TORONTO — Heritage Toronto has announced 40 nominees for the 2019 Heritage Toronto Awards, which are being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to Toronto’s heritage in four categories: Community Heritage, Public History, Book, and William Greer Built Heritage.
Four volunteer-based organizations are nominated for the Community Heritage Award: the Hellenic Heritage Foundation for its public education on Greek-Canadian history; Friends of Guild Park and Gardens for promoting appreciation of the park’s history; Heritage York for maintaining the 1847 Lambton House and its events sharing the area’s heritage, and Toronto Ward Museum for its programs and exhibits connecting the personal stories of Toronto’s past and present migrants. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize.
According to a Heritage Toronto release, the 14 nominees in the Public History category range from If, But, What if?, a project by The Bentway that challenges participants to re-imagine the area underneath the Gardiner Expressway through art installations, talks and tours; to Friars Music Museum, for its large collection and display of archival images, videos, rare artifacts that showcase a treasured time in Toronto’s music history; to City Builders — History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwar Toronto, a multi-component project that sheds light on the construction industry and its workforce in the 1950s-1970s.
Among the 11 exemplary projects nominated in the William Greer Built Heritage category are the adaptive reuse of the Symes Road Destructor, a former city-run garbage incinerator whose Art Deco design and industrial features are highlighted in its new use as a contemporary event space and brewery; the conversion of an 1874 Gothic Revival building, a Presbyterian theological school, into the new home for the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design; and the transformation of the Tower Automotive Building, a 1920 warehouse for the Northern Aluminum Company, into a multi-storey cultural hub anchored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, indicates the release.
There are 11 Book Award nominees this year which include The Ward Uncovered: The Archaeology of Everyday Life; Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto; and The Fruitful City: The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest.
The Heritage Toronto Board will also present a Special Achievement Award and a Heritage Toronto Volunteer Service Award. Recipients will be announced on Sept.19.