The City of Oshawa is pleased to announce three winners for the Oshawa Culture Counts Awards, which recognize a local professional artist, an emerging artist, and an innovation and creation champion. Launched in November 2017, the Oshawa Culture Counts Awards celebrate and honour the creative and cultural achievements of our community.

The Oshawa Culture Counts Professional Artist Award has been awarded to Oshawa-based artist and branding design specialist Grant Cole. This award recognizes an established artist of any arts who has demonstrated creativity, originality, professional maturity and artistic leadership in the community.

Joaquin Manay has been awarded the Oshawa Culture Counts Emerging Artist Award, which recognizes emerging artists between the ages of 12 to 30 or those who are in the early stages of their career. This award encompasses all arts disciplines and recognizes those that are skilled and determined to advance their artistic capabilities and leverage their skills to inspire and enrich the lives of fellow residents.

The Innovation and Creation Champion Award, which recognizes individuals, collectives and/or organizations in the creative and cultural industries who have created or enhanced an event, product, program or partnership in the past year, has been awarded to Laura Suchan, Executive Director of the Oshawa Museum.

“Knowing all three of these amazing artists and community builders as I do, it is a pleasure to see them recognized in this manner for their contributions to the quality of life in our city,” said Councillor Rick Kerr, Chair of the Community Services Committee.

Oshawa City Council will formally present the awards to the winners at the March 18, 2019 council meeting. In addition, winners will receive a $200 honorarium and will be featured in a special program at The RMG’s Friday event on March 1, 2019.

To learn more about the Oshawa Culture Counts Awards, visit



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