Hamilton Citizen of the Year goes to…

This past Monday the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted the Hamilton Community Awards Dinner at Michelangelo’s. This dinner is hosted in order to recognize certain influential members of our community for their contributions to the city of Hamilton. The two main awards are the ‘Citizen of the Year Award’ (in its 75th year) and the ‘Youth Volunteer of the Year Award’ (in its 15th year). Special to this years award dinner the Chamber awarded the Honourable Lincoln Alexander the ‘Honourary Distinguished Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award’. The Hamilton Spectator covered the story in today’s paper. A few quotes from that article follow.

It is a testament to the success of Hamilton’s art community that the city’s distinguished citizen of the year award went to Supercrawl director Tim Potocic.

“I love it to death, and I’ll continue to do everything I can to bring arts and culture to Hamilton,” Potocic said of his hometown.

As co-owner of Sonic Unyon Records on Wilson Street near James, Potocic has long invested his time and energy in the core, working closely with the Hamilton Downtown BIA as well as the Hamilton Arts Council and a number of other downtown arts groups. – TheSpec.com

The Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award is those individuals who have performed the act for which they are being nominated in a voluntary capacity in the Hamilton Community, over and above those required of them in the performance of their regular professional duties or in the course of their professional activity, have brought outstanding/remarkable attention to the Hamilton community on a provincial, national or international basis. Tim Potocic’s fellow nominees were Vitek Wincza of the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts and Werner Plessl of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust.

[Potocic] thanked his “co-winners” — nominees Vitek Wincza, artistic director for the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, and Werner Plessl, executive director of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust — as he accepted his RBC-sponsored award at a banquet at Michelangelo’s Monday night.

“It was a very close contest which speaks to the quality of all three nominees,” said Chamber of Commerce president and CEO David Adames.

Potocic agreed.

“We’re on the verge of something great.”

Supercrawl has grown in four years to draw more than 75,000 people to the downtown festival — and headliners such as Broken Social Scene and K’naan — to put Hamilton’s art scene on a national stage. – TheSpec.com

Cheers to another year of successes at the James Street North Art Crawl and the annual Supercrawl!

For more information visit the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce website or The Hamilton Spectator website.