David Currie to be honoured with the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Monday, April 11, 2016

Please join us on Tuesday April 26, 2016, as the Ottawa Arts Council honours Music Director David Currie by awarding him the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award in recognition of his contribution to the Ottawa arts community.

Mr Currie has been active in Ottawa’s music community for over 45 years. After many years with the NAC Orchestra, he expanded his career as a conductor in 1990.  Appointed Professor of Music at the University of Ottawa, Mr Currie has been a faculty member and conductor of the University Orchestra since 1982.

In 1992 Mr Currie became Music Director of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra offering audiences a large orchestral repertoire with flare, excitement and great musicianship. He always nurtured local talent and performed music of local composers. Mr Currie also invited local youth ensembles to perform with the Orchestra. He played a pivotal role in creating the OSO’s youth education programs as well as engaging children and families with Symphony for Schools and Inside the Music.
The Ottawa Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, presents the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award on an annual basis. The Award recognizes the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in our city. Mr Currie will be the 27th recipient of this award.

Ottawa Arts Council Awards Presentation
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue

Reception 6:30 p.m.
Presentation 7:15 p.m.
The Arts Awards Presentation Evening will also include recognition of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award and the RBC Emerging Artist Award.

Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award finalists:

  •     Martin Golland – Visual Artist
  •     David O’Meara – Poet
  •     Jean Stéphane Roy – Theatre Artist


RBC Emerging Artist Award finalists:

  •     Jamaal Jackson Rogers – Poet
  •     Meredith Snider – Visual Artist
  •     Caroline Yergeau – Theatre Artist


The Business and the Arts Recognition Award, the Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award, and the inaugural Project X, Photography Fund will also be announced.

The Ottawa Arts Council would like to thank RBC Royal Bank, the RBC Foundation, Mann Lawyers LLP, GGFL Chartered Accountants, and the City of Ottawa for their support of the Ottawa Arts Council Awards Program.

For more information or to RSVP
613-569-1387 or

Or visit our website ottawaartscouncil.ca 


Reception Sponsor

Award Sponsors

City of OttawaGGFL Chartered AccouncantsMann LawyersRBC Emerging Artists Project