Excellence in Culture Award

Nominate someone for an award

The intake period for 2021 nominations has closed (December 10, 2020) and nominations are currently being reviewed. 

Do you know of an individual, group or corporation known for their dedication to and support of the development of Nanaimo's cultural fabric?

Nominate them for an Honour in Heritage Award or check out the other award categories.  This is your opportunity to recognize people and groups you believe have made a significant contribution to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city.

Devon Joiner (2020)

culture, award, honourDevon Joiner is named as the 2020 Excellence in Culture Award recipient for his international award-winning career as a concert pianist. Devon has made numerous guest appearances with the Nanaimo Youth Choir, the Camerata Singers, the Island Bel Canto Singers and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

He has performed across Canada and the US, as well as in Asia, Europe and Africa, making his orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (2007), and Carnegie Hall (2011). In addition to his performing career, he has been the collaborative pianist for the Children’s’ Highbridge Voices choirs in the Bronx. Devon has taught many students, including five weeks of arts empowerment workshops in Tanzania with the Arusha Arts Initiative.

Video by Kelly Adams Videography

Celebrating the 2020 Culture & Heritage award recipients

Each year, the City of Nanaimo recognizes outstanding contributions to the culture and vibrancy of our community with the Culture & Heritage Awards. In 2020, Council announced the following honorees:

Traditionally, recipients are honored as part of a lively, public celebration at the Port Theatre. This year, because of measures to protect our community from COVID-19, the gathering will not take place as planned. In place of the event, on behalf of Council, Mayor Leonard Krog personally delivered greetings and a special gift to the homes of local award recipients, while practicing physical distancing. As well, we’ve released specially commissioned photographs and video profiles that celebrate the achievements of each honoree.

Past Recipients


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