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Heritage Toronto Award Nominations
Press Release | October 6, 2018

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From Issue No. 271 | October 8, 2018






August 2, 2018 (Toronto, Ont.) – Heritage Toronto is pleased to announce the 53 nominees for the 2018 Heritage Toronto Awards. The inspiring work ranges from a Chinese Canadian Archive to "dirty" mansions to new parks, and spotlights subjects such as the Red Scare, our Whiskey Kings and the Underground Railroad in Toronto. Nominees are being recognised for their extraordinary contributions to Toronto's heritage in five categories: Community HeritagePublic HistoryHistorical Writing: Short PublicationHistorical Writing: Book, andWilliam Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship.


The longest-running heritage awards in Canada, the 44th Heritage Toronto Awards will be celebrated on Monday, October 29, at The Carlu.




Five volunteer-based organizations are nominated for the Community Heritage Award which features a $1,000 cash prize. The group includes Ireland Park Foundation, recognized for its commemorative public space dedicated to the Irish famine migrants of 1847, and its ongoing work to promote the history of the Irish in Canada; and RISE UP! A Feminist Archive, a digital archive dedicated to fostering research and inter-generational conversations, and inspiring activism for future social change.


Among the 18 Public History Award nominees are Berczy Parkthe site of razed historical buildings that was first converted into parking and now serves as a public space for evolving community needs; Historica Canada's first animated Heritage Minute on Kensington Market that captures the newcomer-centered history of this vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhood in the downtown core; and Driftscape, a  free mobile application that uses content from arts and cultural groups to produce place-based experiences in a new collaborative multimedia approach. 


The 18 nominees in the Book category range from Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queera richly illustrated history of how individuals and community networks transformed Toronto from a conservative place into a city that has led the way in queer activism; to Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness, a collection of conversations with political candidates from across Toronto on how they energize their communities to address local issues of poverty, violence, racism, and drugs. Other nominees examine Toronto's music scene inLightfoot, a biography of one of Canada's greatest songwriters, and the city's most fascinating and shadowy deaths in The Toronto Book of the Dead.


For the time-pressed, this year's seven Short Publication Award nominees offer quick but enthralling reads. Nominees explore the history of Toronto's iconic music venue and its planned multi-year renovations in the pamphlet Massey Hall – Shine a Light; the enduring symbolic appeal of the maple leaf to Canadian identity in the exhibit catalogue Maple Leaf Forever; and the accusation of communist allegiance against one of Canada's most powerful media moguls in the article Historicist: Ted Rogers, Communist?


Highlighted among the five exemplary projects nominated in the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship category are the adaptive reuse of Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital's administrative building into Humber College's new Centre for Entrepreneurship; the restoration of glass work in the Keg Mansion restaurant, formerly the stately home of one of Canada's most famous families; and the conversion of a rare Chicago School-style building in Toronto that housed a succession of furniture stores into the WE Global Learning Centre.


A full nominee list, by category and with descriptions, is available at the 2018 Awards Website. As part of the Awards Ceremony, the Heritage Toronto Board is pleased to also present a Special Achievement Award and a Heritage Toronto Volunteer Service Award with recipients to be announced to the media on September 27.


Heritage Toronto is a charity and agency of the City of Toronto that celebrates and commemorates the city's rich heritage and the diverse stories of its people, places, and events.




Tickets to the event are $95 ($70 for Heritage Toronto members), and can be purchased online at or by phoning 416-338-1338. This event is Heritage Toronto's major fundraiser of the year, raising monies in support of its public programming.



The Carlu (444 Yonge Street West, Toronto)


5:30 PM


7:00 PM



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Reporters, photographers and videographers are welcome to attend the Awards.


Media Contact:                 Lucy Di Pietro, Manager, Marketing & Communications



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