About the Arts Awards

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The City of Hamilton Arts Awards is one of the oldest programs of its kind in Canada and has been at the forefront of recognizing creative talent since 1976.

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Each year, citizens nominate artists for consideration by independent juries who choose 20 notable artists to honour for their excellence in 11 disciplines. Each successful nominee is presented with a cash award and an official certificate of recognition from the City of Hamilton; Established Artist recipients and Arts Community Leadership Award recipients also receive a signature medallion.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • celebrate and build awareness of the incredible contribution that artists make to Hamilton
  • foster growth in the arts sector
  • develop the talent that drives this vital part of our city

Learn more about the 2017 nominees
Learn more about previous Art Awards recipients

Arts Awards Event Details

Wednesday June 7, 2017 
Circuit 4.0 Collaborative Creative Space
Hamilton Central Library
55 York Boulevard, 4th Floor, Hamilton

Reception 5:30pm
Awards ceremony 7:00pm


The City of Hamilton Arts Awards event is free to attend but tickets are limited. Tickets are sold out! To be added to the waitlist for tickets, email artsawards@hamilton.ca with your name and the number of tickets needed.

Celebrate Hamilton's vibrant arts community at the 2017 City of Hamilton Arts Awards. The event will be a night to remember featuring a catered reception, digital media lab installation, interactive sound studio, screening of a film trailer, live music and of course the announcement of the Award recipients! 

This year’s tribute to Hamilton’s thriving artistic community will be emceed by Jody Boston and Dejehan Hamilton and include art installations and performances from:

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Pam Mulholland
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4270
Email: artsawards@hamilton.ca
Office address: Lister Building, 28 James St. North, 2nd Floor
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
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