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June 1, 2006
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine announce the “face the arts” recipient for June
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine, as part of Toronto’s Live With Culture campaign and Toronto Life’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, are pleased to announce Sandra Laronde as the “face the arts” recipient for June. Ms. Laronde will be featured in the June issue of Toronto Life and on the “face the arts” web site at

About Sandra Laronde

Sandra Laronde is the founder and Artistic Director of Red Sky performance. Established in 2000, Red Sky is a dynamic new company shaping contemporary Aboriginal performance in theatre, dance and music. Created by Ms. Laronde, Red Sky creates, develops and produces original works, connects world indigenous cultures and charts unexplored cultural links with peoples from around the world. Ms. Laronde is also the founder of Native Women in the Arts, Canada’s only organization for First Nations, Inuit and Metis women artists, and has played a significant role in fostering the careers of thousands of Aboriginal women artists.

In 2006, Ms. Laronde was awarded the Ontario Good Citizenship Medal that pays special tribute to those Ontarians whose lives exemplify excellence and achievement in the finest order. She was also nominated for the 2006 K.M. Hunter Artists Award in Theatre. Among other awards, Ms. Laronde was the recipient of the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Award in 2004 for her contribution towards improving the quality of life for the Aboriginal community of Toronto.

Each month, a different photographer is chosen to create the portraits of the recipients. Davida Nemeroff photographed Ms. Laronde for Toronto Life’s June issue. Informed by an appreciation for iconic imagery, Ms. Nemeroff’s work bridges the gap between fine art and popular culture. She uses this connection with a playful sensibility to create portraits that have an enigmatic sense of familiarity. Ms. Nemeroff was recently nominated for a National Magazine Award.

About “face the arts”

The “face the arts” program is designed to acknowledge and provide wider exposure for 10 extraordinary Toronto-based cultural mavericks who, through artistic promise, achievement or vision, have enriched the cultural life of this city now and for future generations. Until December 2006, a different individual from diverse artistic disciplines will be featured within the pages of Toronto Life and on

Funding for “face the arts” has been provided by the City of Toronto, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capital of Canada program. Toronto Life is a presenting sponsor of this program.

Live With Culture is a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities, shining a spotlight on the vibrant and diverse activities happening in the city each and every day. From September 2005 until the end of 2006, Live With Culture showcases the vast scope of the city’s culture of creativity and inspires Torontonians to make culture part of their daily lives. How do you live with culture? Visit, the ultimate guide to Toronto’s culture scene.

Media contact:

Rita Davies
Executive Director
Toronto Culture



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