In 2019, Gary Franks won “Best Analog Photograph” at SPAO’s A+ Exhibition; he was awarded the Project X Photography fund through the Ottawa Arts Council; and he was a finalist for the 2019 Figureworks Art Prize. Most recently, the City of Ottawa acquired a selection of Gary’s photographic works for their public art collection. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa with a minor in Music, and he is a 15 year contributor to Ottawa’s vibrant independent music community. He has performed across Canada, with appearances at Pop Montreal, OXW, NXNE, and Bluesfest. Throughout all his artistic ventures, Gary’s focus continues to be on community building within Ottawa and maximizing collaboration between its diverse disciplines and creators.