TORONTO, ON., April 14, 2016 – After receiving a record number of entries, the judges of this year’s Toyota Dream Car Art Contest completed the difficult task of choosing the nine Canadian winners.

 

“In my first year as a judge for the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, I’m amazed by the artwork of so many young and talented Canadians,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. “A glimpse into the creativity demonstrated in these submissions provides insights into the way youth think about the future of mobility.”

 

Last fall, Canadians were asked to invite youth ages 15 and under to envision their “dream car” – and the entries inspired a wide range of storytelling. Artworks were judged on originality, creativity and relevance to the “dream car” theme, and three winners were selected in each of the three age categories: under 8, 8 to 11, and 12-15.

 

This year’s Canadian winners include:

 

Under 8 years:

  • The Book Creator Car (Thomas, age 7, British Columbia)
  • Voiture D’eau Toyota/Toyota Water Car (Delphine, age 7, Québec)
  • Snowflake Car (Diyaana, age 7, Alberta)

 

8-11 years:

  • Clean Air for Everyone! (Will, age 9, British Columbia)
  • Eco-Drive (Ji An, age 10, British Columbia)
  • The Universal Aid Car (Aileen, age 11, Ontario)

 

12-15 years:

  • Window to the Past – Toyota Time Traveler (YingJie, age 13, British Columbia)
  • Toyota Cares (Rachelle, age 15, British Columbia)
  • Light of Hope (Yoon, age 15, Ontario)

 

The nine winning entries will now have the opportunity to represent Canada in the world contest for a chance to be chosen among 30 global finalists. If chosen, each global finalist (and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s)) will be invited to travel to Japan on an all-expenses paid trip to attend a special awards ceremony this August. In the last three years, three Canadian entries were chosen as global finalists.

 

Last year, more than 660,000 entries were received from 75 countries.

 

All nine winners will be awarded the prize of a 7-inch 8GB tablet device (with Wi-Fi) at local ceremonies being held as follows:

 

Winner

Dealership

Date and Time

  Thomas

  Jim Pattison Toyota
  Downtown

  Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 AM (PDT)

  Delphine

  Villa Toyota Scion

  Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

  Diyaana

  Canyon Creek Toyota

  Saturday, April 16 at 10:00 AM (MDT)

  Will

  Jim Pattison Toyota
  Downtown

  Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 AM (PDT)

  Ji An

  Jim Pattison Toyota
  Downtown

  Friday, April 22 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

  Aileen

  Don Valley North Toyota Scion

  Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

  YingJie

  Jim Pattison Toyota
  Downtown

  Friday, April 22 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

  Rachelle

  Jim Pattison Toyota
  Downtown

  Friday, April 22 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

  Yoon

  Performance Toyota Scion

  Monday, April 18 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

 

Commenting on being a judge, esteemed lifestyle, arts and culture writer Sonya Davidson noted how uplifting the experience was.

 

“Dreams are so important in life,” she said. “To dream means to have hope and inspiration. It’s so magical to see the variety of dream cars from all the young artists. They’ve shown that dreams vary and there is no limit to what the possibilities can be when we use our imaginations. But the ideas were more than dreams on paper. There were many concepts that were not only thoughtful but also insightful.”

 

Added fellow judge Steve Fisher, founder of Republic of Quality, an award-winning website consultancy: “Not only was I impressed with the creative nature of the submissions, I was thrilled with how much care was demonstrated for the future of our planet. There was so much compassion and thoughtfulness in so many of the entries.”

 

“I was deeply touched by these young artists and their drawings – some by their ideas, some by their artistic talents and some by the messages they chose to send. Wow, so much talent! Just knowing that these children will grow up to be tomorrow’s adults fills me with love and hope. Bravo to all the participants,” said Jaime Damak, leading family blogger and founder of Je suis une maman.

 

To view the winning Canadian entries and learn more about the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, please visit www.toyota.ca/dreamcarartcontest.  

 

 

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles. Toyota has sold over 4.6 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 285 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than six million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid.

 

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