“If there is any one way to summarize Tony’s spirit when it comes to working in the arts, it is that everything is possible. There are countless examples of Tony’s generosity and leadership in supporting the arts in Toronto…”
– Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, President of Board of Trustees, AGO
Business for the Arts has announced the winners of its 39th annual Business for the Arts Awards, and we’re so happy to share that Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman & CEO of St. Joseph Communications, is the winner of the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Philanthropy in the Arts for his work in co-founding Luminato and championing the new AGO expansion. The Awards are Canada’s top recognition of individuals and businesses who show outstanding support of arts and culture through philanthropy, volunteerism and partnership.
“I am honoured to have been selected for the Edmund C. Bovey Award,” says Tony. “It has always been a dream of mine for Toronto to become the most diverse, most creative city in the world. A city where creativity is celebrated at every corner, where artists from around the world collaborate with our best homegrown talent. A city with such a creative spirit that it draws many of the world’s greatest artists here to make it their home.”
Tony has contributed a lifetime of significant philanthropy and leadership in Canada’s arts and cultural sectors. Spearheading the Galleria Italia campaign at the AGO, he helped raise $500,000 each from 26 prominent families in the Italian-Canadian community to create a massive glass and wood facade that runs along Dundas Street West and has become a defining feature of the AGO.
In 2007, with David Pecaut, he co-founded Luminato as an international multi-arts, multi-paltform festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance and programming that cuts across traditional art form boundaries. In its first decade, Luminato has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America.
In addition to serving as Chair of Luminato, Tony is Chair of the AGO and Salt+Light Media Foundation. Under his direction, St. Joseph Communications has a long-standing commitment to give back to the community, including the Arts Partner of Choice initiative, which to date has made available $15 million dollars in a multi-year commitment to support arts and cultural organizations by providing them with advertising space in St. Joseph magazines including Toronto Life and FASHION Magazine.
“As Co-Founder and Board Chair at Luminato, and as Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications, Tony has leveraged his business expertise for the benefit of the arts more widely,” says Anthony Sargent, CEO of Luminato. “He has demonstrated an incandescent passion for city-building, community engagement, and supporting organizations that have enriched the quality of life of so many Canadians over four decades.”
Tony and the other winners of this year’s awards will be honoured at the Business for the Arts Awards Gala on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.