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Inaugural Indigenous Voices Awards Winners Announced

Regina, May 30, 2018 - The Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs) are thrilled to announce the winners in this year’s competition celebrating the very best in literary art by Indigenous writers. At a gala event in Regina, Saskatchewan (oskana kâ-asastêki, Treaty 4 Territory) on May 29th, the IVAs awarded $26,000 in prizes across multiple categories for published and unpublished writing in English, French, and Indigenous languages. The awards were adjudicated by a jury of renowned Indigenous writers and prominent figures from the Canadian literary world including Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Shelagh Rogers, Rodney Saint-Éloi, Gregory Scofield, Jean Sioui, and Richard Van Camp


Winners and Finalists

Most Significant Work of Prose in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
Aviaq Johnston, Those Who Run in the Sky (published by Inhabit Media http://inhabitmedia.com)

Finalists:
Carleigh Baker, Bad Endings (published by Anvil Press http://www.anvilpress.com)
Dawn Dumont, Glass Beads (published by Thistledown Press https://www.thistledownpress.com)
Joanne Robertson, The Water Walker (published by Second Story Press https://secondstorypress.ca )


Most Significant Work of Prose in French by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
J. D. Kurtness, De Vengeance (published by L’Instant Meme http://www.instantmeme.com/ebi-addins/im/Actualite.aspx)

Finalist:
Naomie Fontaine, Manikanetish (published by Memoire d’Encrier http://memoiredencrier.com)

Most Significant Work in an Alternative Format by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
Co-Winners: Mich Cota, Musical Selections, and Mika Lafond, Nipê Wânîn (published by Thistledown Press https://www.thistledownpress.com)

Finalists:
Keith Barker, This is How We Got Here (published by Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com)
Cliff Cardinal, Huff & Stitch (published by Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com)


Most Significant Work of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
Billy-Ray Belcourt, This Wound is a World (published by Frontenac House https://www.frontenachouse.com)

Finalists:
Tenille K. Campbell, #IndianLovePoems (published by Signature Editions http://www.signature-editions.com)
Joshua Whitehead, Full-Metal Indigiqueer (published by Talon Books http://talonbooks.com
)

Unpublished Poetic Piece(s) by an Emerging Indigenous Writer in English
Smokii Sumac “#haikuaday and other poems”

Finalists:
David Agecoutay “Poetic Selections”
Brandi Bird “Two Poems”
Francine Merasty “Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl”


Unpublished Poetic Piece(s) by an Emerging Indigenous Writer in French
Marie-Andrée Gill “Uashteu


Unpublished Prose Piece by an Emerging Indigenous Writer 
Elaine McArthur “Queen Bee”

Finalist:
Treena Chambers “Hair Raizing”
Nazbah Tom “The Hand Trembler”
Amanda Peters “Pejipug (Winter Arrives)”


The IVAs were established in 2017 to nurture and support Indigenous literary art in its diversity and complexity. Begun as a crowd-funded campaign seeking to raise a few thousand dollars to support emerging Indigenous writers, the IVAs have raised over $125,000 to date from over 1,500 different donors.

The Indigenous Voices Awards Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation to fund the awards. To make a donation, please visit the Ontario Arts Foundation website.

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ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
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 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships.


Shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards announced

Toronto, May 3, 2018 – The shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today. The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books.

The 2018 winners will be chosen by two student juries from Toronto's Sprucecourt Public School. The winners will be announced during a school assembly on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SHORTLIST
This year's shortlisted authors and illustrators are a diverse, accomplished group.  They include Cherie Dimaline, winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and Deborah Ellis, whose book The Breadwinner was recently adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name.  The nominees in the Children’s Picture Book category include richly illustrated stories of adapting to change and making intergenerational connections. The books on the Young Adult / Middle Reader shortlist include stories of resilience and courage - from surviving fictional dystopias to enduring the trials of growing up. 
 

