Media Release: Karl Subban to receive the 2018 Cultural Award at DAREarts Leadership Awards

For Immediate Release                                                                   

April 5, 2018

Toronto, ON – DAREarts Founder and President, Marilyn Field, MSM, today announced that acclaimed Karl Subban, Canadian educator, author and hockey dad to NHL stars, will receive the 2018 DAREarts Cultural Award at the DAREarts Leadership Awards gala on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at The Carlu, hosted by Jeanne Beker, CM.

The annual DAREarts Leadership Awards gala celebrates the power of the arts to ignite change in the lives of marginalized children in Canada. With the Cultural Award, DAREarts annually honours an individual who has led the way in cultivating culture for Canadian youth. In addition, six youth leaders from across the country who are graduates of the DAREarts empowerment program will each receive a Youth Leadership Award and financial support.

Karl Subban is well known for being the ultimate hockey dad, having raised three boys — Malcolm, Jordan and P.K. (an Olympic gold medalist and winner of the Norris Trophy) — all who were drafted into the NHL. Karl detailed this feat in his best-selling, 2017 memoir, How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School, and Life. But perhaps his biggest accomplishments are those that are less celebrated. For 30 years, Karl was an educator in the Toronto District School Board, effecting incalculably positive change at some of the toughest schools. He did so by instilling values that are shared by DAREarts, empowering his students to take responsibility for their actions, respect themselves and each other, and to be excellent in all they do. Although he is now retired, he continues to develop young leaders.

Field said, “As a father, hockey dad, educator and leader, Karl Subban has spent his life helping young people to fuel their own passion and reach their potential by following their own path. His mission and values mirror those of DAREarts: to empower kids through the DARE of Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence, making him an ideal recipient of this year’s award.”

Guests attending the DAREarts Leadership Awards Gala will enjoy a cocktail reception, sit down dinner, as well as a silent and live auction, with proceeds benefiting the ongoing work of DAREarts, empowering another 10,000 youth this upcoming year.

Tickets for the annual DAREarts Leadership Awards Gala are $300 per person and tables range from $4,000 to $100,000.  They can be purchased by calling 905-729-0097, by email at or online at

DAREarts is grateful to all its supporters, including National Supporter Northbridge Insurance, Platinum Supporters Scotiabank and TD Bank Group; Gold Supporters Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Noront Resources; Transportation Supporters VIA Rail and Air Canada; Lead Education Partners Toronto District School Board, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Atelier 19.

DAREarts appreciates the generosity of in-kind donors for this event, including The Carlu, Shooting Stars Productions, Seneca College and many others providing the live and silent auction items.  You can view them at Media support is appreciated from Classical 96.3 FM.   


DAREarts is a national charity that empowers at-risk young people with the values of Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence to unlock their potential and become leaders who ignite change.  Interacting with working artists in a supportive environment, young people are dared to step outside their familiar boundaries and engage in creative risk-taking activities. This moves them from often-difficult environments to a new, empowering vision of themselves, which improves the quality of their life and their communities.

Since 1996, DAREarts has helped to break the vicious cycle of poverty, bullying, isolation and marginalization for more than 200,000 young people in Canada. For more information go to:


For Media Information:

Rachel Strong
DAREarts Communication
Cell:     (416) 735-9255
Office:  (905) 729-0097