The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Heraldry Today

The contents of this Register are intended for research purposes only. The heraldic emblems found in the Register may not be reproduced in any form or in any media without the written consent of the Canadian Heraldic Authority and/or the recipient.

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Supporters
September 20, 2007
Vol. V, p. 175

Arms of The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

[ previous page ]

Blazon

Arms

Azure a Viking longship affronty rayonnant Or;

Crest

An open book Argent bound Azure surmounting five paint brushes Or;

Supporters

Dexter the figure of Athena, sinister the figure of Apollo, both standing on a rocky mount proper;

Motto

OTIUM CUM DIGNITATE;


Symbolism

Arms

The design is based on the Club’s longstanding emblem, designed by the artist J.E.H. MacDonald. The ship symbolizes creative and intellectual exploration, and the sun’s rays refer to the illuminating role of art and literature.

Crest

The brushes and the book summarize the idea of arts and letters. The position of the brushes gives an impression of sunrise, indicating intellectual inspiration. The five brushes indicate the five disciplines (literature, architecture, music, painting, and sculpture) represented at the Club.

Supporters

In Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom and a skilled artisan, and Apollo was the god of art and music. The supporters also represent the foundational role of classical culture and the men and women who make up the Club. The compartment alludes to the rocky terrain of Algoma in tribute to the work done by the painters of the Group of Seven, for whom the Club was home in Toronto. This indicates that the creative work fostered by the Club takes place far and wide.

Motto

Meaning “leisure with dignity”, this has long been used as the motto of the Club. It was devised by Cicero in his works De Oratore and Ad Familiares.