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD CATEGORY


Away
by Emil Sher
(Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books

The Heart's Song
by Gilles Tibo
(Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Irene Luxbacher(Toronto, Ont.)
North Wind Press

My Beautiful Birds
by Suzanne Del Rizzo
(Oakville, Ont.)
Pajama Press

Stolen Words
by Melanie Florence (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard (Montréal, Que.)
Second Story

Town Is by the Sea
by Joanne Schwartz (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Sydney Smith (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books


YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY

 

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe
by Heather Smith
(Waterloo, Ont.)
Penguin Teen

 

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
by Danielle Younge-Ullman
(Toronto, Ont.)
Razorbill Canada


Louis Undercover
by Fanny Britt (Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (Montréal, Que.)
Groundwood Books



The Marrow Thieves
by Cherie Dimaline (Toronto, Ont.)
DCB


Sit
by Deborah Ellis
(Simcoe, Ont.)
Groundwood Books


 

ABOUT THE RUTH AND SYLVIA SCHWARTZ CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
The two awards, of $6,000 each
are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children's literature. The winners are selected by two juries of young readers, which this year are students at Sprucecourt Public School in Toronto.  Five students in grades 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children's Picture Book Award. Five students in grades 7 and 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.


QUOTES

"The stories that young people read can have a powerful influence on how they see themselves and the world around them. The authors and illustrators on this year’s Schwartz Award shortlists have clearly taken this to heart, as their stories are crafted with outstanding skill and care. Congratulations to all the nominees – as well as to the student jurors who have a tough task ahead in choosing this year’s winners."
Peter Caldwell, Director and CEO at the Ontario Arts Council

“After more than four decades, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards continue to be a wonderful opportunity for young people to read and discuss the work of Canadian authors and illustrators. We appreciate the commitment of the Ruth Schwartz Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and this year's student juries for contributing to the ongoing success of these awards.”
Alan Walker, the Ontario Arts Foundation's Executive Director

 

LEARN MORE
The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.  Click here to see the full list.

 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council

416-969-7434 /1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
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 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 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 2016-2017, the  OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

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2018 Winners of the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards Announced

Toronto, ON, May 1, 2018 – Ross and Ann Stuart, along with Managing Director Autumn Smith, are pleased to announce the inaugural winners of the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards.

Award recipients were selected by a jury of theatre professionals including: Ross and Ann Stuart, Autumn Smith, Joanna Falck, Doug Floyd, Gil Garratt and Rona Waddington. Each winner receives a $2,000 prize plus dramaturgical support and mentorship from the Tarragon Theatre, Blyth Festival and Hart House.

List of Winners

Bessie Cheng: Upon completing her degree in Devised Theatre and Playwriting from York University, Ms. Cheng has worked with the Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre Company, Summerworks Festival/AMY Project and performed at Next Stage Theatre Festival where her piece Silk Bath played to sold out houses and critical acclaim.





Sophia Fabiilli: Ms. Fabiilli sets herself apart by penning comedy and has had numerous successes with this genre, including winning the prestigious Second City Award for Outstanding Comedy for her production of The Philanderess at The Toronto Fringe, 2015. Ms Fabilli's second play Liars at a Funeral premiered in Toronto last year.





Chelsea Woolley: Ms. Woolley is a recent graduate of the Playwriting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Her plays have been performed in Montreal (Geordie Productions), Alberta (Theatre BSMT) and in Washington (National New Play Center's 2017 MFA Playwright’s Workshop at the Kennedy Center.) Ms. Woolley currently has several new works in development and is most recently has designed and facilitated a teen writer's program at Red Door Family Shelter providing teens with a space to cultivate their artistic voices.



The winners will work throughout the next 8 months to create a draft version of their work for presentation next December. At that time, one winner will be selected to win $7,500 and have a mounted workshop of their piece performed at the Tarragon in May 2019.

The following five young writers were also selected to receive dramaturgical support and a cash prize of $500: Caitie Graham, Charles Manzo, Robert Motum, Ankita Kumar Ratta and Hannah Rittner.


About the Award

The award was created to celebrate the too short life of Ellen Stuart (Nel) by awarding opportunity to young playwrights. By Opening Doors we hope that not only will the winners be able to fund their writing time, but also take advantage of key mentorship possibilities.

The Ellen Ross Stuart Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation to fund the awards.  To make a donation, please visit the Ontario Arts Foundation website.

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For more information about the award and the application process contact:
Autumn Smith,  Managing Director
openingdoorsaward@gmail.com

416-471-8930

For more information about the Ontario Arts Foundation:
Alan Walker, Executive Director
awalker@arts.on.ca
416-969-7413


Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships."

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