MOCA Toronto Announces Relaunch of the MOCA Award and 2022 Recipients

Awards will be formally presented at the MOCA Award Gala

on Thursday, November 3, 2022


The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) is pleased to announce the reinstatement of the MOCA Award in recognition of leaders in visual arts for their innovation, accomplishment and contribution to contemporary art. The awards allow MOCA to lean into its values of equity, inclusion and access while supporting and amplifying the work of cultural changemakers. This year’s selections are Rajni Perera, chosen to receive the 2022 MOCA Artist Award with a $25,000 monetary prize, and Nada Ristich, Head of Community Giving at BMO Financial Group for the MOCA Luminary Award.

“At MOCA we’re striving to serve as an inclusive cultural hub, celebrating our hyper-diverse city and world through artwork that provokes active dialogue and celebrates complexity,” said Kathleen Bartels, Executive Director and CEO, MOCA. “Our criteria for the 2022 MOCA Artist Award was a reflection of this ethos, and our Luminary Award acknowledges those who share in our aspiration to support artists creating transformative, dialogue-provoking work.”

Rajni Perera is a painter and sculptor known for exploring ideas of systemic power through science fiction imagery. Perera lives and works in Toronto, with roots in Sri Lanka. Issues of hybridity, ancestorship and immigration identity are explored through her work. Perera was one of the participating artists in the inaugural exhibition BELIEVE presented at MOCA Toronto in 2018. Along with the monetary award, Perera has the opportunity to create a new commission that will be exhibited at MOCA in 2024.

“I humbly accept this award from the MOCA,” said Rajni Perera. “I feel grateful for their support and hopeful for the future of this institution as a place of dreams, truth, and light.”

Nada Ristich, selected for the 2022 MOCA Luminary Award, has been a significant voice in transforming the role of corporate giving in Canada for over twenty-five years. Long recognized for her advocacy of the arts, Ristich has received numerous awards including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for voluntary service, an honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto in June 2022, and in the fall she will receive a “Special Recognition Award” from the Council for Canadian American Relations in New York.

“In my role as Head of Community Giving at BMO, it’s been an absolute joy to support MOCA and help further its mission to support culturally diverse artists from Toronto and beyond,” said Nada Ristich. “As a long-time supporter and member of the Board of Directors, I’m honoured to be receiving the 2022 MOCA Luminary Award.”

This fall, a gala will be hosted to formally present the MOCA Awards and celebrate the 2022 recipients. The event will feature a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner and award programme at The Symes. Confirmed honorary chairs of the gala include Julia Ouellette, Carol Weinbaum, Dr. Parambir S. Keila and Anjli Patel, with Hesty Leibtag and Bruce Munro Wright serving as gala co-chairs. For more information about the gala and sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact

About MOCA Toronto

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) presents rotating exhibitions that prioritize twenty-first-century artistic production, primarily through commissioning of new work. Artists, partnerships, experimentation, and reciprocal initiatives are at the centre of MOCA’s mission as a locally rooted and internationally connected organization. Focused on core values promoting equity, inclusion, access, courage, and responsibility. MOCA fosters active participation and engagement to serve as a welcoming cultural hub in the hyper-diverse city of Toronto.

PHF Announces Sale Of Toronto Six To BIPOC Canadian Hockey Leaders

Toronto Six

Toronto Six

BOSTONMarch 7, 2022PRLog — The Premier Hockey Federation ( (PHF) today announced that the Toronto Six has been sold by BTM Partners to new owners who represent the first BIPOC (Black, Indigenous And People of Color) and Canadian investors in PHF history. The group is led by retired National Hockey League forward Anthony Stewart, joined by Hockey Hall of Famer Angela James, Carnegie Initiative co-chair Bernice Carnegie, and former NHL Coach of the Year Ted Nolan. The full list of participants in the new ownership group will be announced at closing. Together they provide invaluable hockey experience, community leadership, and diversity to the PHF’s first team north of the border.

“Local ownership who believe in our vision to grow women’s hockey and are committed to supporting these phenomenal professional athletes represents another significant step forward in the overall growth and sustainability of the PHF,” said Johanna Boynton, founding Chair and Principal Owner of the Toronto Six. “We are beyond excited for the PHF family to evolve by welcoming diverse leaders who will be difference makers and take the organization to the next level by enhancing the experience for our athletes, community partners, and passionate fans.”

