Johanna Metcalf
Performing Arts

The Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prizes/Les Prix Johanna-Metcalf des Arts de la scène

Celebrating Ontario artists who have had an impact on the field and the public, and show great promise for the future

Created in 2019, this new performing arts prize is named in honour of Johanna Metcalf, who was at the heart of the Foundation’s work for over 40 years. The prize has been created to carry on Johanna’s legacy as a tireless advocate for the arts, and to celebrate artists in Ontario who have made a recognized impact on the field and the public, and show great promise in the ongoing pursuit of their ambitious and visionary practices.

Fifteen finalists have been selected from across Ontario in the disciplines of dance, theatre, and music/opera, including artists who are working in the spaces between and across these disciplines where many of today’s most innovative creators reside. Artists who have been producing and showing work over a period of at least ten years, are eligible for this meritorious and unrestricted prize.

The five winners will be announced on December 12, 2019 at a ceremony at Artscape Daniels Launchpad in Toronto. Each winner will receive a gift of $25,000 and will name a protégé as a way of celebrating early career artists who are themselves showing formidable promise. Protégés will be awarded $5,000 each. The total value of the prizes is $150,000.

The Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prizes/Les Prix Johanna-Metcalf des Arts de la scène will be delivered on a biennial basis in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). The nominees were selected through several juried OAC competitions in dance, music/opera, and theatre, with additional focus on creators from the Francophone, Indigenous, and Northern communities.

My mother, Johanna, had a deep love of the performing arts. To her, the experience was about beauty, immediacy, connection, intellectual challenge, and pure delight. She was, all her life, a seeker of the truths and transformations to be found in the worlds of theatre, music, and dance.

Kirsten Hanson

Chair, Board of Directors, Metcalf Foundation

Johanna had great faith in the ability of remarkable people to accomplish extraordinary things, and she backed them unreservedly.

Sandy Houston

President and CEO, Metcalf Foundation

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2019 Finalists