Voting results: “Canada’s most artistic municipality” contest

Votes received for 69 artistic municipalities across the country

Hill Strategies Research will unveil "Canada's most artistic municipality" on February 13th, when we release Artists in Small and Rural Municipalities in Canada, our new report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series. Based on 2001 census data, the most artistic municipality is the one where artists comprise the highest percentage of the local labour force.

A key finding of the report - that there are significant concentrations of artists in small and rural municipalities across the country - demonstrates that the arts contribute to the quality of life and the social and economic vitality of many small and rural communities in Canada.

This finding is reflected in the fact that we received 161 votes for 69 different municipalities in our "Canada's most artistic municipality" contest. The web-based contest asked participants to identify the municipality where artists comprise the highest percentage of the local labour force.

The winning contest entry, randomly selected from the correct answers submitted, will also be announced on February 13th. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore or cultural organization of their choice.

"Canada's most artistic municipality" contest was not intended to provide a representative sample of the Canadian public, so the votes for artistic municipalities simply reflect the opinions of those who took the time to vote. Nevertheless, it is interesting to examine some of the municipalities receiving votes as "Canada's most artistic municipality".

Before we provided a hint that the "most artistic municipality" was a small municipality, the voting results were dominated by Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. After distributing the hint, the top vote-getting small municipalities were:

  • Region of Queens Municipality, N.S., 20 votes
    * Nelson, B.C., 7 votes
    * Iqaluit, NU, 7 votes
    * Baie-Saint-Paul, QC, 6 votes
    * Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC, 6 votes
    * Saltspring Island, B.C., 4 votes
    * Sutton, QC, 4 votes
    * Val-David, QC, 4 votes
    * Cape Dorset, NU, 3 votes

A news conference will be held on Monday, February 13th at 11 AM in Queens Quay Terminal, Toronto Harbourfront (207 Queens Quay West) to unveil "Canada's most artistic municipality".

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