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Published on November 02, 2019 with No Comments

 The winners of the 2019 Heritage Toronto Awards were announced at a sold out ceremony. In its 45th year, the Heritage Toronto Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the conservation and celebration of Toronto’s heritage.

 Winners were named in four categories: Community HeritagePublic HistoryBook, and William Greer Built Heritage. Each category is independently judged by a jury of experts. In addition, a Members’ Choice Award was presented. This award is selected by Heritage Toronto members from among the Community Heritage nominees.


The Community Heritage Award was presented to: Hellenic Heritage Foundation for educating the public on Hellenic culture and exploring Greek-Canadian history through exhibits and walking tours. In 2018, they commemorated the 100th anniversary of the anti-Greek Riots in Toronto. They are currently working on building a Greek-language online tool for second-language learners. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium.

The Members’ Choice Award was presented to: Friends of Guild Park and Gardens for its work to improve, enhance and protect this unique urban park. The group has collaborated with numerous organizations to build public awareness and appreciation of the park’s history by offering tours, family-friendly events, and with the re-opening of the Sculptors Cabin. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium.

The Public History Award was presented to two projects:At Heart, Citizens of the Esplanade, a short documentary that highlights the untold stories of people in the Esplanade, and the wider St. Lawrence neighbourhood. More than 150 community members of all ages helped with the creation of the documentary, sharing their stories or working on the film’s production.Creators: Joseph Johnson Camí and Ayelen Liberona;Producer: Isorine Marc, Jamii;Editor: Joseph Johnson Cami

If, But, What if?, a collaborative project for The Bentway’s 2018 Fall Season Public Art Exhibition that invites participants to re-imagine the area underneath the Gardiner Expressway and reconsider their relationship with it. Through art installations, talks and tours, this project explores what could be, what perhaps should be, and what may never be within our ever-evolving city landscape.

Two Book Awards were presented to:The Fruitful City: The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest, a thoughtful consideration of our relationship with food through the fruit trees that dot our city streets and yards. Once living heirlooms, fruit trees went from being dietary staples to raccoon fodder, and are now back in demand due to the rise of urban farming.Author: Helena Moncrieff,Publisher: ECW Press

Tomorrow is Too Late: Toronto’s Hardcore Punk in the 1980s, a treasure trove of serious punk history that is packed with rare photos, rough art, and raw memories from those who were there, and explores the underground subculture in the pre-internet era.Authors: Shawn Chirrey and Derek Emerson,Publisher: UXB Press

Two William Greer Built Heritage Awards were presented to: 

The Symes for the adaptive reuse of a 1934 destructor (city-run garbage incinerator) to a contemporary event space and brewery, highlighting its Art Deco design, and preserving its original industrial features.Owner: Symesbridge Inc.,Architects: Jedd Jones Architect Ltd., Philip Goldsmith Architect


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