The 35th annual Contessa Awards were held on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.
With nearly 1,000 people in attendance, the gala was co-hosted by Bill Rowley and Palma N’Sheluvzit, and featured the highly anticipated announcement of the winners of the photo-based competition’s 25 award categories.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the night also featured a cocktail reception, an after-party (sponsored by Matrix and Redken) as well as a show-stopping runway show by Sebastian international artist Omar Antonio for Wella Company and a special show-opener in honour of Jon Paul Holt by award-winning and renowned hairstylists and beauty pros Anna Pacitto, Norm Wright, Edwin Johnston, Martin Hillier, Tony Ricci, Marlo Steenman, Tara-Lynn Fournier, Myles Laphen, Marika D’Auteuil and Ekaterina Ulyanoff.
Congratulations to all winners! Special shout-outs to Francis Bouchard, who won two of the night’s awards for Collaboration and Quebec Hairstylist, and Elite Master Hairstylist winner, Michelle Pargee, who earned her 12th award.
Click here to see all winners’ and finalists’ collections.
Nicole Pede, InStyle Salon & Spa, Aylmer, Ont.
Canadian Salon Team
Salon Pure, Montreal, Que.
Erin Fernandes, Bon Bon Salon, London, Ont.
Elite Master Hairstylist
Michelle Pargee, Independent, Sechelt, B.C.
Tina Casciato, Renaissance Salon & Estetica, St. Catharines, Ont.
Danilo Giangreco, Danilo Hair Boutique, London, U.K.
Avant Garde Hairstylist
Mamak Tabatabaei, Red Carpet Hair Salon, Toronto, Ont.
Heidi Kenney, Francis Bouchard & Derrick Rutherford
Sayyeda Mulla, Xtophers Salons, Vancouver, B.C.
Sharday Walker, Hairology Studio, Winnipeg, Man.
Marilyn Vendittelli, Industry Hair and Esthetics, St. Catharines, Ont.
Martin Menard, Salon La Loge, Quebec, Que.
Janet Jackson, JouJou Hair Studio, Etobicoke, Ont.
Lukas Press, Lukas Press Hair Studio, Toronto
British Columbia Hairstylist
Jag Moussa, JagHed Couture, Victoria
Breanne Gershon, Glam Breanne, Calgary
Tanja Unrau, Hairology Studio, Winnipeg, Man.
Jenny Bell, Headlines Salon, Stouffville
Francis Bouchard, Salon Sans Bon Sens, Montreal
Chelsea Sutherland, Chelsea Laine Salon and Colour Bar, New Glasgow, N.S.
Canadian Nail Artist
Angelica Francia, Nail Fix in the 6ix, Toronto, Ont.
Marika D’Auteuil, Marika D’Auteuil, Montreal, Que.
Salon Interior Design
Salon Olivine, Lethbridge, Alta.
The John Steinberg Award for Community Service
Aveda Institute Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Man.
Suzanne Maurice, Changing of the Garnet, Orillia, Ont.
Photo: Hair: Contessa 2024 Winner, Canadian Hairstylist, Nicole Pede, InStyle Salon & Spa, Aylmer, Ont., Makeup & Nails: Jessica Benner, Wardrobe: Nicole Pede, Photo: Paula Tizzard