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YAO Receives the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award

Toronto, January 15, 2018 – Yaovi Hoyi (YAO) is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award. The award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

Based in Ottawa, YAO is a Franco-Ontarian artist of Togolese descent, born in the Ivory Coast, who succeeds in differentiating himself through a soft blend of spoken words, soul, pop and funk, thus bringing a new flavour to French urban music.

Since 2009, Yao has been giving writing workshops in schools across the province and country, working with students from Grade 5 to Grade 12. He also takes part in “Jamais Trop Tôt”, a program stemming from a collaboration between le Réseau national des Galas de la chanson (RNGC), le Festival international de la chanson de Granby (FICG) and more than forty collaborators across Canada. Through this program, Canadian Francophone students aged 14 to 17 are invited to compose lyrics for a song with the assistance of a professional artist.

YAO is an avid promoter of cultural diversity and the pursuit of knowledge. He is a troubadour spreading the values and ideals of courtly society, seeking simply to gain freedom through culture, especially literature and music.

YAO was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees. This year’s jury consisted of Elizabeth Buset, artist educator, visual arts (Thunder Bay), Katia Café-Fébrissy, artist educator, media artist, literary artist (Toronto), and Rhonda Doxtator, artist educator and dancer (Ottawa). The jury was unanimous in their choice and stated, “Yaovi Hoyi is a tremendously experienced artist and educator who has clearly identified his role in the community and how he can contribute. Having been inspired by his own experience with educators, YAO validates his learners’ work, encourages self-expression and exposes them to life-changing opportunities. His passion and love for arts education are crystal clear and result in meaningful, life-long impact on the learners.”

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator Award. The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and the adjudication process for the award. OAC juries nominate artists from the list of applicants to the current year’s Artists in Communities and Schools and Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools programs. Previous recipients include Jamaal Rogers and Lorrie Gallant.

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 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 over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 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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Composer Frank Horvat is awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award

Toronto, November 15, 2017- Frank Horvat is the recipient of the inaugural $5,000 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. The award recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers.  This award is in support of Horvat’s new work commissioned by Protection International, a human rights NGO, and inspired by the impactful environmental photo essay by Luke Duggleby entitled For Those Who Died Trying.


(photography by Anita Zvonar)

Born in Ottawa, now residing in Toronto, Frank Horvat is an accomplished multi-genre composer and pianist who has made the tricky musical leap that allows him to pursue a niche of his own. Whether he writes for his band, the concert stage or film/TV, his music is both aggressive and introspective telling deeply personal stories while permitting audiences to ponder their own. He ignores boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art. His compositions have a driving minimalism and a haunting reflection and are most often based on social injustices or the wondrousness of life, love and longing.

A graduate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frank is also very active within the field of music education. Along with maintaining a private teaching studio working with piano, theory, and composition students, Frank regularly conducts workshops and master classes, adjudicates festivals, and authors articles on music education. Frank is past President of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and Lakeshore Arts. From 1999 to 2011, Frank was a member of the RCM College of Theory Examiners. Frank is currently an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre and member of the Canadian League of Composers.

With a manic drive to create, his discography is continuously growing and his compositions have been premiered on four continents and featured on radio and TV networks internationally. His portfolio of works consists of chamber, pop/rock, electronic, musical theatre, film, and large ensemble pieces.

diskriminatsiya – from Frank Horvat’s latest album, The Current Agenda
with flutists, Christopher Lee and Vincenzo Volpe

Frank was selected by a jury consisting of Patricia Cano (Sudbury), Spy Dénommé-Welch (Hamilton), Yaovi Hoyi (Ottawa), Vandana Vishwas (Mississauga), and Alyssa Wright (Barrie). The jury was enthusiastic and unanimous in their choice of Frank Horvat for the inaugural Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. They said, “Frank’s depth of commitment to social justice is matched by his inspiring compositions. We are moved by the sensitivity and integrity of his work. This passionate and heartfelt music carries an emotional message to the audience.”

The Kathleen McMorrow Music Award was established in 2015. Kathleen McMorrow headed the Music Library at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1974 to 2013. She established the award to recognize and encourage the composition and presentation of Canadian contemporary classical music. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the nomination and adjudication process.

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 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 over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 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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Artist Rosalie Favell Receives Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award

Toronto, October 19, 2017- Rosalie Favell is the 2017 recipient of the $30,000 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of art photography, and was presented today at OCADU and the Art Gallery of Ontario's conference Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other where Favell is a featured speaker.

Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary aboriginal woman.

Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, the US, Edinburgh, Scotland, Paris, France and Taipei, Taiwan. Numerous institutions have acquired her artwork including: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), and Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning, New York). She has received numerous grants, and won prestigious awards such as the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunten Award and the Karsh Award.

A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Rosalie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level. She has worked with grassroots organizations in Winnipeg, Inuit educational groups in Ottawa and Nepalese women’s groups in Katmandu. In Ottawa Rosalie has taught at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Discovery University.

Favell was selected by a jury comprising Lise Beaudry, photographer (Toronto, ON); Scott Benesiinaabandan, photographer (Montreal, QC), and Michelle Jacques curator (Victoria, BC). The jury was unanimous in their praise of Favell, stating “Rosalie creates compelling and beautiful works of art. She offers counter-stories that write Indigenous peoples into visual culture – perhaps in reaction to their absence in mainstream culture. Rosalie’s strength is evident in her generousity towards her students and community, which has created an important impact on the next generation of artists.”

The Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by the late Norman Walford, former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and the late Paul de Hueck, former CBC television production manager.  The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the nomination and selection process. 

Previous award winners include Jeff Wall (2000), Raymonde April (2005), Larry Towell (2011) and Moyra Davey (2015).

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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 over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 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.

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

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