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April 12, 2006
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine announce the “face the arts” recipient for April: Peter J. Smith
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 architect Peter J. Smith as the “face the arts” recipient for May. Mr. Smith will be featured on the “face the arts” website at as well as in the May issue of Toronto Life magazine, on newsstands April 17.

About Peter J. Smith

Peter J. Smith has designed numerous theatrical and visual art spaces in Toronto and around the world. In 1993, Mr. Smith was the recipient of the prestigious Drama Bench Award presented by Canadian Theatre Critics for ‘Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre.’ He is the first architect ever to receive this award. Among other awards, he received the Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design in 1995.

Mr. Smith has been involved in costume and set design on a regional professional theatre level and currently serves on the Ryerson University Theatre School Advisory Committee and the University of Toronto Design Review Committee. Mr. Smith is the Canadian representative on the OISTAT Architecture Commission (International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technician).

Each month, a different photographer is chosen to create the portraits of the recipients for the pages of Toronto Life. Toni Hafkenscheid photographed Peter J. Smith for Toronto Life’s May issue. Toni Hafkenscheid is a Toronto based photographer who has received several Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards. He has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe. He is currently teaching at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

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. From March 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
Toronto Culture



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