Vote tally for “Canada’s most creative neighbourhood” contest

Votes received for 90 artistic areas across the country

Where are the most creative neighbourhoods in Canada? Areas where artists interact and help shape the character of their communities…

Hill Strategies Research will unveil "Canada's most creative neighbourhood" on October 27th, when we release Artists by Neighbourhood in Canada, our new report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series. Using mapping technology, the report will examine artists as a percentage of the labour force in various postal regions - "neighbourhoods" - across Canada, based on 2001 census data. The most creative neighbourhood is the postal region where artists comprise the highest percentage of the local labour force, based on place of residence.

The report will demonstrate that there are many significant artistic clusters in urban and rural areas across Canada. This finding is reflected in the fact that we received 143 votes for 90 different postal regions in our "Canada's most creative neighbourhood" contest, including at least one submission for each province and two territories. The web-based contest asked participants to identify the postal region where artists comprise the highest percentage of the local labour force.

The winning contest entry, randomly selected from the correct answers submitted, will also be announced on October 27th. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore or cultural organization of their choice.

"Canada's most creative neighbourhood" contest was not intended to provide a representative sample of the Canadian public, so the votes for postal regions simply reflect the opinions of those who took the time to vote. Nevertheless, it is interesting to examine some of the areas receiving votes as "Canada's most creative neighbourhood".

The top vote-getting postal areas are:
* M5A in east Toronto, including the Distillery Historic District, 10 votes;
* S4T in west-central Regina, including the Cathedral district, 6 votes;
* M6J, West Queen West in Toronto, 6 votes; and
* H2J, part of Montreal's plateau area, 5 votes.

Some other postal regions receiving votes are listed below by territory and province.

Territories
* Nunavut's X0A postal area, encompassing Baffin Island (Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, etc.), 1 vote; and
* Y1A in Whitehorse, Yukon, 1 vote.

British Columbia
* V5L, east Vancouver, 3 votes;
* V8K, Saltspring Island, 2 votes; and
* V8T in Victoria, 2 votes (V8R, V8S and V8W received 1 vote each).

Some areas of B.C. receiving 1 vote include:
* the rural V0R region of Vancouver Island, which surrounds Tofino and Clayoquot Sound;
* V0J and V0K, rural areas surrounding Prince George;
* V0H, a rural area surrounding but excluding Penticton;
* V2B in Kamloops;
* V7L and V7M in North Vancouver; and
* V9L in Duncan.

Alberta
* T2P, central Calgary, 1 vote;
* T2E, northeastern Calgary, 1 vote; and
* T0J, a rural area in southeastern Alberta, 1 vote.

Saskatchewan
* S4T in west-central Regina, including the Cathedral district, 6 votes;
* S0K, a rural area of Saskatchewan surrounding Saskatoon, including Meacham, 1 vote; and
* S7N, eastern Saskatoon, including Sunderland, 1 vote.

Manitoba
* R3B and R3C, downtown Winnipeg, 1 vote each; and
* R3T, an area near the University of Manitoba, 1 vote.

Ontario
* M5A in east Toronto, including the Distillery Historic District, 10 votes;
* M6J, West Queen West in Toronto, 6 votes;
* M6R, Toronto's western Parkdale area, 4 votes;
* K0A, a rural area of eastern Ontario near Ottawa, including Almonte, 3 votes;
* M5J, Toronto Islands and Harbourfront, 3 votes; and
* Toronto areas M4M (Riverdale), M5R (Annex), M5T (surrounding Spadina and Dundas Streets), M6K (also in Parkdale) and M6P (Bloor West Village and High Park), 2 votes each.

Except for K0A, no area of Ontario outside of Toronto received more than one vote. Some areas of Ontario receiving 1 vote include:
* Ottawa areas K1S (the Glebe and south), K1Y (Ottawa West) and K1H (southeastern Ottawa);
* Hamilton areas L8N (downtown) and L9C (west Mountain);
* Peterborough's K9H and K9J areas;
* Mississauga's L5A and L6H areas;
* P7A in Thunder Bay;
* P5A in Elliot Lake;
* L7G in Georgetown;
* N4K in Owen Sound; and
* N5A in Stratford.

Quebec
* H2J, part of Montreal's plateau area, 5 votes;
* H2T, H2W and H2X, including various sections of Montreal's plateau area, 3 votes each;
* G1K, Quartier St-Roch in Quebec City, 3 votes;
* G1R, Old Quebec City and west of Old Quebec, 2 votes; and
* H2H, Montreal, east of Papineau near St-Joseph, 2 votes.

Some areas of Quebec (excluding Montreal and Quebec City) that received 1 vote include:
* G0C and G4X in the Gaspé area;
* G9A in Trois-Rivières;
* J4G, J4P and J5R in Longueuil; and
* J8Y in Hull.

New Brunswick
* E3B, near Fredericton, 1 vote.

Nova Scotia
* the rural B0J region, a coastal area east of Halifax, 2 votes;
* B3K, Halifax harbour north, 2 votes;
* the rural B0E region, part of Cape Breton Island, 1 vote; and
* B3L and B3M in Halifax, 1 vote each.

Prince Edward Island
* C0A, the eastern portion of Prince Edward Island, 2 votes; and
* C1A, central Charlottetown, 1 vote.

Newfoundland and Labrador
* A1C, St. John's harbour, 1 vote; and
* A1A, St. John's north, 1 vote.

On October 27th, Hill Strategies Research will release Artists by Neighbourhood in Canada, highlighting the concentration of artists in these and other postal regions of the country. "Canada's most creative neighbourhood" - where artists comprise the highest percentage of the local labour force - will also be unveiled.