As title partner, Scotiabank is proud to support Canada’s talented fiction writers through the Scotiabank Giller Prize, making space for Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. In 2005, the Prize teamed up with Scotiabank who increased the winnings four-fold. The Scotiabank Giller Prize now awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists.

The Giller Prize, along with many other awards that came before and after, is in part responsible for the continued growth of Canadian literary talent. The prize has so far endowed more than three-quarters of a million dollars to Canadian writers from coast to coast.

2022 Key Dates:

  • Longlist announcement: September 6th
  • Shortlist announcement: September 27th
  • Winner announcement: November 7th
 

As Presenting Platinum Partner, Scotia Wealth Management is proud to help support the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, an event that enables stories to be shared which expand our view of the world.

Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management as well as the Docs for Schools program gives audiences the opportunity to view diverse perspectives on social issues but also provides a platform to encourage a dialogue about these issues.

The 2022 Festival took place from April 28 – May 8. 2023 Festival dates TBA.

 

Learn more about the Hot Docs Film Festival.

At Scotiabank, we are proud to play a role in celebrating the creative vision and accomplishments of our country’s most gifted photographers. The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award that acknowledges the outstanding contribution that our winners have made to contemporary art and photography. These are artists who strive to invent, influence and redefine the reception of art in ways that will endure. The Scotiabank Photography Award winner exhibition is a featured primary exhibition curated by Gaëlle Morel at the Ryerson Image Centre during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The winner also receives a $50,000 cash prize and a book of their work published and distributed worldwide by Steidl of Germany.

 

Learn more about the Scotiabank Photography Award.

In 2015, Scotiabank pledged $10 million as the Founding Donor and the exclusive financial services partner to the Canadian Photography Institute and in support of programs and research. The gift is the largest donation in Scotiabank’s 183-year history and celebrates its ongoing commitment to photography in Canada. Housed within the National Gallery of Canada, the Institute expands upon its renowned collection of photographs, to establish one of the world’s most important and comprehensive collections covering the entire history of the photographic medium.

 

Learn more about the National Gallery of Canada

The New Generation Photography Award, established in 2017, celebrates three young Canadians working in lens-based art. The Award aims to elevate the careers of young artists and is unique in that it is the only dedicated prize offered to artists 35 and under, specific to lens-based art. The Award is founded on the creative partnership between Scotiabank and the National Gallery of Canada.

The 2022 winners are Séamus Gallagher of Halifax, NS, Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes of Vancouver, BC, and Clara Lacasse of Montreal, QC.

The three winners will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each and will be featured in two group exhibitions: an outdoor exhibition at Ryerson University in Toronto during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival  and at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in Fall 2022. Award recipients will be mentored by the curatorial team at the National Gallery of Canada and they will participate in artist talks and their work will be included in exhibition tours and educational programming.

 

Learn more about the New Generation Photography Award.

As a presenting partner of VIFF Ignite and the Catalyst Mentorship Program Scotiabank will develop grassroots programming alongside VIFF to nurture young audiences and filmmakers.

The VIFF Ignite program engages secondary students with cinema that builds critical thinking and media literacy while addressing contemporary issues with a focus on international, Canadian, and Indigenous storytellers with filmmakers or subject matters in attendance to discuss the work with the young audience while the Catalyst Mentorship Program will provide tailored creative development sessions, space, mentorship, and resources to local emerging, underrepresented filmmakers.

 

Learn more about VIFF.


Image: Tyler Mitchell, Cultural Turns, 2022

2022 will mark the 26th edition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, a city-wide event spanning the month of May in addition to year-round programming in the CONTACT gallery. CONTACT presents lens-based works by acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists from Canada and around the world. The curated program of primary exhibitions by works by local and international artists including collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centers, and site-specific public art projects are the core of the festival.

Each year, the Festival expands to reach many different communities and reflect the work of not only local artists, but also artists who bring an international perspective to the city. Themes addressed in 2022 reflect many of the ongoing conflicts and global unrest of the present day.

The Festival runs annually from May 1 – 31 throughout Toronto.

 

Learn more about the Scotiabank Photography Festival.

The Toronto Biennial of Art’s mission is to make contemporary art accessible to everyone. For 10 weeks every two years, local, national, and international Biennial artists transform Toronto and its partner regions with free exhibitions, performances, and learning opportunities. Grounded in diverse local contexts, the Biennial’s city-wide programming inspires individuals, engages communities, and contributes to global conversations.

As a leading innovator partner, Scotia Wealth Management is able to collaborate with the Biennial artists to create 30-second spotlight videos that highlight Biennial artists and their practice.

Through our involvement with the Toronto Biennial, Scotiabank is able to highlight our commitment to ensuring the art is accessible to everyone across our city while also supporting the work of artists speaking to the most pressing issues we face today.

The 2022 Biennial took place from March 26 – June 5 throughout the city.

 

Learn more about the Toronto Biennial.

As a title sponsor of the Canadian Opera Company, Scotiabank is committed to supporting Children’s Education and Outreach programming, specifically the Opera Makers program that aims to make arts education accessible to underserved communities.

Rooted in the spirit of co-creation, classroom teachers and students are given the autonomy to create performances that authentically tell stories of their community, while providing artistic alternatives to addressing the world around them. A roster of talented COC Teaching Artists collaborate within multidisciplinary teams to provide interactive, engaging programming and artistic support; through integrated musical, visual and sensory components that are tailored to the needs, goals and expectations from each partnership.

 

Learn more about Opera Makers.

As Major Sponsor and Community Access Partner, Scotiabank is proud to support Soulpepper and their commitment to community access programs.

