Louis Applebaum Composers Award
Canadian composer, administrator and champion of the arts, Louis Applebaum established the Louis Applebaum Composers Fund at the Foundation in 1998 to recognize excellence in composition.
Louis composed music for numerous films, including the 1951 documentary Royal Journey, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his score of the 1945 war film, The Story of G.I. Joe. A vital force in Canada's cultural life over six decades, he was Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council and Vice-President of the Canadian League of Composers. He was the first music director of the Stratford Festival and his fanfares have opened every performance since the Festival started in 1953. In 1976 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
His foresight in creating a fund to support future Canadian composers ensures that his devotion to the arts will be felt for years to come.
2016 Alice Ping Yee Ho (theatre, music theatre, dance or opera)
2014 Mychael Danna (film and television)
2011 Dean Burry (composition for young people)
2008 David Virelles (jazz)
2005 James Rolfe (theatre, music theatre, dance or opera)
2002 Alex Pauk and Alexina Louie (film and television)
1999 R. Murray Schafer (lifetime achievement)
Alice Ping Yee Ho, winner of the 2016 Louis Applebaum Composers Award
(Photo by Bo Huang)
Composer Alice Ping Yee Ho Wins the Louis Applebaum Composers Award Nov 8, 2016
Leafs Dreams Arts Scholarship Recipient
From 2003 - 2011, the Ontario Arts Foundation partnered with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) on the Leafs Dreams Arts Scholarship Program. The Program provided scholarships in the arts to students who have a special ability in the arts, but not the resources to pursue that interest.