OAF News

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

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 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

Alan Walker, Executive Director
Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


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

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The Fan Brothers and Wesley King honoured with 2017 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Burlington, May 19, 2017 – The 2017 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today at Burlington’s Frontenac Public School. The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from the school – a jury of grade 3 and 4 students selected the recipients of the Children’s Picture Book Award, and a jury of grade 7 and 8 students selected the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award. Each student read the books individually and then worked together with their group to reach consensus and decide on a winner. This process makes it a unique literary award in Canada.

Winner of the Children's Picture Book Award Category


The Night Gardener
by the Fan Brothers (Toronto, Ont.)
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers


The Night Gardener is a very hopeful story,” said student jurors in grades 3 and 4. “At first it is a little scary, then just mysterious. But by the end, the drawings get more colourful, the people get happier, and a community develops.” One juror noted that “the detail in the drawings helped to tell the story,” adding, “I loved the birds sitting on the bird tree and the cats sitting on the cat tree!”

"We are extremely honoured and humbled to receive the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award," said authors/illustrators Eric and Terry Fan. "Awards like this are personally the most gratifying for us, knowing that young readers responded to our book in such a positive way."

About the Authors/Illustrators

  • Eric and Terry Fan both studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design. The Night Gardener is their first book together.
  • They were also named as finalists for the 2017 Schwartz Children’s Book Awards for illustrating The Darkest Dark, by writer and former astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category


by Wesley King (Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.)
Paula Wiseman Books


As one of the student jurors in grades 7 and 8 summed it up, “This book was my favourite. I could not put it down.” The jurors said that they “really felt for Daniel as he struggled with the unknown,” and that the book “helped [them] understand Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).” They recommend this book “to help raise awareness of OCD, and to show people that they don’t have to face it alone.”

“Winning this award is particularly meaningful because it recognizes a story that I am truly passionate about, and because it is a reflection of my favourite critics – young readers," said author Wesley King. "I am also thrilled that OCDaniel continues to be read and used to help understand people around us.”

About the Author 

  • Wesley King has written four novels for young adults, including The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! and The Vindico.
  • He is a first-time nominee and laureate of the Schwartz Children’s Book Awards.


About the Awards 

  • Two awards of $6,000 each are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.
  • This year’s selection committee comprised Dory Cerny (Books for Young People editor and reviewer, Quill & Quire, Toronto), Susan Chamberlain (owner, The Book Keeper, Sarnia) and Laura Murray (children’s librarian, Peterborough Public Library).


Learn More 

  • The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters.
  • The Ontario Arts Foundation administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.
  • See the full details on the award and the list of previous laureates.


Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434/1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca


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 2015-2016, the OAF paid $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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