Stewart is Chairman of Hockey Equality which is working to create sustainable change in the hockey community and creating diversity and inclusion at all levels across the sport. He also created Stewart Hockey, an organization that provides a space where players of all ages and backgrounds can grow their hockey skills, to give back to the hockey community that went above and beyond to help him and his brother Chris reach the NHL. On the ice, the Scarborough, Ontario native grew up playing in the Greater Toronto Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League before enjoying 10 years professionally including six NHL seasons. The 37-year-old is also an on-air hockey analyst with Sportsnet.

“This is a really amazing time to be part of professional women’s hockey and I am thrilled to lead a new ownership group to support elite athletes in my hometown,” said Stewart. “Together with my partners, we know how much representation matters and how important role models are for young hockey players. It brings me great joy to be part of something special and help strengthen a platform that will make the game better for the next generation and grow the game in the community that I love. We believe the PHF is well-positioned to become a leader in professional sports and look forward to continuing to build the Toronto Six into a winner on and off the ice.”

James is widely considered the first superstar in women’s hockey and remains the only Black player to captain Canada’s National Women’s Team. On the national stage she was a four-time gold medal winner at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, including the very first event in 1990 where she set a tournament record with 11 goals. The Torontonian became the first Canadian woman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and is also a member of the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the Order of Hockey in Canada. This season she’s been serving as an assistant coach for the Six.

Carnegie is the daughter of the late Herbert H. Carnegie, who was part of the only “All Black Line” in 1940’s semi-pro hockey. She co-founded the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation with her father and mother in 1987, helping countless individuals develop the confidence to become better citizens. As President of Bernice Carnegie and Associates, she works to address social injustice by bringing awareness to and affecting behavioral changes related to equity, fairness, and inclusiveness. The Carnegie Initiative works to ensure that hockey is inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all.

Nolan co-founded the program 3NOLANS, with sons Brandon and Jordan, to specifically work with First Nation youth to further develop their hockey skills and knowledge. Hailing from Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the 63-year-old played eight seasons of professional hockey including three in the NHL before transitioning his career into coaching. He has enjoyed success at every level behind the bench for more than 30 years, including seven NHL seasons, notably winning the 1997 Jack Adams Trophy with the Buffalo Sabres.

New and diverse ownership groups are part of the evolution of the PHF that will see substantial growth in years to come, driven by the Board of Governors’ commitment to investing $25 million over the next three years to directly enhance the player experience. Expansion to eight teams for the 2022-23 season along with a salary cap of $750,000 per team, full healthcare benefits and equity in the teams, facility upgrades, new equipment, and increased ice time is all part of the pledge to support professional PHF athletes.

The Six joined the PHF in 2020 and immediately captured a regular season title during the shortened 2021 campaign. They are currently in first place in the overall PHF standings with a 13-2-1 record and are a perfect 8-0 on home ice during this historic first season in Canada. The club, led by reigning MVP and current PHF top scorer Mikyla Grant-Mentis, will pursue their first Isobel Cup crown in playoff action March 25-28 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

About the Premier Hockey Federation

The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and provide opportunities for elite athletes to earn a living playing the game they love while fueling the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. For more information visit

NHL on TNT to Feature Toronto Maple Leafs and Superstar Auston MatthewsVisiting LA Kings and Veteran Anže Kopitar, Wednesday, Nov. 24

NHL on TNT will return tomorrow night with a full helping of on-ice action as superstar Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs, winners of eight of their last 10 games, visit Anže Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings in a Thanksgiving Day eve showdown. Kenny Albert will provide play-by-play, along with commentary from Eddie Olczyk and Keith Jones. Retired veteran NHL official Don Koharski will also join throughout the game to provide insights and analysis based on his 32-year career in the NHL.
Coverage will begin at 10 p.m. ET with NHL on TNT Face Off Presented by Verizon pregame coverage emanating from the state-of-the-art NHL on TNT set in Atlanta. Host Liam McHugh will be joined by three-time Stanley Cup Champion Rick Tocchet, hockey personality and former AHL & NHL veteran Paul Bissonnette and special guest, New York Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist
The NHL on TNT studio team will also provide analysis and insights between periods during the Lexus First Intermission Report and the Discover Second Intermission Report. 
Live streaming coverage of all NHL on TNT games will be available via the WatchTNT app on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices and at Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the username and password provided by their TV service provider. 

