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Tom Hearn Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, November 21, 2017 - Tom Hearn is the 2017 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award, awarded to a Conservatory Program graduate at the Second City Training Program.  Tom was presented the award Saturday, November 18th at Second City's "A Year in Revue - Conservatory Showcase".  The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career.

Tom Hearn is a graduate of Mount Allison University (Bachelor of Arts, Drama) and has been performing improv and sketch comedy in Toronto for several years. As a producer and performer he has worked on shows including Bad Dog Theatre Company (featured player), The Pageant, Hookup, Kinsey Fail (founding member), Sketchy Show, and Sunday Night Live. He wrote, directed and starred in the web series Mama, and can be seen this holiday season in the Second City Holiday classic “Miracle on Mercer Street”. 

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City.   Beginning in 2015, the $2,500 award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

List of Past Winners


For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

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