The council sponsored an annual contest 1977-84 for young Canadian performers. It was known in its first season as the du Maurier Search for Talent and thereafter as the du Maurier Search for Stars. Winners included the Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet, Desmond Hoebig, Gwen Hoebig, Loreena McKennitt, Sophie Rolland, and Marie-Josée Simard. In 1985 the council began to sponsor an international jazz festival in Toronto and by 1991 had also given its support and name to similar events in Edmonton (Jazz City), Vancouver, and Saskatoon. (See also Jazz Festivals.)
Between 1981 and 2003 du Maurier Arts Ltd provided over $60 million to 675 arts organizations nationwide. This included the cost of converting a former ice house on the Toronto waterfront (see Harbourfront) into the 400-seat du Maurier Theatre Centre (after 1972 known as the Harbourfront Centre Theatre), which has been used for musical as well as theatrical events.
In October 2003, due to new federal legislation banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship, the du Maurier Arts Council was forced to disband. In its place two new programs were created: the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Council and the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund. Rather than sponsoring arts events, these new programs make annual donations totalling $3 million to a variety of arts groups in the fields of music, dance, theatre, literature, opera and the visual arts. The Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Council makes donations ranging from $5000 to $15,000 to small incorporated and non-profit arts groups while the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund donates $15,000-$100,000 to larger arts organizations.
Author Revised: Alexis Luko
'The corporate money tree,' Music, Sep-Oct 1980
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