Past Winners 

Arts Person of the Year

Kate Imrie - 2014

Colleen Morrison - 2013

Kate Imrie - 2012

Alison Ayres - 2009

Jeff Broad - 2008

Marion Puffer - 2007

Deborah Tate Sears - 2006

Stephanie Mackey - 2006

Sheri Brenneman - 2005

Sarah Reynolds - 2004

Valerie McElravey - 2003

Lynne Davis - 2002

Gayle Greenslade-Lalonde - 2001

Schelte (Sam) Brandsma - 2000


Arts Legacy Award

Alison Ayres - 2014

Eric Smeaton - 2013

Margot Fawcett - 2012

Jim Higgins - 2009

David Morrison - 2007

Lindsay Dance Studio - 2006

Lindsay Little Theatre - 2005

Alison Jackson - 2004

Carol Bradford - 2003

James Brown - 2002

Brenda Milner - 2001

Kiwanis Club of Lindsay - 2000



Sweeting Awards

Nominations Now Open

Nominations will be solicited for the upcoming Dennis Sweeting 'Arts Person of the Year' and 'Arts Legacy' Awards through the Chamber of Commerce.  Nomination forms are available at  Please call 705-324-2393 for more information. Tickets for the Evening of Excellence will be available in person at the Academy Theatre Box Office, on the telephone at 705-324-9111, or on our tickets page. For further information contact the General Manager at 705-324-7742.

About Dennis Sweeting
Since 1999, the Academy Theatre for Performing Arts has called for nominations from within the City of Kawartha Lakes for the Dennis Sweeting Arts Awards. Dennis Sweeting (1915-2000) was a professional actor and founding artistic director of the Kawartha Summer Theatre (1964). He was producer/artistic director of Canadian Players, and president of the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). He organized the Actor's Equity Association of Canada and served as Reeve of Lindsay and Warden of Victoria County. Sweeting also received the Order of Canada (1994).

Dennis Sweeting Arts Person of the Year
This award is presented to any individual who resides within the City of Kawartha Lakes, who has made a significant contribution to the cultural community in the past 12 months through any of the following arts: music, theatre, dance or visual arts.

Dennis Sweeting Arts Legacy Award
This award is presented to any individual, group or business who resides within the City of Kawartha Lakes and who has made a significant and consistent contribution, for at least the past ten years, to the cultural community through any of the following arts: music, theatre, dance or visual arts.

Candidate(s) must be age of majority residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes. To be nominated, candidates must have made a substantial and distinguished contribution to the arts within this community in 2013-2014 for the Arts Person of the Year and ten years or more, for the Legacy Award.

The Awards will consist of a framed certificate and inclusion on a public commemorative plaque in the Academy Theatre lobby. Dennis Sweeting Awards to be presented as part of the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce "Evening of Excellence" at the Victoria Park Armory on April 24, 2015.  

Nomination Process
Please include the candidate’s full name, address, phone number, email address, and gender. Candidates may not apply for the award on their own behalf.

Support Documentation
Please provide a short support letter describing the nominee’s contributions to the arts and why the nominee should receive the award. Please also include any pertinent information about the nominee and the nominee’s area or type of work in the arts.


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