Celebrating Legendary City Builders with Gala & Exhibition

The Artscape Foundation hosted nearly 400 friends of Artscape at CreativeTO on November 30, a gala evening celebrating the legendary city building contributions of Mitchell Cohen, President of The Daniels Corporation, and Judy & Wilmot Matthews. These philanthropists have volunteered countless hours of their time and talents and donated millions to projects that put people and community first, and ensure that arts and culture are woven into the fabric of urban development across Toronto.

To learn more about how their vision, creativity and generosity has helped shape our city into one of the most culturally rich and liveable in the world, visit the exhibition showcasing their work spanning 30+ years, on now until January 5, 2018 at Artscape Youngplace, second floor. While you're there, don't miss six mind-bending installations by seven local artists also on display.

“Both Mitchell Cohen and the Matthews have benefitted Toronto immeasurably, through their vision, leadership and generosity,” said Toronto Artscape Foundation Chair, Susan Pigott. “These city building champions have worked tirelessly to shape and develop innovative cultural places and landmark public spaces for all Torontonians to enjoy.”

Mitchell Cohen, President of The Daniels Corporation, believes that business can be a platform for progressive social change, and is widely recognized for his projects enabling arts, culture and communities to flourish in underserved areas of the city, notably the ongoing revitalization of Regent Park, and the Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts community currently under construction in Toronto’s East Bayfront.

“Every one of us has the power to build health, vitality and social justice into the fabric of our communities,” said Mitchell Cohen, President of The Daniels Corporation. “I believe we all have a role to play in building a great city, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues and partners in realizing our vision for a vibrant, connected Toronto.”

Judy and Wilmot Matthews, through their targeted philanthropy, have made possible transformative public spaces such as the new St. George Street (on the University of Toronto campus), the Evergreen Brick Works, the Toronto Music Garden and now, The Bentway.

“Both Wil and I are thrilled by this honour,” said Judy Matthews. “Our goal, through the projects we support, is to humanize public spaces for the enjoyment of everyone, and to enable innovative, transformative projects that ensure Toronto continues to be recognized as a welcoming, liveable, green and cultural city.”

For more photos and information about this gala evening, visit CreativeTO.ca.


The Toronto Artscape Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors of Creative TO: Major Sponsors: Hullmark, TD; Supporting Sponsors: Burgundy Asset Management Limited, Castlepoint Numa, CIBC, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Hines/Tridel, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Quadrangle Architects, Robert & Julia Foster, Sonja Smits & Seaton McLean, Erica Segal, Robin & David Young; Package Sponsors: Cityzen, Dream, DrugIntelligence, Entro, Fernbrook Homes, Iler Campbell LLP, Kilmer Group, Lewis Properties Ltd., Masters Insurance, Minto Properties, Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, Miller Thomson Lawyers, MOD Developments, PwC, RAW Architects, Rockport, TAS, Tricon, Universal Music Canada, University of Toronto, Westmount, Kevin & Roger Garland, Judy & Wilmot Matthews, Frances & Tim Price, Tim Jones & Taylor Raths; Event Sponsors: Abacus, Ace Hill Winery, Closson Chase Winery, Flow Water, Food Dudes, Iceman, Lucky Penny, Saman Design, Spirit of York, Squish; Media Sponsors: BlogTO, Urban Land Institute Toronto.