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2021 Mayor's Awards for the Arts Nominees

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

The nominations have closed and we are pleased to announce the list of nominees for the 14th annual Mayor's Gala for the Arts, recognizing those people and business who have contributed significantly to the cultural vibrancy of this region.

The four categories are Artist of the Year – Performing Arts, Corporate Champion, Emerging Artist and Innovation in Support of the Art.

Artist of the Year – Performing Arts: Recognizes the work of an experienced Kamloops artist who has made remarkable contributions to the performing arts in Kamloops. The nominees are:

• Martin Kratky

• JP Lancaster

• Daniela O'Fee

• Kirk Smith

• Cindy Wiebe

Corporate Champion: Recognizes outstanding Kamloops business leaders and/or medium to large businesses/corporations that have made a significant contribution supporting local arts and culture through donations (cash or in-kind), sponsorships and/or volunteer services in support of a local arts organization and/or Kamloops artist. The nominees are:


• Fairfield Inn

• Highland Valley Copper Teck

• ideaLEVER

• Daley & Company

Emerging Artist: Recognizes an emerging Kamloops artist/musician/performer (age 18-35) working in the visual and/or performing arts for their current accomplishments and future potential. The recipient of the Emerging Artist award will also receive a $500.00 cash prize sponsored by the Kamloops Arts Council. The nominees are:

• Chirsto Vutev

• Deandra Dey

• Shay Paul

• Lucas Vanderlip

Innovation in the Arts: Recognizes a business that has invested in an arts organization, event, project or individual artist in a creative and original manner. The nominees are:

• Deb Fong

• GK Sound

• Tastefull Excersions

• Total Concept Developments

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