Aster Awards

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Aster: as-ter Greek for star

Thursday, November 20, 2014
6 to 9:30 p.m.

In 2013, at the Toronto Botanical Garden’s inaugural Aster Awards it celebrated three extraordinary individuals whose work has inspired us to connect with nature and to appreciate both its immense power and surprising vulnerability. Edward Burtynsky’s images of scarred landscapes, Janet Rosenberg’s elegant and refined garden spaces,  and Scott MacIvor’s insights into the life and struggles of bees draw us into the natural world and invite us to re-discover, celebrate, and protect it.


Charles PachterHonorary Co-Chair, Charles Pachter
One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. He was born in Toronto and holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, the Ontario College of Art & Design, and the University of Toronto. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal. Read on…
sandy stagg - black hatHonorary Co-Chair, Sandy Stagg
Arriving in Toronto from England in October 1968, Sandy Stagg found a city very different from the “Swinging London” she had left behind. In 1971 Sandy opened one of Toronto’s first vintage clothing stores, Amelia Earhart Originals, on Charles Street, and in the mid-seventies she moved the thriving business to the newly fashionable Yorkville Avenue. While exploring the neighbourhood she came across a run down greasy spoon café called the Peter Pan, and set about finding partners to help restore it. It opened in 1976, the first of many trendy eateries in the burgeoning Queen Street West area. It was followed in 1980 by her next venture, the Fiesta Restaurant on Yonge Street, which became the rock ‘n roll hangout of the decade.


The 2013 TBG Aster Award recipients:
JanetRosenberg_0512_Final_BWJanet Rosenberg, DLITT (HON), OALA, FCSLA, FASLA, IFLA, RCA
With almost 30 years of experience and an extensive portfolio of high-profile urban and suburban projects, Janet is a recognized figure in landscape architecture and urban design across Canada. Known for her work on both public landmarks and private landscapes, Janet often pushes the boundaries of design to the benefit of those who use and enjoy the spaces she creates. Read on…
Edward_Burtynsky_KleberEdward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. Read on…Photo credit: Brigit Kleber
scott pic-new-b&wScott MacIvor
Scott MacIvor is an ecologist with research interests in biodiversity and ecological trade offs in urban areas and in architectural and landscape design. In his PhD at York University, Scott is studying the community ecology of bees and wasps in cities. He is also research coordinator at the University of Toronto Green Roof Innovation Technology (GRIT) lab where he evaluates the contribution of plant traits and species diversity, and other biotic variables, to green roof performance. His work has received several awards, including a Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal.

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