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TORONTO – Updated – It is official Definitely Superior is a winner. People in Thunder Bay’s growing arts community knew it. Now all of Ontario knows.

Premier's Award
The Happy Crew accepting the Premier’s Award in Toronto Tonight

Thunder Bay’s Definitely Superior Art Gallery has won the prestigious Premier’s Award. 

Along with the award comes a cheque for $50,000 which will help grow the local gallery.

Thunder Bay’s Definitely Superior Art Gallery isn’t open. The crew is down in Toronto as a finalist for the prestigious Ontario Premier’s Awards For Excellence In The Arts 2013, which recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to arts and culture in Ontario over a significant period of time. The local art gallery offers some pretty amazing talent, and incredible community engagement.

Tonight the team from Def Superior will be sharing a taste of the evening with NNL readers.

Award recipients recognized at this year’s ceremony included Lydia Adams of Caledon, who received the Artist Award. Ms. Adams is the conductor and artistic director of the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto and the Elmer Iseler Singers.  


The Arts Organization Award went to Thunder Bay’s Definitely Superior Art Gallery. The gallery has presented more than 800 exhibitions and events, supported almost 12,000 multi-disciplinary artists and is home to one of the largest new generation youth art collectives.

The Emerging Artist Award went to chorus master Joel Tranquilla of Windsor, as selected by this year’s Artist Award laureate, Lydia Adams.

Celebrating the province’s artists and investing in talent supports the Ontario government’s efforts to create a fair and prosperous society and help people in their everyday lives.



  • Ontario is home to almost 57,000 professional artists.
  • The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are administered by the Ontario Arts Council.
  • The arts and culture sector is one of Ontario’s fastest growing. It generates almost $20 billion annually for Ontario’s economy and creative industries account for nearly 206,000 jobs in the province.
  • This year’s awards program also recognised the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Arts Council.

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inalists in the arts organization category are: Authors At Harbourfront Centre – Literature (Toronto) Blyth Festival – Theatre (Blyth) Definitely Superior Art Gallery – Visual Arts (Thunder Bay) Prise de Parole – Book Publishing (Sudbury) Sketch Working Arts – Arts Education (Toronto) The Toronto Fringe – Theatre (Toronto) 

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