The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award


Nominations open February 2018

The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award is presented as a joint venture of the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Arts Council. The award recipient also receives a bronze casting, special edition version of the late Victor Tolgesy’s 1963 sculpture titled “Seed and Flower” provided by the City of Ottawa. The recipient will also receive a cash prize of $5,000. 


The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award was inaugurated in 1987 by the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council to recognise the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city. It is named in honour of Ottawa artist Victor Tolgesy who died in 1980. 

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Sylvie Desrosiers

2017 Recipient of the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Sylvie Desrosiers’ artistic influence lies at the heart of contemporary dance in Ottawa. For the past 35 years Sylvie has brought dedication, generosity, and inspiration to the growth of students, choreographers, productions, and companies. Director of Le Groupe Dance Lab school from 1991 -1994, Sylvie joined The School of Dance in 1995 to establish the school’s Contemporary Dance Programme. In 2005 the program was accredited as a college program where Sylvie continues as Director, inspiring successive generations of dance students. She is also a founding member and on the Board of the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD).

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Guidelines for Eligibility

Recipients of this award must:

  • Have lived in the National Capital Region (defined as 75km from Parliament Hill) for the previous five years
  • Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per category per year)
  • Not have previously received this award

Evaluation Criteria

  • The nominee fully meets the eligibility criteria
  • Diversity of the nominee’s accomplishments
  • Impact of the nominee’s contribution to the arts in Ottawa
  • Extent of their role in the development of the Ottawa arts community

Other Information

An individual, collective, or arts organization may nominate a candidate by filling out the appropriate forms, preparing a letter of nomination, organizing letters of support and collecting/submitting support materials.

  • Application information TBA
  • Posthumous nominations will not be accepted
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered

Important Dates

  • Deadline for nominations: TBA
  • Awards Presentation: TBA