile through your marketing in advance of and during the Cultural Awards event.

Download the form below and contact us today!

Cultural Awards Sponsorship


Award Sponsors



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2016 Award  Nominees and Winners

CULTURAL CATALYST - Awarded to Louise Jarvis
Presented by the Owen Sound Sun Times

  • Will Henry
  • Kee-May Ip
  • Louise Jarvis
  • Jon Mulder - Galaxy Cinemas

CULTURAL HERITAGE - Awarded to George Auer and Harmony Centre
Presented by The Alliance of Kirby, Robinson, Treslan, and Brian Barrie, Barristers and Solicitors

  • George Auer
  • Aly Boltman
  • Harmony Centre Owen Sound
  • Owen Sound Farmers Market

EMERGING ARTIST - Awarded to Nolan Murphy
Presented by Investors Group Owen Sound

  • Stella Coultas
  • Ron Crawford
  • Levi Dow
  • Kyle Haight
  • Nolan Murphy

OUTSTANDING EVENT - Awarded to Pratie Oaten

  • Ginger Press - Andrew Armitage book launch
  • Grey Bruce One World Festival
  • Grey Roots - Pratie Oaten
  • James Sebesta career retrospective
  • Noon Hour Concert Series
  • YMCA Peace Medallion Program

OUTSTANDING GROUP - Awared to Owen Sound Artists' Co-op

  • M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre
  • Owen Sound Art Banner Society
  • Owen Sound Artists' Co-operative


  • Bobby Dean Blackburn
  • Norman Broomfield
  • Chris Jackson
  • Bryan Leckie
  • Kate McLaren
  • Angola Murdoch
  • Bill Murphy

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Awarded to Alfie Fromager
Presented by Bayshore Broadcasting


Congratulations to all nominees and winners!

For more information, contact Doug Cleverley, Event Facilitator at 519-376-4440 ext. 1251 or email

Cultural Award Recipients 2009 to 2016

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