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2017 Wuchien Michael Than Fund Grants Announced

Toronto, September 13, 2017 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund.  This year's grants are being given to help fund productions by artists including Jivesh Parasram, Jeff Ho, Jovanni Sy, Sarena Parmar and Bilal Baig.

Production Grants
Take d Milk, Nah? by Jivesh Parasram
Pandemic Theatre and bcurrent performing arts

trace by Jeff Ho
Factory Theatre

Nine Dragons by Jovanni Sy
Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

The Orchard by Sarena Parmar
Shaw Festival

Acha Bacha by Bilal Baig
Theatre Passe Muraille

Development Grants
Knife by Aaron Jan
Factory Theatre

The Ones We Leave Behind by Loretta Seto
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Production and Phase Two Development Grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund are available for the development of new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights which are either in production for the current season or in the pre-production phase and projected to be ready for full public productions within one or two seasons.

Phase One Development Grant applications can be made at any time. Visit the Wuchien Michael Than website for details.

The Wuchien Michael Than Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by Michael Than in 2012 and launched in 2013 to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with a particular emphasis on new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights, and the development of emerging talent in the Asian-Canadian theatre community.

List of Past Grant Recipients

For more information, please contact :
Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel:  (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid out over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation was established to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with particular emphasis on the creation, development and production of new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights .

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Jordanne Brown is Awarded the Tim Sims Encouargement Award

Toronto, September 6, 2017 - Jordanne Brown of Toronto is the 2017 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award. The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career. Jordanne Brown was selected for the award by the faculty of Humber College’s Comedy: Writing and Performance program, and was presented the award Tuesday night at the Humber Comedy Program’s Alumni Show at Yuk Yuk’s.

Jordanne Brown is a comedic writer and performer, and the 2017 recipient of Humber College’s Eugene Levy Award for Comedy Writing. Jordanne is the host of a monthly show “Sorry I’m Late Night”, and the newest member of Boys Club, a comedy collective. She performs stand-up, sketch and improv around the city.

“I am truly humbled to receive the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund, and excited to put the money towards producing shows and videos, and continuing on this crazy comedy journey."

Tim Sims Encouragement Fund

The Tim Sims Encouragement Award was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City. Beginning in 2015, the $2,500 award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

List of Past Winners

For Further Information
Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel:  (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term financial support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships to artists and arts organizations across the province.

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Composer Matthew Van Driel is Awarded the 2017 Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks

Toronto, May 24, 2017 - The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation are delighted to announce Matthew Van Driel is the 2017 recipient of the Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks.   


Matthew Van Driel
 

Matthew Van Driel is a Canadian composer, orchestrator, arranger and conductor. As a film composer, he has written scores for numerous short films from countries worldwide including Canada, the USA, Vietnam and India. He has also been composing and arranging chamber and concert works which have had premiers in both Canada and Hong Kong.

"As an emerging composer, using live musicians in a scoring session can seem like a distant dream,” said Matthew Van Driel. “As this year’s recipient of the Christopher Dedrick Award, I'm tremendously enthusiastic to have the opportunity to do so. I thank the Screen Composers Guild of Canada for facilitating this

award. I couldn't be more excited to apply it in one of my future scores. I always aspire to accentuate the director's vision to the best of my abilities, and through this fund, I know that I will.”

The Christopher Dedrick Award was established in memory of Christopher Dedrick, an award-winning screen composer and past-president of the SCGC, to encourage and support the hiring and use of live musicians in the production of media music soundtracks. This annual cash prize of $1,200 is awarded to a SCGC professional member in good standing, and is adjudicated by a Selection Committee comprised of SCGC peers. The Award is administered by the SCGC on behalf of the Ontario Arts Foundation.


For information, please contact:
 

Tonya Dedrick, Managing Director
Screen Composers Guild of Canada
Tel: (416) 410-5076
tkdedrick@screencomposers.ca

Alan Walker, Executive Director
Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) is a a trade association certified under the Canadian Federal Status of the Artist Act, and represents all professional Anglophone composers and music producers for film, television , video games, mobile and all other screen media.  The SCGC promotes the status and rights of screen composers through professional development, sharing information, advocacy on issues such as creator’s rights and the value of screen music.  The SCGC is a member of the Music Creators Canadian and North American Alliances. 

About Christopher Dedrick
Chris Dedrick was a music producer, arranger, and a classical and soundtrack composer. He worked with directors Guy Maddin and Don McKellar, winning a Genie Award for Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World. In 1997 Dedrick won a Gemini Award for his work on the television series Road to Avonlea. Chris was nominated a total of 16 times for Gemini awards, winning a total of four, the others for Million Dollar Babies, Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast and The Great Canadian Polar Bear Adventure.

Full Biography
www.chrisdedrick.com

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