John Hobday Award winner Chris Lorway to be mentored by NAC CEO Peter Herrndorf

Chris Lorway_Photo by Trevor Haldenby

Ottawa, April 10, 2014 – The 2014 winner of the Canada Council John Hobday Award in Arts Management is Chris Lorway, Executive Director of Soundstreams in Toronto. The $10,000 prize, made possible through a generous endowment from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, is awarded annually to established and mid-career arts managers for professional development or mentorship.

The award will give Lorway the opportunity to work with National Arts Centre CEO Peter Herrndorf over a four-month period. Lorway will focus on learning management and operating skills required for a senior leadership position in an arts organization such as long-term planning, financial management and fundraising, among others.

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“Arts managers rarely take centre stage, but they are at the heart of a healthy arts sector,” said Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council. “The John Hobday Award will give Chris Lorway an opportunity to enhance his professional skillset and ability to lead by being mentored by one of the best — a brilliant choice by Chris and another great legacy by Peter Herrndorf.”

“The Foundation is proud to work with the Canada Council to invest in cultural leaders like Chris Lorway. We look forward to seeing how these two talented arts managers, and the broader arts sector, will benefit from this exciting mentorship,” noted Stephen Bronfman, president of The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation.


Chris Lorway is the Executive Director of Soundstreams in Toronto, a Canadian music presenter that commissions and showcases the work of contemporary composers. He is also a management consultant whose clients include the City of Toronto, the City of Chicago and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Lorway spent five seasons as the founding Artistic Director of the Luminato Festival, Canada’s largest international multidisciplinary arts celebration, where he shaped and implemented the festival’s artistic vision and program.

Prior to Luminato, Lorway was a senior consultant at AEA Consulting, one of the world’s leading strategic consulting firms for the cultural sector where his projects included a study for the Edinburgh Festivals on how to remain competitive in a global festival marketplace. He also worked on a number of festivals including the Lincoln Center Festival, the New Yorker Festival and the Celtic Colours International Festival.

Lorway holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Columbia University, and a bachelor of music education degree from Western University. He lectures regularly on cultural leadership for the Core Duffield Cultural Leadership Programme in the UK and the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme in Hong Kong.

About the award

The Canada Council John Hobday Award in Arts Management, valued at $10,000, is available to arts managers in all disciplines. It allows recipients to enhance their own professional development by taking part in a recognized program, seminar, workshop or mentorship with another experienced arts manager. Introduced in 2006, the award was made possible by a $1 million endowment from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. John Hobday was executive director of the Foundation between 1983 and 2002 before becoming director of the Canada Council for the Arts from 2003 to 2006.

Chris Lorway was chosen by a peer assessment committee of arts administrators consisting of Francine d’Entremont (Montreal), Russell Kelley (Ottawa) and Karen Ball (Calgary).

A prize presentation will take place on Thursday, April 15 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto prior to a jazz concert presented by Soundstreams entitled Passion after St. Matthew featuring members of the Australian Art Orchestra as well as a world premiere by Nicole Lizée.

General information

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants to artists and arts organizations contribute to a vibrant arts scene in Canada. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canada Council Art Bank is a national collection of over 17,000 Canadian contemporary artworks – all accessible to the public through rental, loan and outreach programs. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates under the general authority of the Canada Council.


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