Eight Canadian companies celebrated with a Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Award, for their partnership with the arts

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Nichole Anderson, President & CEO, Business for
the Arts, is delighted to announce the 2008 winners of The Globe and Mail
Business for the Arts Awards:
    The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards recognize companies that
show outstanding commitment to the arts in Canada. These companies know the
extraordinary impact the arts can make in Canadian communities: sparking
creativity in children, providing jobs, drawing tourists, ensuring the
vitality of urban centre, and providing new ways of seeing ourselves as
Canadians. The purpose of these awards is to honour the contribution these
companies make through their partnerships.

        Scotiabank for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, City of Toronto - Toronto
        Award of Distinction: Molson for Framework Foundation - Calgary/

        Sun Life Financial for the National Arts Centre - Toronto
        Award of Distinction: TD Bank for the Magenta Foundation - Toronto

        L'Oréal for LuminaTO - Toronto
        Award of Distinction: Cineplex for National Ballet of Canada -

        North American Development Group for Talk is Free Theatre - Barrie
        Award of Distinction: Bordeaux Developments for Epcor Centre -

    Scotiabank, nominated by Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has won for Best Arts/
Entrepreneur Partnership. Mayor David Miller remarked that "Scotiabank Nuit
Blanche set a new benchmark in city-building - demonstrating the power that
exists in partnerships between the City and the artistic and corporate
communities for the benefit of our citizens." It is also noted that in the
arts community that "Scotiabank Nuit Blanche galvanizes participants from all
generations, cultures and walks of life into an energetic romp through
neighborhoods, events and cultural organizations that is unprecedented in this
city." - Sara Diamond, President OCAD. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto's
only, 12 hour contemporary art event with a mandate to make contemporary art
accessible to large audiences, while inspiring dialogue and engaging the
public to examine its significance and impact on public space.

    Sun Life Financial, nominated by The National Arts Centre has won for
Most Efective Corporate Program. "Since 2000, the National Arts Centre (NAC)
and Sun Life Financial have nurtured a mutually beneficial partnership...The
NAC's national mandate and position as a leader and innovator in multiple
fields of the performing arts allows Sun Life to provide comprehensive and
wide reaching support; enriching Canada culturally and making a contribution
to the health of our country as well... Sun Life's investment in the arts
through its leadership role in the NAC Gala, National Youth and Education
Trust and Roundtable has given the NAC the means to provide meaningful
outreach with a lasting impact on the lives of children across Canada" 
Darell L. Gregersen, CEO, NAC Foundation.

    L'Oréal, nominated by Luminato has won for Most Innovative Marketing
Sponsorship. "With an international portfolio of creative and innovative
brands, L'Oréal is truly Luminato's ideal partner in creativity," said 
Mr. Tony Gagliano. "Uniquely set in the world's most culturally diverse city,
Luminato aspires to be the definitive arts festival in North America and help
showcase Toronto in a powerful new way. L'Oréal recognized this potential
immediately," said Mr. David Pecault. Javier San Juan, L'Oréal Canada's
President and CEO, explained that "of paramount importance to L'Oréal is the
opportunity to create a daily environment where creativity is celebrated and
trail-blazing ideas nurtured and allowed to flourish."

    North American Development Group, nominated by Talk is Free Theatre has
won The First Dance Award. recognizes a business which has entered into a
partnership with the arts for the first time. "North American, through Park
Place project, not only supported Talk is Free Theatre in every qualifying
aspect of the this award, but did so whole-heartedly... (granting) Talk is
Free Theatre with three full seasons rent and utility free... allowing the
theatre to concentrate on artistic growth... fortifying a bond between a
corporation rich in resources and an organization dedicated to the arts and
community. It is a prime example of how symbiotic sponsorship can become". -
Arkady Spivak, Artistic Producer, Talk is Free Theatre.

    Each of the four winners will receive a Globe and Mail Business for the
Arts Award, created by sculptor Nobuo Kubota, at the Business for the Arts
Awards Gala on October 20th at The Carlu In Toronto. The evening will also
include a celebration of Henry N.R. Jackman as the 2008 Edmund C. Bovey Award
winner and Claudia Moore as the first 2008 Arnold Edinborough Award winner.
    Members of the Jury for the 2008 Globe and Mail Business for the Arts
Awards were: Andrew Gorham (Review Editor, The Globe and Mail), Jim Jennings
(Associate Publisher British Columbia, The Globe and Mail), Nina Kaiden Wright
(Director, Business for the Arts), Peter Kahnert (Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications & Marketing Raymond James), David Moss (Managing
Director, Segal Centre) and Penny Ritco (Executive Director, Citadel Theatre).

    For more information, please visit www.businessforthearts.org.

For further information:

For further information: Kaija Corlazzoli, Membership and Communications
Manager, Business for the Arts, (416) 869-3016 x223,

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