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Gillian Gallow Awarded the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

Toronto, June 11, 2018 – Costume and set designer, Gillian Gallow is the 2018 recipient of the $20,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.  The award is given annually to professional costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel.


Indomeneus, Soulpepper 2017-2018, Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann (l to r) Kyra Harper, Michelle Monteith, Stuart Hughes, Jakob Ehman and Akosua Amo-Adem

Gillian Gallow is a Dora-Award winning set and costume designer based in Toronto. She is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Design program, and is a Betty Award, Sterling Award and Capital Critics Award nominee.

Gillian is currently designing costumes for the Canadian Opera Company’s Hadrian, Stratford’s Long Days Journey Into Night and set and costumes for Stage Kiss with the Shaw Festival.

Other design credits include Louis Riel (costumes, COC), An Octoroon (set/costumes, Shaw Festival), The Physicists and The Three Musketeers (costumes, Stratford Festival), Hirsch (set/costumes, Stratford Festival), King Lear and Stuff Happens (set & costumes, NAC), Idomeneus, The Testament of Mary and Incident at Vichy (costumes, Soulpepper), A Christmas Carol (set, RMTC), Million Dollar Quartet, Hand to God and Seminar (set & costumes, RMTC), The Road To Paradise and Night (set & costumes, Human Cargo), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, Theatre Calgary/RMTC), The Kite Runner (costumes, Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Cinderella (costumes, The Grand Theatre).

Gillian was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees. This year’s jury consisted of Robin Fisher, established set and costume designer, and 2015 Cooper laureate, Lindsay Dagger Junkin, emerging costume designer, and Alex Gilbert, educator and wardrobe supervisor. The jury was unanimous in their choice of Gillian Gallow as the 2018 laureate. They said, "We are very excited to name Gillian as the 2018 laureate. When talking about Gillian’s costume designs every statement we made included words like amazing, astounding, brilliant and dynamic. She takes time and care in the research for each project, delivering consistently thoughtful and strong work. Her renderings are exceptionally beautiful. Her characters are poignant."

Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation".  Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities.  She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design. 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award.  The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and selection process. Click here to see the full list of previous laureates.

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For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid out over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

Inaugural Indigenous Voices Awards Winners Announced

Regina, May 30, 2018 - The Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs) are thrilled to announce the winners in this year’s competition celebrating the very best in literary art by Indigenous writers. At a gala event in Regina, Saskatchewan (oskana kâ-asastêki, Treaty 4 Territory) on May 29th, the IVAs awarded $26,000 in prizes across multiple categories for published and unpublished writing in English, French, and Indigenous languages. The awards were adjudicated by a jury of renowned Indigenous writers and prominent figures from the Canadian literary world including Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Shelagh Rogers, Rodney Saint-Éloi, Gregory Scofield, Jean Sioui, and Richard Van Camp


Winners and Finalists

Most Significant Work of Prose in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
Aviaq Johnston, Those Who Run in the Sky (published by Inhabit Media http://inhabitmedia.com)

Finalists:
Carleigh Baker, Bad Endings (published by Anvil Press http://www.anvilpress.com)
Dawn Dumont, Glass Beads (published by Thistledown Press https://www.thistledownpress.com)
Joanne Robertson, The Water Walker (published by Second Story Press https://secondstorypress.ca )


Most Significant Work of Prose in French by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
J. D. Kurtness, De Vengeance (published by L’Instant Meme http://www.instantmeme.com/ebi-addins/im/Actualite.aspx)

Finalist:
Naomie Fontaine, Manikanetish (published by Memoire d’Encrier http://memoiredencrier.com)

Most Significant Work in an Alternative Format by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
Co-Winners: Mich Cota, Musical Selections, and Mika Lafond, Nipê Wânîn (published by Thistledown Press https://www.thistledownpress.com)

Finalists:
Keith Barker, This is How We Got Here (published by Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com)
Cliff Cardinal, Huff & Stitch (published by Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com)


Most Significant Work of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
Billy-Ray Belcourt, This Wound is a World (published by Frontenac House https://www.frontenachouse.com)

