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
Wuchien Michael Than
Persistence and Passion: A Donor's Story
The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation Fund was established by Michael Than in partnership with the Ontario Arts Foundation in 2013. Funding began in 2013 and contributions continue to grow the fund and support a granting program. Michael Than created the Fund to help create opportunities for the creation, development of Asian-Canadian theatre and to develop new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights.