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They’re back!! The M Awards return to Victoria

Monday Mag’s popular arts awards highlighting the best of the best returns this October
The nomination period for the M Awards runs June 7 through to July 12. (Photo used in design: Katharine Brynjolfson/Black Press Media)

It’s been a hot minute, but the Monday Mag M Awards are back and ready to shine bright!

The M Awards are a ballot-based general arts awards, the only one in the city honouring all arts disciplines. We set the categories – including music, film, performing arts, visual arts, literature and community – and you vote to bring further fame to your favourite artists, performers, productions and more!

There is so much talent on Vancouver Island to be celebrated, and the M Awards is a chance to do just that. The awards allow our audience to uncover new and exciting aspects of Vancouver Island’s expansive art scene. And at the awards ceremony, movers and shakers in many disciplines will be brought together under one roof.

Since we started in 2003, the M Awards have helped to cement Monday Mag as a leader in the arts in Victoria. While the pandemic brought a pause, its return marks an exciting time as the arts enter a new era. Greater yet, this year, we are expanding the awards to cover not just Victoria, but all of Vancouver Island.

To be eligible for nomination, individuals must live on Vancouver Island or have lived here for part of 2023. Performances, shows or events must have taken place on Vancouver Island in 2023. For publications and recordings, publishers or labels can be located outside of Vancouver Island but the writer/artist must be from Vancouver Island and their work issued in 2023.

The awards nominations open from June 7 through to July 12. From there, the top five nominees from each category will move into the voting round, where anyone can vote from July 22 to Sept. 6.

Winners will be announced at the M Awards Gala on October 30, location to be determined.

So what are you waiting for?! Head to after June 7 and get nominating!

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Sam Duerksen

About the Author: Sam Duerksen

Since moving to Victoria from Winnipeg in 2020, I’ve worked in communications for non-profits and arts organizations.
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