TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - ArtReach Toronto, in partnership with City of
Toronto Culture, is pleased to announce the winners of its pitch contest.
Facing a panel of celebrity judges, including Canadian Idol's Farley Flex, a
series of young artists made high-energy pitches for a chance at cash prizes
to bring their artistic visions to life. The ArtReach Toronto Pitch Contest
was organized as part of the Ignite: Youth Arts Forum.
The winners of the pitch contest were recognized for their creative and
inspiring proposals to develop community arts projects in their
neighbourhoods. And the winners are: Phase1 Step Team, Travis A. Blackman, and
The four volunteer judges on the pitch contest panel included Canadian
Idol judge and music industry icon, Farley Flex. The panel selected the three
winners from a short-list of eight, all of whom had five minutes on stage to
make a creative and dynamic arts performance for the judges. The winners each
received $3,000 to develop their ideas into arts programs in their
neighbourhoods that will also engage community members in the process and the
"The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in
their communities," says Farley Flex, one of the judges on the pitch contest
panel. "Whether it's in someone's basement, or through a community program,
young people are creating art all over this city. We want to discover and
support some of Toronto's finest artistic talent and encourage community
participation through the arts."
The other finalists were: Jeramy Henry (KB), Josue Maya, Children's Peace
Theatre, Freedom Clothing, rad.
The pitch contest is part of ArtReach Toronto's and the City of Toronto
Culture's commitment to support the meaningful engagement of Toronto youth,
who have experienced exclusion, through active participation in quality arts
For further information:
For further information: Media contact: Shahina Sayani, Program Manager,
ArtReach Toronto, (Wk) (416) 964-3614 ext. 314, (Cell) (416) 887-6103,