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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.

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


       Kongats ArchitectsWall-Tech


Mix 106The Sun Times



2017 Award  Nominees and Winners 

CULTURAL CATALYST - Awarded to Kee-May Ip
Presented by the Owen Sound Sun Times

  • Will Henry
  • Kee-May Ip
  • Jon Mulder - Galaxy Cinemas
  • Michael Warren

CULTURAL HERITAGE - Awarded to Community Waterfront Heritage Centre
Presented by Kongats Architects

  • Community Waterfront Heritage Centre
  • Kee-May Ip
  • Owen Sound Farmers Market

EMERGING ARTIST - Awarded to Raven Taylor
Presented by Wall-Tech Drywall

  • Levi Dow
  • Billy Goodkat
  • Chris Morton
  • Raven Taylor
  • Riel Warrilow

MOST PROMISING NEW EVENT - Awarded to Saints & Sinners: Taste of the Trail

  • Saints & Sinners: Taste of the Trail

OUTSTANDING EVENT - Awarded to Grey Bruce One World Festival
Presented by Zehrs Owen Sound

  • Grey Bruce One World Festival
  • Scenic City Film Festival
  • Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival

OUTSTANDING GROUP - Awarded to Owen Sound Art Banner Society

  • M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre
  • Owen Sound Art Banner Society

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL - Awarded to Don Buchanan

  • Don Buchanan
  • Bryan Leckie
  • Kate McLaren
  • Wil McReynolds

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Awarded to Ariel Barkley 
Presented by Bayshore Broadcasting

Congratulations to all nominees!

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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