About the Book
I wanted to create a book of portrait photography about a group of people who have endeavoured to leave the world a better place than they found it.
It was Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), who suggested a group of people who have spent their entire careers challenging, connecting and enriching the world with their art, yet had never been gathered together in one book.
The Silver Ticket Award was inaugurated in 1980 by TAPA, and is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the stage in Toronto. These are artists who have not only excelled in their own careers, but who have also contributed to the development of Canadian theatre by helping and encouraging others.
And so, we set off on a journey to photograph the Silver Ticket Award winners.
Featured in this book are: Diana Leblanc, Malcolm Black, Christopher House, Michael Hollingsworth, Philip Akin, Marlene Smith, John Van Burek, Layne Coleman, ahdri zhina mandiela, Sky Gilbert, Mallory Gilbert, Winston Morgan, Astrid Janson, David Mirvish, Tomson Highway, Ken Gass, Murray Laufer, Patricia Hamilton, Paul Thompson, Barbara Chilcott, Sandy Webster, Mary Joliffe, Araby Lockhart
I would like to give special thanks to the following organizations and individuals for their generous support and contributions to this project:
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
John D. McKellar and The John McKellar Charitable Foundation
Steam Whistle Brewing
Leslie A. Thope Dermody, Natalie Ackers, Jim Aldridge, Jennifer Bennett,
Brendan Calder, Ghislain Caron, Derrick Chua, Lindy Cowan, Julia Drake,
John Goddard, Mark Hammond, Camilla Holland, Patty Jarvis, Jacoba Knaapen,
Brad & Jana Lepp, Chris Lorway, Allen MacInnis, Bridget MacIntosh, Jane Marsland,
Sara Meurling, Amy Mushinski, Meredith Potter, Roy Reeves, Aislinn Rose,
Michael Rubinoff, Celia Smith, Andrea Vagianos, Liew Wong