Located in its multi-venue home, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, Soulpepper is Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company. Founded and guided by artists, Soulpepper has an integrated mission which includes: industry-leading youth and community outreach initiatives; artist training and mentorship programs; and a yearround diverse repertory season which is grounded in the classics and committed to the creation of new works, new forms, and innovative practices.

 

Learn more about Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Generations is timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Sobey Art Award, which has had a groundbreaking impact on the visibility and vitality of contemporary artmaking across Canada.  The exhibit features more than 170 works by early European newcomers, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, Quebec Impressionists and the Automastiste painters along with Indigenous artists of today. 

This nationally touring exhibition will be presented by Scotia Wealth Management and will celebrate that milestone, demonstrating the range and depth of the Sobey family’s engagement with Canadian art.

Exhibition dates:

  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Toronto ON – Spring 2022
  • The Rooms, St Johns NL – Summer 2022
  •  Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB – Fall 2022
  • Confederation Centre Art Gallery – Charlottetown PEI, Summer 2023

 

Learn more about the Generations exhibition.

Scotiabank and Jarislowsky Fraser are proud partners of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and their Foundation. Our commitment from of $1 million over three years supports a three-part agreement that enables the Museum to establish its first Curator of Indigenous Art and create an internship program for Indigenous students in all arts-related fields of study. Jarislowsky Fraser is also the first Presenting Sponsor of the MMFA's Members program.

 

Learn more about the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria presented by Scotiabank is produced by Ryders Cycling Society of Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting cycling across the country. The Tour de Victoria caters to cyclists of all ages and abilities with eight different distances: 160km, 140km, 100km, 60km, 45km, 30km, 15km and Ryder’s Kids Ride.

Since its inception in 2011, the event has continued to garner interest, with a large surge over the last two years, growing from just over 1,000 riders in 2017 to 2,350 riders this past summer.

The 2022 Tour de Victoria will be on August 20th.

 

Learn more about Tour de Victoria.

As a major sponsor of the Carnaval de Quebec, Scotiabank is also the title sponsor of the Ice and Snow Route that features over 100 ice and snow sculptures by professional artists that are accessible to the public. Scotiabank is proud be a part of this iconic festival in Quebec City to continue to engage the community in Quebec.

The 2023 festival will be from February 3 – 12.

 

Learn more about the Carnaval de Quebec.

As the largest event in BC, dozens of countries participate in this annual fireworks festival, and over 1.3M regional and international visitors attend every summer to sample local food, experience live music, and soak in the magic of the fireworks. As presenting partner of the festival, Scotiabank is able to bring the community together for a free family fun event and to ensure the long-lasting sustainability of the event in Vancouver.

 

Learn more about the Celebratin of Light.

Every winter Montreal en Lumiere offers Montrealers and visitors hundreds of delicious activities to enjoy. Over 600 special guests from the culinary world, from over 20 countries, have come to celebrate the best of what Quebec gastronomy has to offer: its chefs, producers, artisans, and culinary culture.

As title partner of the festival, Scotiabank is proud to activate on site to engage the community and celebrate Montreal. Additionally, Scotia Wealth Management is title partner of the gastronomy programming that brings togogether world-renowned chefs to provide exceptional culinary events throughout the festival.

The 2023 Festival will take place from February 16 – 26.

 

Learn more about Montreal en Lumiere.

The Canada’s Walk of Fame Community Hero Program, presented by MLSE and Scotiabank, is an annual program that honours an extraordinary young Canadian (under 30) who is making a difference within their community, and whose work, project or volunteer efforts serve as a model for others to follow. Canada’s Walk of Fame will select and support one winner from across the country by providing them with the tools to spread their message and elevate their mission and career in a meaningful way.

The Community Hero winner will receive a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice and two tickets to the 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards and Gala, including the Red Carpet.

The 2022 Inductees will be announced in Fall 2022.

 

Learn more about the Community Hero Award.

The Art of Storytelling

We believe in supporting the arts because artists have a unique lens on life. When storytellers shed light on new perspectives, they inspire us all to think bigger together. That’s Enriched Thinking. 

Partnerships

Scotiabank is a proud supporter of the arts community and the stories they tell across the country.

Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. 

Hot Docs Film Festival

Each year, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival presents over 200 cutting edge films from around the world.

Scotiabank Photography Award

The Scotiabank Photography Award recognizes the achievements of established mid-to-late career artists, by engaging Canadians and raising awareness through photographic art of the issues and forces of our time.

National Gallery of Canada


The National Gallery of Canada, located in the capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, is Canada's national art museum.

New Generation Photography Award

The New Generation Photography Award is the only one of its kind, dedicated to Canadian artists 35 years of age and under, and specific to lens-based art.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival marks its 26th anniversary in 2022 and is proud to be one of the largest photography festivals in the world with over 750 artists in 140 exhibitions

Vancouver International Film Festival

Over its 40-year history, VIFF has become a pillar institution in the provincial film community. Through community marketing and novel initiatives, VIFF worked with cultural groups and other charities to bring value to the city as a whole.

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Soulpepper is Canada’s leading artist-driven theatre company, believing that stories have the power to connect and are vital to understanding, compassion and knowledge. 

Toronto Biennial

The Toronto Biennial of Art is an international contemporary visual arts event that is as culturally connected and diverse as Toronto itself.

Canadian Opera Company

 
The Canadian Opera Company is the largest opera company in Canada and one of the largest producers of opera in North America.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

As an internationally-renowned fine art museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is a pillar in the Montreal arts community for Scotiabank to support.

Generations: The Sobey Family & Canadian Art


Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the collection. 

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