The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Applications for 2019 Awards are now Closed.

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 the Ottawa artist Victor Tolgesy who died in 1980. 

This award is presented as a joint venture of the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Arts Council to recognize an individual who has significantly contributed to the Ottawa arts community. The award recipient receives a bronze cast of the late Victor Tolgesy’s 1963 sculpture titled “Seed and Flower” provided by the City of Ottawa as well as a cash prize of $5,000.

Jon Bartlett

Jon Bartlett

2018 Recipient of the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Jon Bartlett is the founder of Kelp Music, champion of local music in the National Capital Region, as well as the founder and director of MEGAPHONO, an organization that seeks to build the National Capital’s music industry. Jon has overseen four editions of the annual MEGAPHONO Music Showcase Festival, which has grown to host over 70 showcasing artists and 50 international music industry delegates for three days of showcases, seminars, and networking events across the region each February.  

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How to Apply

An individual may be nominated by filling out this form and gathering the required supporting documents, including a letter of nomination. The completed package should be submitted to via or email before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this award must:

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

Evaluation Criteria

  • The diversity of the nominee’s accomplishments.
  • The impact of the nominee’s contribution to the arts in Ottawa.
  • The extent of their role in the development of the Ottawa arts community.

Important Dates

  • Nomination deadline: February 24, 2019
  • Awards Presentation: To Be Announced, May 2019

Support Documents

These documents will help the jury better understand the nominee’s role in enriching the cultural life in Ottawa.

The Nomination and Support Documents must be submitted via or email to Incomplete or late packages will not be reviewed by the jury.

Please include the following documents in the application:

  • Short Biography
    A short bio describing the nominee’s impact (100 words or less).
  • Letter of Nomination
    You must provide a letter that explains the nominee’s contributions.
  • Additional Letters of Support
    You may also include up to five pages of additional letters of support to strengthen the nomination.

Download the application form

Please use Adobe Acrobat to complete the PDF form.