Canada – NFB and MOCA Toronto partner on digital artwork Charity by Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko. Exploration of an unlikely public art controversy in a Toronto suburb launches online September 29.

Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada has partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Toronto on the new digital artwork Charity, created by the Toronto-based collective of Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko. Available free online globally on in English and French starting September 29, Charity is an interactive documentary that explores the controversy and bureaucracy around an oversized chrome cow placed in a suburban Ontario neighbourhood as public art, raising questions about the identity of a place and who determines it. 

In July 2017, residents of the Cathedraltown suburban development in Markham, northeast of Toronto, awoke to find Charity, a giant chrome replica of a prize-winning Holstein cow commissioned by Cathedraltown’s developer, facing their homes. The residents, however, had never been consulted about the installation of their new eight-metre high bovine neighbour meant to pay tribute to the history of the site, and quickly rose in opposition to the sculpture. After mockery in the media, a barrage of complaints and numerous municipal-level discussions, the city council agreed to remove the contentious cow.

Charity looks at this unlikely controversy surrounding suburban public art, focusing on the bureaucratic processes that unfolded over several years in the Markham City Council as a way to consider the broader forces at play in our municipal democracies. Produced by the NFB in partnership with MOCA Toronto, Charity is an immersive and innovative case study on the challenges of representing multiple subjective experiences and histories simultaneously.

With a running time of approximately 36 minutes, Charity employs 360° video and photogrammetry to present a variation on the familiar interactive real-estate tour––where a house in Cathedraltown becomes a site to collect and re-narrate a community’s confrontation with a piece of public art, in turn offering a portrait of private property. The audio draws the audience into the quasi-absurdist hole that is the Council meetings in which the merits of the sculpture, and its ultimate removal, are discussed.  

Charity is produced by Jeremy Mendes and executive produced by Rob McLaughlin for the NFB’s English Program Digital Studio.

About the artists

Parastoo Anoushahpour (b. 1986, Tehran, Iran), Faraz Anoushahpour (b. 1987, Tehran, Iran) and Ryan Ferko (b. 1987, Mississauga, Canada) all live in Toronto and have worked in collaboration since 2013. Their shared practice explores the interplay of multiple subjectivities as a strategy to address the power inherent in narrative structures. Foregrounding the idea of place as a central focus, their work seeks to both decode their surroundings and trouble the production of images through speculative narration and dialectical imagery. Shifting between both gallery and cinema contexts, their recent film and installation work has been shown at Viennale, Vienna, Austria; the New York Film Festival, NY, USA; Taipei Artist Village, China; Trinity Square Video and Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada; SPACES, Cleveland, OH, USA; and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Charity is presented online in parallel with their new film Surface Rites, featured on-site at the Greater Toronto Art 2021 (GTA21) exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Toronto from September 29, 2021, to January 9, 2022.

About the partnership

The NFB/MOCA partnership offered an individual artist or collective the opportunity to develop an accessible, free public artwork in the form of a digital media experience. The partnership was designed to explore how our cities and social reality have changed, and will continue to adapt, in the midst of social transformation and re-opening.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won over 100 awards, including 21 Webbys. To access this unique content, visit

About MOCA Toronto

MOCA Toronto is motivated by the principle that museums and their programmes are culturally and socially beneficial to the diversity of the communities they serve. MOCA supports and promotes forward-thinking artistic experimentation and provides a community space for enrichment, discourse, collaboration, and creativity. Working across all contemporary art forms, MOCA’s programmes empower local artists and engage the Toronto art scene while contributing to the international art community and scholarship. MOCA is a not-for-profit charitable organization. The evolution of the Museum is made possible through a unique alliance with Castlepoint Numa, public sector funders, private donors, members, sponsors, and a network of cross-sectoral partners.

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Canada – The Government of Canada and the City of Toronto to announce funding for safer supply projects in Toronto

Media advisory

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, will join John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto and Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, to announce funding for projects that support people living with opioid use disorder in Toronto.

April 13, 2021, Toronto, ON – The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, will join John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto and Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, to announce funding for projects that support people living with opioid use disorder in Toronto.

There will be a media availability immediately following the announcement. Please indicate your name (first and last) and media outlet when joining the event.

April 14, 2021

9:00 AM EDT

The event will be held on Zoom.

Zoom link:

Passcode: 595998

Media Inquiries:
Cole Davidson

Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Health


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