2016 Holiday Card Contest

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2016 Holiday Card Contest

Once again, the Cabbagetown Residents Association is sponsoring its annual Holiday Card contest. Students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 at Sprucecourt and Winchester Public schools are submitting their most creative holiday drawings by Nov. 30. There will be four winners: two at each school, one from the primary grades and the second from the junior grades.

These four images will be made into greeting cards sent out to all households within the CRA’s official boundaries of Parliament to the west, Gerrard to the south, Don Valley to the east and St. James’s Cemetery to the north. Watch for them in your mailbox! The contest winners each receive a Pizza Party for their class and a framed copy of their card.

This year, the association has recruited three artists who live in Cabbagetown as our volunteer guest judges. Many thanks to Doug Panton, Sylvie Daigneault and Michael Cavanaugh. Read more about our judges:

Doug Panton
Doug Panton
Doug Panton is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and advertising art director. He has been a professor for 14 years at OCAD University in Toronto. He has led projects and created illustrations for many clients, including:

Kodak, Levis Canada, Christie Brown, Chapters bookstores, Ralston Purina, Ceiba-Geigy, Nutra-Sweet, Budweiser, Molson Brewery, Labatt Brewery, Upper Canada Brewery, Creemore Brewery, Air Canada, Tourism Canada, Honda Canada, Ralston Purina, Amstel Beer, Seagrams, Kimberly Clark, Ontario Hydro, Lactancia, Ontario Milk & Marketing Board, Radio Bureau of Canada, Canada Post Corporation, S C Johnson, Winterlude Ottawa Tourism, The Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Ontario Lottery Corporation, Microsoft, Up Country Canada, The Canadian Schizophrenia Society, The March of Dimes, The Canadian Cancer Society, Bayer Canada, Bell Canada, Alliance-Bell (Atlantic), Bank of Canada, Canada Life Insurance, Toronto Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, The Royal Bank of Canada, Ink Design, Bazooka Design Montreal, Landis, N.Y., Weston Foundation, Dalglish Foundation.

Oxford University Press, Thames & Hudson (UK), HarperCollins Publishers, McMillan’s Publishers, McGraw-Hill (New York), McGraw-Hill (Toronto), Kids Kan Press, Scholastic (New York).

3×3 Magazine, U.S.A.Today, Barron’s Weekly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Magazine, American Lawyer Magazine, Boston Business Journal, McLean’s Magazine, Canadian Business Magazine, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, Financial Post Magazine, Canadian Homes Magazine, Weekend Magazine, Saturday Night Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, Outdoors Canada, The Montreal Gazette, Charted Accountant Magazine, The Cleveland Daily News, Global Brief Magazine, The Walrus Magazine, Readers Digest.

Sylvie Daigneault
Sylvie Daigneault
Sylvie Daigneault studied painting at L’École des Beaux Arts de Montréal and performed with Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire as a contemporary dance member. Her illustration career began in 1978 in Toronto when her lyrical pencil work was presented to publishers. Since then, Sylvie has been published numerous times as a children’s book illustrator as well as an author-illustrator with a bestseller series about a little bear, Bruno. Most of her published books have reached worldwide distribution. Over the spam of her ongoing career, her illustrations has been sought by the editorial, design and advertising firms and to this day receive awards and recognition by numerous competitions.

She has created posters for the National Ballet of Canada, limited edition Laura Secord Christmas chocolate gift boxes, coins for the Royal Mint of Canada, an extensive line of Tetley herbals teas and many more food-packaging collections in the U.S.

Michael Cavanaugh
Michael Cavanaugh
Michael Cavanaugh is the Director of the Bell Boxes Murals Project. This group has commissioned local artists to paint murals on 78 outdoor equipment boxes throughout Ontario, including North Downtown Yonge Street, the Danforth East between Greenwood Ave and Main Street, Cabbagetown, St. James Town, Regent Park, and the St Lawrence Market / Historic Toronto neighbourhood. Michael spearheaded the recently completed mural on the south side of the LCBO building on Parliament Street to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the annual Cabbagetown Festival.

Michael has a degree in fine art from the University of Manitoba and, like many social entrepreneurs, has done many different things, including teaching painting at university and designing magazines and websites. He has been a creative director, business strategist and corporate vice president as well as a painter and musician.

Michael is a consultant with Community Matters Toronto in St James Town, contributed the art and culture section for the application for Heritage Conservation District status for Yonge Street in Toronto and is involved in a number of other community-engaged art projects and activities.

See the winning cards from 2015

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