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Ontario Arts Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

Toronto – November 16, 2016 – The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors: Greg Sorbara, Sean White and John Wilkinson. The Board is responsible for the oversight of the management of the Foundation’s investment portfolio and provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to promote long-term support for the arts in Ontario.

 

Greg Sorbara

Greg Sorbara is a Principal of Sorbara Group of Companies, and served as a Member of Provincial Parliament in the Ontario Legislature for 21 years holding numerous cabinet positions.  Greg was appointed Chancellor at York University in June 2014, and is the Chair of Mackenzie Health Foundation Campaign Cabinet and sits on the Board of Luminato Festival.

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Sean White

Sean White is a director of wealth management and the branch manager of the ScotiaMcLeod Windsor Office. For almost a decade, Mr. White served in various roles on the board of the Art Gallery of Windsor, and has served as a member and chair of the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation finance committee.  He currently is a member of the board of the Ontario Arts Council.

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John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson, of Stratford, is the Senior Vice President, Sustainability for GreenField. He served as an Ontario MPP for eight years and was called to  Cabinet, serving as Minister for three different  portfolios.  John has been active in fundraising initiatives for the Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment and the Performing Artists Lodge (PAL) Stratford.   John is the current Board Chair of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation‎.   He is also a graduate of Western University's Faculty of Music.

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“It is my pleasure to welcome Greg, Sean and John to the Board of Directors,” says Anthony Graham, Board Chair. “Each of them brings deep community knowledge, a passion for arts philanthropy and the desire to help the Foundation meet the growing financial needs of the arts in Ontario.”

The Ontario Arts Foundation is represented by a committed volunteer Board of Directors of arts philanthropists, including:

Anthony R. Graham (Chair), John D. McKellar CM QC (Vice-Chair), Timothy R. Price (Treasurer),  Kevin Garland, Judith Gelber, Gaelen Morphet, James Pitblado CM, Donald M. Ross OC, Katherine L. Smalley, Greg Sorbara, Sean White, John Wilkinson.

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For information, please contact:

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

 

 

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

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Cameron LaPrairie Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, November 9, 2016 - Cameron LaPrairie is the 2016 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award, awarded to a Conservatory Program graduate at the Second City Training Program.  Cameron was presented the award Saturday, November 5th at Second City's "A Year in Revue - Conservatory Showcase".  The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career.

 
Cameron LaPrairie
 

Cameron LaPrairie has been performing improv and sketch comedy in Toronto since 2012. He has worked with a variety of troupes, performing in Toronto Sketchfest, Montreal Fringe and more.  A graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program and the Longform Program, he and his alumni team Grim Diesel have performed in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York City.

"I am honoured and humbled to have received the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award," said Cameron LaPrairie.  “I am excited to put the money towards producing both live improv and sketch comedy shows, as well as video projects."

“We are so proud to award the 2016 Tim Sims Encouragement award to Cameron LaPrairie,” said Kevin Frank, Artistic Director, Second City Training

& Education Program.  “Cameron has been an active student of the Second City Training Centre for the past four years as well as a regular performer on the Toronto comedy scene. He is truly a gifted emerging talent. “

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund 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

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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 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

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Composer Alice Ping Yee Ho Wins the 2016 Louis Applebaum Composers Award

Toronto, November 8, 2016 - Composer Alice Ping Yee Ho is the 2016 recipient of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award. This year’s $10,000 award recognizes excellence in a body of work by an artist in the field of music composition for theatre, music theatre, dance or opera, and will be presented at Toronto Masque Theatre’s Apollo and Daphne concert at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on Friday, November 18th.

 
Alice Ping Yee Ho (Photo by Bo Huang)
      

One of the most acclaimed composers writing in Canada today, Hong Kong-born Alice Ping Yee Ho is a composer who has written in many musical genres and received numerous national and international awards, including the 2014 Prince Edward Island Symphony Composers Competition, 2014 Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Friendship Orchestral Composition Competition, 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award “Outstanding Original Opera” for her opera Lesson of Da Ji, 2013 Boston Metro Opera International

 

Composition Competition, and 2000 K.M. Hunter Artist Award. 

Often featured at national and international new music festivals, (such as ISCM World Music Days, Ottawa Chamberfest, Denmark’s CRUSH New Music Festival, and Asian Music Week in Japan) her works have also been performed by many major ensembles and soloists including the China National Symphony, Polish Radio Choir, Finnish Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Victoria, and Windsor Symphonies, Amsterdam’s Neuw Ensemble, Penderecki String Quartet,  and Toronto’s New Music Concerts.

Ms. Ho holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition with high distinction from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto.

     

 Listen to:
“Cothurnus” composed by Alice Ho for flute, cello and piano (Nov, 2015) by Trinitas Chamber Ensemble

Ms. Ho was selected by a jury comprising Marie-Josée Chartier, choreographer and director (Toronto, ON); Victor Davies, composer (Toronto, ON), and William Shookhoff, director (Toronto, ON).  The jury members stated that, “Alice Ping Yee Ho is a fresh and individual voice which blends and juxtaposes Eastern and Western forms.  She creates a strong musical connection that bridges cultural communities, and exposes audiences to new sounds and ideas.  Ms. Ho’s approach shows a deep understanding of the important relationship between the stage and audience.” 

The Louis Applebaum Composers Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation in 1998 by Louis Applebaum to recognize excellence in music composition of any genre.  Canadian composer Louis Applebaum devoted his life to the cultural awakening of Canada, and this magnificent obsession drove him to become a founder of the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre. He was an instrumental figure in the early development of the National Film Board, the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre.  The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award.  The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and selection process. 

Previous recipients of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award include: Mychael Danna (film and television), Dean Burry (composition for young people)  David Virelles (jazz), James Rolfe (theatre, music theatre, dance or opera),  Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk (film and television), and  R. Murray Schafer (lifetime achievement). 

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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 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 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 2015-2016 the  OAC funded 1,676 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.5 million.

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