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Ontario Arts Council Foundation Announces Winners of the 2002 Lieutenant Governorís Awards for the Arts (The Jackman-Bickell Awards)

Toronto, December 11, 2002 ó The eighth annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for the Arts (The Jackman-Bickell Awards) were awarded today to 17 arts organizations from throughout Ontario in a ceremony held at Queen's Park in Toronto. 

These esteemed Awards, which are Canada's largest monetary prizes for arts organizations, recognize Ontario-based arts organizations for demonstrating exceptional private sector and community support, while maintaining a high level of artistic excellence.  

The $300,000 awards programme is the only one of its kind in Canada.  Since its creation by the Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman in 1995 when he was Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the programme has awarded  $2,235,000 in 145 prizes to 81 different arts organizations throughout the province.

The 17 winning arts organizations recognized today by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Victoria Jackman, Executive Director of the Henry N.R. Jackman Foundation, and David Windeyer, Secretary, Management Committee, J.P. Bickell Foundation, are based in Drayton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Ottawa, and Toronto, OntarioThis year the Awards are disbursed as follows: one prize of $50,000; six prizes of $25,000; and 10 prizes of $10,000.

The Soulpepper Theatre Company is the recipient of the top prize of $50,000 for its many successful initiatives that generated private sector revenue. This is the second consecutive year that it has won the top prize and the third time in four years that it has been recognized with a Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts. 

ìI congratulate each of the recipients today who have demonstrated just what a driving force creativity is; one that can move arts organizations toward success both on and off the stage,î said The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. ìCreativity and ingenuity are key to success in every aspect of the Arts, in all areas of the province.î

ìThe 17 arts organizations that we are honoring today have shown us that institutional and artistic creativity go hand and hand,î Victoria Jackman, stated. ìToday's winners are emblematic of the thriving cultural scene in Ontario. We have success stories from the fields of music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts.  Our winners attest to the enormous wealth of artistic experience that constantly enriches our common civic culture.î 

The recipients of the 2002 Lieutenant Governor's Awards for the Arts are:  

Arts Organization:

Based In Ontario:

Award:

     

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Toronto

$50,000

Cisco Systems Bluesfest

Ottawa

$25,000

Drayton Entertainment

Drayton, Grand Bend Penetanguishene,
St. Jacobs

$25,000

The National Ballet of Canada

Toronto

$25,000

Opera Lyra Ottawa

Ottawa

$25,000

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Toronto

$25,000

Tarragon Theatre

Toronto

$25,000

The Aldeburgh Connection

Toronto

$10,000

Ballet Jˆrgen Canada

Toronto

$10,000

Canadian Art Foundation

Toronto

$10,000

Dancemakers

Toronto

$10,000

Festival 4-15, Ottawa Festival for Young Audiences

Ottawa

$10,000

The Fringe of Toronto TheatreFestival

Toronto

$10,000

The Grand Theatre

London

$10,000

Opera Atelier Toronto $10,000
Ottawa Chamber Music Society Ottawa $10,000
Theatre & Company Kitchener-Waterloo  $10,000

Henry N.R. Jackman established The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for the Arts in 1995 through a $1 million gift to the Ontario Arts Council Foundation (OACF). In 1996, the awards were increased to $300,000 thanks to two annual commitments: an additional $75,000 from  The Henry N. R. Jackman Foundation and $150,000 from the J.P. Bickell Foundation

This year, the winners were chosen by a distinguished panel consisting of Victoria Jackman, Executive Director of the Henry N. R. Jackman Foundation, David  Windeyer, Secretary, Management Committee, J.P. Bickell Foundation, Gwenlyn Setterfield, writer and former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and business executive, Nancy Lockhart

The Ontario Arts Council Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for the Arts, and administers the selection process.  Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the OACF manages funds given by individuals to support the arts, and administers the Ontario Government's $50,000,000 Arts Endowment Fund Program.  

For more information contact: Janet Stubbs, Director, OAC Foundation
Tel:
(416) 969-7413. Toll-free outside of Toronto: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7413.
E-mail:
jstubbs@arts.on.ca 
OAC Media Contact:
Kirsten Gunter, Manager of Communications
Tel: (416) 969-7403. Toll-free outside of Toronto: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403.
E-mail: kgunter@arts.on.ca

 

Canadian composers Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk have won the Louis Applebaum Composers Award for excellence in music composition for film and television.

Toronto, November 29, 2002 ó Canadian composers Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk have won the Louis Applebaum Composers Award for excellence in music composition for film and television.   

The announcement of the winners and presentation of the $10,000 Award took place at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto tonight at an event which also celebrated the publication of Walter Pitman's new book, Louis Applebaum: A Passion for Culture, published by The Dundurn Group

The Louis Applebaum Composers Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Council Foundation in 1998 to recognize excellence in music composition of any genre and for composers of any age.  The first Award, presented to Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer in 1999, was a lifetime achievement award that recognized both excellence in composition and the impact of a composer's work on society.  Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk are the second recipients of the Award, which this year recognizes excellence in film and television composition. 

Out of an outstanding group of eight nominated film composers, representing the finest Ontario-based artists working in this field, the Ontario Arts Council jury  unanimously selected the team of Alex Pauk and Alexina Louie.  ìTheir body of work is of the highest calibre and demonstrates an ability to work in all film media, with a significant degree of sophistication and originality,î stated Applebaum Award jurors, Pierre-Daniel Rheault, film/television composer; Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, Bravo!FACT/MaxFACT; and the writer, director and film-maker Jeremy Podeswa.  

Composer Alexina Louie and conductor/composer Alex Pauk are two of Canada's leading contemporary composers.  Ms. Louie is well known for her compositions for orchestras, new music ensembles, chamber groups and soloists, and Mr. Pauk as the founder and Artistic Director of Esprit Orchestra as well as a leading figure in the field of film music scoring, conducting and production.  Together they have written scores for more than 20 feature films, ìmade for televisionî dramas, documentaries, animations and performing arts films.  Their film credits include Barbara Willis Sweete's Perfect Pie (2002), Don McKellar's Last Night (1998), and Deepa Mehta's Martha, Ruth and Edie (1988), and their television scores include After the Harvest  (Sarrazin Courture Entertainment for CTV, 2001), The Story of Jimmy Valentine (Sunrise Films for HBO, 1984), Democracy on Trial – The Morgentaler Affair (National Film Board, 1984), When We First Met (Sunrise Films for HBO, 1983), and The Life and Times of Edwin Alonzo Boyd (Poundmaker Productions for CTV, 1982). 

The Ontario Arts Council Foundation (OACF) manages the endowment that funds the Louis Applebaum Composers Award.  Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the OACF manages funds given by individuals to support the arts, and administers the Ontario Government's $50 million Arts Endowment Fund Program.

Mr. Applebaum's extraordinary life, which began in April 1918 and ended in April 2000, has been wonderfully chronicled in Walter Pitman's new biography of the composer, Louis Applebaum: A Passion for Culture, (ISBN 1-55002-398-5), which was officially launched at the Louis Applebaum Composers Award presentation event Friday night.   

Published by The Dundurn Group and available in bookstores across Canada, the 400-page biography examines the ideas and evolution of this exceptional Canadian artist, composer, and administrator through a significant period of the nation's history and cultural development.

For more information contact: Janet Stubbs, Director, OAC Foundation
Tel:
(416) 969-7413. Toll-free outside of Toronto: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7413.
E-mail: jstubbs@arts.on.ca 
OAC Media Contact: Kirsten Gunter, Manager of Communications
Tel: (416) 969-7403. Toll-free outside of Toronto: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403.
E-mail: kgunter@arts.on.ca

 

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