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On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at The Carlu, Toronto, DAREarts hosted our annual DAREarts Leadership Awards gala, celebrating the power of the arts to ignite change in the lives of at-risk children across Canada.

Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival received the 2017 DAREarts Cultural Award, and a DAREartsLifetime Achievement Award was presented to Gord Downie (accepted by Mike Downie). Both corporate and community leaders attended this celebration to invest in DAREarts’ highly effective programs that empower at-risk youth.

Presented by DAREarts’ Presenting Supporter, Northbridge Insurance, and our five Lead Sponsors, six teens received a scholarship and shared their remarkable stories. Read more: DAREarts Announces Six Youths to Receive Awards at the 2017 DAREarts Leadership Awards Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Listen: Leadership Award recipient Kiranpreet Bhangu's interview with Classical 96.3 FM.

2017 LIVE AUCTION (click for details):


Last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated DAREarts on our 20th Anniversary, and offered words of encouragement to the six youth Leadership Award Recipients, viewable here.

Senator Murray Sinclair was also honoured for leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He told the youth: stay focused while using your skills; the only person who can determine your destiny is you. He then reminded us all that our young people need to know they have options, because options - when life is hard - provide hope.

DAREarts graduate Shamin was interviewed on Classical 96.3 FM, plus DAREarts Founder & President Marilyn Field and Patina Prize recipient Dante Scholar were interviewed on CBC Fresh Air. Hear Shamin's interview here.


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Presenting Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors


2017 Evening Programme

Past Cultural Awardees


Jeanne Beker's Interviews:
Classical 96.3
AM740's Happy Gang

Marilyn Field's Interview on
Classical 96.3


Taste of Life Magazine

Teen Akaiya Melting Tallow’s acceptance speech

Teen Trenton Wabasse’s
acceptance speech

Teen Molly Sarker’s
acceptance speech