Heritage Toronto Awards

2018 Winners Announced 

(Press Release – PDF)

The winners of the 2018 Heritage Toronto Awards were announced last night during a ceremony hosted by nationally-recognized journalist Michael Serapio. More than 500 guests from Toronto’s city-building community attended this flagship networking event at The Carlu. In its 44th year, the Heritage Toronto Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the conservation and celebration of Toronto’s heritage.

Seven winners were named from 53 nominees in five categories: Community Heritage; Public History; Historical Writing: Short Publication; Historical Writing: Book; and Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship.

Learn more about the winners.

Each category is independently judged by a jury of experts:

The following individuals served on the 2018 Heritage Toronto Awards Jury:

Karen Whaley (Juries Committee Chair, Community Heritage Chair)
Peter Berton (Architecture Chair)
Fallon Butler (Public History Chair)
Dr. Sean Kheraj (Short Publication Chair)
Brent Pearlman (Book Chair)

Tamara Anson-Cartwright
Bruce Beaton
Brad Bass
Ashley Benson
Miriam Borden
Alicia Cherayil
Josiah Cohen
David Eckler
Gilberto Fernandes
Dennis Findlay
Michael Friesen
Donna Gabaccia
Lance Gleich
Trevelee Goodwin
Melissa Gordon
Joan Leishman
Erin Mackie
Sean Mills
Michael Moir
Nathan Ng
Andrea Parnell
Jo Ann  Pynn
Ellen Scheinberg
Sharoni Sibony
Anjuli Solanki
Robin Roger
Cyrel Troster
Richard White

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Congratulations to the 53 nominees for the 2018 Heritage Toronto Awards.

At the ceremony, the Heritage Toronto Board also presents a Special Achievement Award and a Volunteer Service Award.

The Event

The Heritage Toronto Awards is a celebration of Toronto’s heritage fields as well as a key networking and engagement opportunity for Toronto’s city-building community. The event attracts city-building professionals from fields including policymaking, media, real estate development, business, labour, academics, planning, and municipal law. It is Heritage Toronto’s flagship event, raising funds in support of our public programming.

Host for the Awards Ceremony: Michael Serapio 

Michael Serapio is a nationally recognized reporter and currently hosts weekend mornings on the CBC News Network. From the halls of Parliament Hill to the red carpet of the Academy Awards to the streets of Toronto and Vancouver, Michael Serapio has had the opportunity to interview politicians, celebrities, and innovators across Canada.

Serapio began his career as a producer and was twice nominated for a Gemini Award in recognition of his work. In 2001, Serapio embarked on a new career path as the host of Shout!, a current affairs program on PrideVision TV.

Since then, Serapio has worked as a reporter for CTV British Columbia, a political reporter for Toronto 1, and general assignment reporter for CityTV. In 2010, Serapio joined CBC News, first as a Breaking News Host and now as anchor of weekend mornings on the CBC News Network.

Emerging Historians

Calling all Emerging Historians:

Toronto attracts some of the best and brightest young minds from across the world, but sometimes they can use a helping hand.  With this in mind, Heritage Toronto, in partnership with Camrost Felcop and the Canadian National Exhibition is proud to host 20 Emerging Historians at the 44th Heritage Toronto Awards. 



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Special Achievement Award

In 2005, the Heritage Toronto Board realized that there could be opportunities from time to time when Heritage Toronto might want to recognize outstanding achievement that did not fit under the usual award categories or went far beyond their criteria.  The Board voted to establish a Heritage Toronto Special Achievement Award (SAA).  The award can be given to individuals or organizations not only for their achievements, but also for the inspiration they “can give to others; all of which strengthens Toronto’s heritage community or fabric.”

2018 Special Achievement Award goes to Toronto Public Library 

Toronto Public Library’s continuing investment in its landmark architecture and new facilities has transformed Toronto’s built fabric and enriched community life.

The 2018 Award recognizes the variety and history of Toronto’s library branch buildings: from the earliest Beaux Arts-style, Carnegie-funded libraries (including Yorkville, the oldest branch still in operation today); to the red-brick clad Toronto Reference Library and its iconic curving central atrium; to Fairview’s Brutalist building, and Fort York’s elegant glass pavilion.

“The Toronto Public Library is a great steward of its buildings. It is also an innovator who has worked with leading architectural firms to design vital community spaces to serve a growing city and its changing communities. This Award recognizes the Library’s exemplary conservation work and its significant contributions as a city builder.”

Kate Marshall, Chair of the Heritage Toronto Board

“One of the great strengths of the public library is that we are not just one institution. We are 100 institutions in 100 different neighbourhoods, reaching and serving people where they live. Our buildings are part of this local work, designed to preserve and recognize the history of local neighbourhoods. We appreciate this Award and its recognition of our efforts.” 

Vickery Bowles, Toronto Public Library’s City Librarian


Arlene Chan
Advocate, The Chinese Canadian Experience in Toronto
Carolyn King
Advocate, Mississaugas of New Credit & First Nations heritage
John Berman, Jamie Goad, David Jackson, Matthew Rosenblatt
Developers, Distillery Historic District
Rollo Myers
Advocate, Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District
Founding member, West Don Lands cmte. & Friends of Fort York
Paul Oberman
President and CEO of Woodcliffe Landmark Properties
Madeleine McDowell
Artist, Educator and Heritage Activist
Steven Otto
Founding member, Friends of Fort York
William Greer
Chief Architect, Toronto Historical Board
The Zeidler Family
Architects & heritage developers
Tony O’Hagan