TORONTO — More than 500 guests from Toronto’s city-building community gathered recently as the winners of the 2018 Heritage Toronto Awards were announced.
In its 44th year, the Heritage Toronto Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the conservation and celebration of Toronto’s heritage, states a release issued by the City of Toronto.
The awards were handed out at The Carlu in Toronto to seven winners out of 53 nominees in five categories: Community Heritage; Public History; Historical Writing: Short Publication; Historical Writing: Book; and Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship.
Each category was independently judged by a jury of experts. The winners include:
Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Awards
The Keg Mansion for its restoration of a central decorative feature to this former Massey family home. The building owner is The Keg Steakhouse and Bar and craftspeople are Vitreous Glassworks.
The WE Global Learning Centre for the adaptive reuse of a rare Chicago School-style building, originally designed by Toronto architect Henry Simpson. The building owner is Jeff McLeod, director of WE GLC; the architectural firms are Philip Goldsmith Heritage Architect, Kohn Partnership Architects Inc.; and the craftspeople are TriAxis Construction Ltd.
The Community Heritage Award
Ireland Park Foundation for its work commemorating the history of Irish people in Canada.
The jury gave an honourable mention to Rise UP! A Feminist Archive, a digital archive providing online access to Canadian feminist materials from the 1970s to the 1990s.
The Members’ Choice Award
The Beach and East Toronto Historical Society for preserving and promoting the social, cultural, and architectural history of Toronto’s east-end.
The Public History Award
The Chinese Canadian Archive for its work documenting Chinese Canadian history in the GTA from 1878 to the present.
The jury gave an honourable mention to the Toronto Ward Museum’s Not Just Numbers: Representation in the Canadian Census, an innovative program that uses a game format to help participants engage with primary sources and identify the biases and stereotyping that exist in historical records.
The Historical Writing, Short Publications Award
Massey Hall – Shine a Light, a pamphlet exploring the history of the music venue’s first 100 years — from the operatic performances of Enrico Caruso to the Greatest Jazz Concert Ever. The author is Michael Barclay with contributors Mary Dickie and Jamie Bradburn. The publisher is Massey Hall.
The jury gave an honourable mention to Maple Leaf Forever, a souvenir publication on the enduring symbolic appeal of the maple leaf to Canadian identity.
The Historical Writing, Book Award
The Many Rooms of This House: Diversity in Toronto’s Places of Worship Since 1840, a nuanced analysis of how the growing wealth of the city led to competitive congregations, larger and more ornate places of worship, and eventually the transformation of this once overwhelmingly Protestant city into a symbol of diversity, the release indicates. The author is Roberto Perin and the publisher is the University of Toronto Press.
The jury gave an honourable mention to Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, a 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.
At the ceremony, the Heritage Toronto board also presented a Special Achievement Award to the Toronto Public Library for its continuing investment in landmark architecture and new facilities that have transformed Toronto’s built fabric and enriched community life, the release states. A Volunteer Service Award was presented to Jason Lee for his service as a dedicated tour leader, and advocate for the Korean-Canadian community.