Finalists:
Tenille K. Campbell, #IndianLovePoems (published by Signature Editions http://www.signature-editions.com)
Joshua Whitehead, Full-Metal Indigiqueer (published by Talon Books http://talonbooks.com
)

Unpublished Poetic Piece(s) by an Emerging Indigenous Writer in English
Smokii Sumac “#haikuaday and other poems”

Finalists:
David Agecoutay “Poetic Selections”
Brandi Bird “Two Poems”
Francine Merasty “Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl”


Unpublished Poetic Piece(s) by an Emerging Indigenous Writer in French
Marie-Andrée Gill “Uashteu


Unpublished Prose Piece by an Emerging Indigenous Writer 
Elaine McArthur “Queen Bee”

Finalist:
Treena Chambers “Hair Raizing”
Nazbah Tom “The Hand Trembler”
Amanda Peters “Pejipug (Winter Arrives)”


The IVAs were established in 2017 to nurture and support Indigenous literary art in its diversity and complexity. Begun as a crowd-funded campaign seeking to raise a few thousand dollars to support emerging Indigenous writers, the IVAs have raised over $125,000 to date from over 1,500 different donors.

The Indigenous Voices Awards Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation to fund the awards. To make a donation, please visit the Ontario Arts Foundation website.

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ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Alan Walker, Executive Director,
Ontario Arts Foundation
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 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships.


Shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards announced

Toronto, May 3, 2018 – The shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today. The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books.

The 2018 winners will be chosen by two student juries from Toronto's Sprucecourt Public School. The winners will be announced during a school assembly on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SHORTLIST
This year's shortlisted authors and illustrators are a diverse, accomplished group.  They include Cherie Dimaline, winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and Deborah Ellis, whose book The Breadwinner was recently adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name.  The nominees in the Children’s Picture Book category include richly illustrated stories of adapting to change and making intergenerational connections. The books on the Young Adult / Middle Reader shortlist include stories of resilience and courage - from surviving fictional dystopias to enduring the trials of growing up. 
 

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD CATEGORY


Away
by Emil Sher
(Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books

The Heart's Song
by Gilles Tibo
(Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Irene Luxbacher(Toronto, Ont.)
North Wind Press

My Beautiful Birds
by Suzanne Del Rizzo
(Oakville, Ont.)
Pajama Press

Stolen Words
by Melanie Florence (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard (Montréal, Que.)
Second Story

Town Is by the Sea
by Joanne Schwartz (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Sydney Smith (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books


YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY

 

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe
by Heather Smith
(Waterloo, Ont.)
Penguin Teen

 

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
by Danielle Younge-Ullman
(Toronto, Ont.)
Razorbill Canada


Louis Undercover
by Fanny Britt (Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (Montréal, Que.)
Groundwood Books



The Marrow Thieves
by Cherie Dimaline (Toronto, Ont.)
DCB


Sit
by Deborah Ellis
(Simcoe, Ont.)
Groundwood Books


 

ABOUT THE RUTH AND SYLVIA SCHWARTZ CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
The two awards, of $6,000 each
are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children's literature. The winners are selected by two juries of young readers, which this year are students at Sprucecourt Public School in Toronto.  Five students in grades 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children's Picture Book Award. Five students in grades 7 and 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.


QUOTES

"The stories that young people read can have a powerful influence on how they see themselves and the world around them. The authors and illustrators on this year’s Schwartz Award shortlists have clearly taken this to heart, as their stories are crafted with outstanding skill and care. Congratulations to all the nominees – as well as to the student jurors who have a tough task ahead in choosing this year’s winners."
Peter Caldwell, Director and CEO at the Ontario Arts Council

“After more than four decades, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards continue to be a wonderful opportunity for young people to read and discuss the work of Canadian authors and illustrators. We appreciate the commitment of the Ruth Schwartz Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and this year's student juries for contributing to the ongoing success of these awards.”
Alan Walker, the Ontario Arts Foundation's Executive Director

 

LEARN MORE
The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.  Click here to see the full list.

 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council

416-969-7434 /1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

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 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017, the  OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

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