2016 Heritage Toronto Awards

Congratulations 2016 Heritage Toronto Award winners!

Community Heritage 

Toronto and East York Area


City-wide Organization


Etobicoke-York Area & Member’s Choice

The Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery Projectcemetery



Award of Excellence

Finn with an Oyster: The Story behind Toronto’s New City Hall

Author/Producer: Michael Kainer, in collaboration with Karen Teeple
Media: Film


Award of Merit


Author/Producer: Edward Conroy
Media: Website


Short Publication


Award of Excellence

“Historicist: Sticky Business”

Author: David Wencer
Publisher: Torontoist


Award of Merit

“Why I Love Ghost Signs: The fading history of Toronto’s industrial and retail past”

Author: Stephan Petar
Publisher: Why I Love Toronto



Award of Excellence

The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood

Editors: John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg & Tatum Taylor
Publisher: Coach House Books


Award of Merit

Civic Symbol: Creating Toronto’s New City Hall

Author: Christopher Armstrong
Publisher: University of Toronto Press


William Greer Architectural Conservation & Craftsmanship 

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Award of Excellence

Standard Bank of Canada (324 Broadview)
Owner & Architect: Building Arts Architecture Inc.

Don Jail (14 St. Matthew’s Road)
Owner: Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Architects: Stantec Architecture/KPMB Architects, ERA Architects, HDR Architecture/Diamond Schmitt Architects, +VG Architects


Award of Merit

The Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor Street West)
Owners: The Church of the Redeemer
Heritage Architect: ERA Architects
Heritage Craftsperson: Clifford Restoration Ltd.

Imperial Plaza (111 St. Clair Avenue West)
Owners: Camrost-Felcorp
Heritage Architect: ERA Architects Inc.
Heritage Consultants & Craftspersons: Toddglenn, Restorat, Terazzo Mosaic and Tile Company Ltd., Marel Contractors, Mapleview Electric Company Ltd., JRM Aluminum & Glass Inc, Allan Windows Technologies, Perfect Image Painting and Contracting Inc., FM Railings & Welding Inc., Scotiabell Inc., and UCC Group Inc.



The Heritage Toronto Awards and the Kilbourn Lecture evening is an important event on Toronto’s cultural calendar.  It’s our chance Captureto celebrate outstanding city builders – individuals, corporations, and community groups – who have woven our shared heritage into the fabric of their work with exceptional results.

Awards categories recognize the best in new books, short publications, architecture and craftsmanship, media, and community heritage volunteer efforts.

Kilbourn Lecture
The Kilbourn Lecture is named for William Kilbourn, an academic, writer, politician, mentor and champion of the arts and humanities who personified the richness of life in Toronto. In his memory, a speaker is chosen each year who will reflect his passion and dedication to our city.  Previous speakers have included: David Crombie, Adrienne Clarkson, David Mirvish, John Fulford, Ursula Franklin, Peter Oundjian, Cameron Bailey, Chief Bryan Laforme and Gail Dexter Lord.







 Special Achievement Award Recipient

The award, presented by the Heritage Toronto Board of Directors, provides special recognition to those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the preservation and education of Toronto’s heritage.

Heritage Toronto is honoured to name Carolyn King as the recipient of the 2016 Special Achievement Award, in recognition of her decades-long efforts to preserve the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations’ community and to celebrate and share First Nation heritage in the greater Toronto area.

Carolyn King

Carolyn King (Image courtesy of Carolyn King)

The first woman elected as chief of the Mississaugas in 1997, Carolyn King is a voice of the Mississauga people and their land claim over territory that is now part of the City of Toronto. In 1998, she wrote to the Indians Claims Commission requesting an inquiry into the rejection of the Toronto Purchase claim, which had been previously brought forward and rejected in 1993. Her individual inquiry led to a 1998 conference, where the First Nations community asserted that the crown had failed to disclose the full extent of the surrendered land in the 1805 treaty and that the Mississaugas had no knowledge that the Toronto Islands were part of the purchase. Canada agreed to review the claim and over 10 years later in 2010 provided a settlement to the Mississauga people, to compensate for the unreasonably low price paid as part of the original Purchase treaty, and officially recognized the Mississaugas’ claim to the territory.

Carolyn has continued to emphasize that the land surrounding Toronto is sacred and traditional space of the Mississauga people. In her own words, the Mississauga region “is where our people travelled and settled…we’re still here, we’re still alive and we’re just 70 miles away.” From delivering a lecture entitled “Indians 101: who are the Aboriginal people in Canada today?” to leading a walking tour that discusses the Toronto Islands as a healing retreat of the Anishinabek people, Carolyn has worked closely with numerous organizations to preserve the Mississaugas’ heritage and communicate the history and culture of First Nations in Canada. Her latest project has been to improve the Mississaugas’ mapping of sacred sites or areas of historical importance, an online learning tool for the public. She has been a facilitator and catalyst for heritage preservation, acting as Vice President of the Toronto Historical Association and a member of the Heritage Advisory Committee for Toronto’s Official Plan Review.

She continues to advocate that First Nation peoples should be consulted during new development projects and has assumed this role in a number of projects. Since 2011, she has worked with the Planning With Indigenous Peoples research group at Queen’s University to ensure that the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) recognized First Nations peoples in 2014. She has been involved in the review of the Greenbelt Plan, a provincial action plan for land that is traditional Mississaugas territory, and she has been a consultant for the Credit Valley Lakeview Waterfront Environmental Assessment Project.

Her efforts within her community and with multiple other organizations has allowed for the planning of a better future of the Mississaugas. In general, Carolyn has been a key figure in creating cross-cultural conversation and helping to develop a better understanding of First Nations in the Greater Toronto Area.



Dr. Steven High, Professor of History at Concordia University and founding member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, is an interdisciplinary oral and public historian who has worked closely with source communities in the production of online digital stories, audio walks, live theatre, and multimedia platforms such as  Post/Industrial Montreal (www.postindustrialmontreal.ca ) and Going Public (http.goingpublicproject.org ). For the past ten years, he has engaged deeply with the rapidly changing Southwest borough of Montreal, ground-zero in Canadian debates over urban poverty, deindustrialization, and now gentrification.  The author of seven books, Dr. High has won numerous awards, including the Porter Prize for best book in Canadian Sociology, the Albert B. Corey Prize from the Canadian and American Historical Associations, and the Klibansky Prize for best book published in the Humanities in Canada.


Dr. Steven High presented the 20th Kilbourn Lecture, The Deindustrialization of our Senses: A Multi-Sensory Approach to Intangible Heritage.

Heritage cannot just be seen. It can be heard, smelled, tasted, and touched. Heritage can be beautiful, but it also can be ugly or even toxic.  Every place is an archive. So is every person. This year’s Kilbourn Lecture invites us to consider industrial heritage from the vantage point of those who worked in mines, mills and factories or lived nearby. Oral history offers a multi-sensory way into this rich intangible history, now being lost with deindustrialization and gentrification. This year’s lecture also considers the ways that new forms of media are changing the way we think and do oral and public history. Digital media and the arts have made the intangible much more tangible in recent years. The result is that people are increasingly seeking a heritage that is interactive, participatory and living. As Laurier Turgeon has suggested, we are now living in a “new era of heritage.”

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