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Thank you to all those who nominated Hamilton's deserving artists and arts professionals.
All Established Artist, Arts Community Leadership and Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize nominations were evaluated by an independent jury comprised of discipline-specific artists and arts professionals. A member of the Arts Advisory Commission or Arts Awards Steering Committee audited each jury session to ensure a fair and transparent process (this is a non-voting position). All nominations were evaluated using the same scoring criteria and were required to achieve a minimum benchmark score to be considered for an Award. View the 2019 Arts Awards Nominees.

Congratulations to the 2019 Arts Awards nominees! 110 established and emerging Hamilton artists have been nominated in 10 categories and the Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize.

2019 Recipients

2019 award recipients will be announced at the Arts Awards Event on June 13, 2019 at Theatre Aquarius Dofasco Centre for the Arts. 
The City of Hamilton Arts Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of established and emerging artists in eleven categories and presents $36,500 in cash awards and civic recognition.

2020 Nominations

Information about the 2020 program, including the nomination package, will be available in Fall 2019. To be notified about the launch of 2019 nominations, sign up for our email list by emailing