Excellence in Culture Award

Nominate a leader!


Do you know of an individual, group or corporation known for their dedication to and support of the development of Nanaimo's cultural fabric? This award recognizes an organization or individual that has achieved regional and/or national recognition in the field of arts, is recognized as a “Nanaimo Artist,” has demonstrated excellence in their field, and is a significant inspiration to others.

Nominate them for an Excellence in Culture 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.

Traditionally, recipients are honored as part of a lively, public celebration at the Port Theatre in April.

Past Recipients

  • Bryan Stovell, Nanaimo Concert Band (1998)
  • Diana Krall (1999)
  • Lynne Bowen (2000)
  • Ingrid Jensen (2001)
  • Marlin Wolfe (2002)
  • Sandra Good (2003)
  • Carole Martyn, Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts (2004)
  • Joelle Rabu (2005)
  • Francine Peters (2007)
  • VI International Children's Festival (2008)
  • Carmella Luvisotto (2009)
  • David Gogo (2010)
  • Steve Jones (2011)
  • Jillian Vanstone (2012)
  • Vancouver Island Symphony (2013)
  • Pat Coleman (2014)
  • Grant Leier & Nixie Barton (2015)
  • Susan Juby (2016)
  • Jacqui Kaese (2017)
  • Rick Scott (2018)
  • Devon Joiner (2020)
  • Ay Lelum (2021)
  • Brendan Tang (2022)



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