The 2017 Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts and the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards

May 16, 2017 - Winnipeg – The Winnipeg Arts Council announces the 2017 Winnipeg Arts Council Award Nominees. The nominees will be honoured and the winners announced at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, taking place Thursday, June 8th, at the Fort Garry Hotel.

This year’s nominees are an exceptional group. Actors, administrators, choreographers, curators, volunteers, playwrights - from emerging artists to pillars of the community and everything in between. We are proud to celebrate the ways in which they make this city great!

Mayor Brian Bowman will be on hand to present awards and address the crowd.  We look forward to wonderful entertainment from One Trunk Theatre and Sing Out Louise, MC duties from Leonard Sumner and remarks from Alison Gillmor.

"As the politics of culture and the culture of politics collide, it's more important  than ever to talk about the power of art. In divisive and difficult times, what can art do?"

- Writer Alison Gillmor


Five awards recognize excellence and creativity in and contribution to the arts: the RBC On the Rise Award; the Making a Mark Award; the Investors Group Making a Difference Award; the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Outstanding Award; and the Arts Champion Award.


"Congratulations to all the nominees. A diverse group of artists from all disciplines, they are a testament to Winnipeg's cultural vitality and unique artistic life. They inspire and challenge us, and we gratefully acknowledge their hard work, generosity and dedication.”

 - Carol A. Phillips, Executive Director, Winnipeg Arts Council


Find out all about the nominees here.

Tickets are on sale now.

Celebrate this great time with wonderful food and entertainment.

June 8th, 2017   The Fort Garry Hotel

11:15AM   Cocktails and Mingling

12:00PM   Formalities Begin

2017 Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts Menu

All meals are served with House Made Organic Sourdough Bread and Butter

Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee & Assorted Teas

  • Field greens with cranberries, almonds, avocado and basil lemon mint dressing
  • Red wine braised beef with potato and leek gratin, Chef’s vegetable
  • Wild berry cobbler with ice cream.


For the vegetarian and vegan option:

  • Field greens with cranberries, almonds, avocado and basil lemon mint dressing
  • Grilled Vegetable Napolean with slow roasted tomato sauce
  • Wild berry cobbler with ice cream or a vegan option


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