Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)

October 01, 2014 10:00 ET

Salah Bachir Named Recipient of the MOCCA Award 2015

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2014) - The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is excited to announce Salah J. Bachir as the recipient of the MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art 2015. Presented by BMO Financial Group, the MOCCA Award will be presented to Salah Bachir at a celebratory gala on the evening of Saturday, April 25, 2015, held in Baillie Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The MOCCA Award honours Salah Bachir, President of Cineplex Media, for his exceptional contribution to the field of contemporary art as a patron of the arts, for his generous and widely recognized philanthropic activities, and for his extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary art.

Collecting art since the late 1980s, Salah Bachir is driven by voracious passion, an authentic love for art, a generosity of spirit and a commitment to supporting artists. His collection, which he shares with artist Jacob Yerex, now includes over 3,000 works of Modern and Contemporary art, and features many works by Canadian artists such as Betty Goodwin, Stephen Andrews and Attila Richard Lukacs, as well as pieces by international icons. His Andy Warhol collection is particularly renowned.

Salah Bachir has generously donated numerous works to the Art Gallery of Ontario (where a room was named in his honour), Oakville Galleries, Canada's National Gallery, Rideau Hall, the Canadiana Fund and the University of British Columbia. Salah Bachir's extraordinary collections have been featured in 7 exhibitions, including at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, University of Toronto's Hart House and Oakville Galleries. Most recently, over 300 works from his collection appeared in MOCCA's summer 2014 exhibition, Over the Rainbow.

Salah Bachir's dedication to the arts continues with his philanthropic work. He has served on numerous boards and committees including those of the Canadian Film Centre (of which he is a founding member), Art Gallery of Ontario, Luminato arts festival and Business for the Arts. His support of the Ryerson Image Centre enabled one of its most innovative features, the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall.

Guests of the MOCCA Award will receive a limited-edition plate especially designed for the MOCCA Award 2015 by renowned Toronto-based artist Jacob Yerex.

Tickets for the MOCCA Award 2015 gala are available on MOCCA's new online store at Gala Sponsorship, Tables and other MOCCA Award inquiries may be directed to Katy Laird, MOCCA Award 2015 Co-Producer, 416-395-7613 |


"I'm incredibly honoured to receive the 2015 MOCCA Award. Just like MOCCA, and our fabulous hosts at the AGO, I always have been, and always will be, deeply dedicated to Canada's great artists."
Salah J. Bachir, President, Cineplex Media; recipient, MOCCA Award 2015
"Salah Bachir's passion and interest in contemporary art is as wide-ranging and eclectic as his philanthropic spirit. His engagement goes beyond the conventional, the expected and the predictable, reflecting values and approaches that have characterized the evolution of MOCCA."
David Liss, Artistic Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
"Salah Bachir has a genuine eye for art and an ability to identify talent. He's quietly provided valuable support for Canadian artists at the very beginning of their careers and has seen them through to greater success. His longstanding support for Canadian contemporary art makes him a deserving recipient of the MOCCA Award."
Gilles Ouellette, Group Head, Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group – presenting sponsor of the MOCCA Award


The biennial MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art is a $25,000 cash prize established by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2007 to honour a Canadian in the field for innovation, accomplishment, contribution over time, or for a specific project that has national or international significance. Eligibility extends to artists, curators, administrators, writers, educators, gallerists, patrons, philanthropists, advocates, and other professionals.

BMO Financial Group has been Presenting Sponsor of the MOCCA Award since its inception.

Proceeds from the MOCCA Award gala directly support the exhibitions and programming activities at MOCCA.

Presenting Sponsor
BMO Financial Group
Media Sponsor
Toronto Life


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The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art was born on the cusp of the millennium and has exploded onto the Toronto and Canadian art scene with ambitious local-to-global programming. Since re-locating to Queen Street West in 2005, MOCCA functions as a hub for cultural production and creative exchange.

All programs and activities of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial Group, CISCO, individual memberships and private donations.

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