Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen held its 39th annual awards dinner to recognize four regional printers for their Gallery of Superb Printing wins, while also handing out scholarships to top graphic arts students.
The Craftsmen awards dinner was based around both the national and international Gallery of Superb Printing competitions organized by the IAPHC organization to which the Toronto Craftsmen belong.
On the national level, Colour Innovations received the Best of Show award, sponsored by Heidelberg Canada, for its production of The Gates of Chinatown Collection, while C.J. Graphics won Best Use of Ink for Canadian Club Premium project and The Lowe-Martin Group won Best Use of Ink for Air Optix Aqua Leave Behind.
Polytainers Inc., a producer of rigid packaging printed products was the fourth Gallery of Superb Printing winner from the area. C.J. Graphics took home the most combined national and international awards at 107, including 50 Gold, 33 Silver, 20 Bronze and four Honourable Mentions.
The night concluded with Bill Kidd, Educational Chair for the Toronto Craftsmen, presenting awards and scholarship funding to 12 students focused on developing a career in graphic communications at secondary and post-secondary schools. Eight students with the highest grade point averages in their respective programs received the Chai Tse Award, named after a Ryerson student who passed away nearly 10 years ago. The Challenge Award Winners beat out more than 80 project submissions, which doubled last year’s total entries.
Toronto Craftsmen Student Chai Tse Awards
Joel Nash, Centennial College The Centre for Creative Communication
Simon Yan, Central Technical Secondary School
James Waters, George Brown College School of Design
Carly Hoffman, Georgian College Design and Visual Arts
Humaira Imtiyaz, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Edward Viveiros, Humber College Advertising & Graphic Design
Tabeau Lemcke, Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management
Brian Carvalho, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation
Graphic Challenge Awards
Diondra Filicetti, Ryerson University School of Graphic Management
Runner-up: Aaron Tansil, George Brown College School of Design
Helen Zhou, Central Technical Secondary School
Runner-up, Vishal Monteiro, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School