Steph Copeland, a classically trained vocalist, is a composer for feature films (Antisocial 1 and 2, Let Her Out, Bed of The Dead, Ejecta, Bite) as well as commercials (PanAm Games and BOSE). Copeland also writes for popular and electro/pop artists as well as writing and producing her own material, including her debut album "Public Panic" in 2015.
The use of live musicians in Copeland’s compositions for the upcoming film “I’ll Take Your Dead” (2018 Black Fawn Films/Breakthrough Entertainment) were made possible with the assistance of the Christopher Dedrick Music Fund.
"As a composer of independent Canadian films, it is often difficult to work with live musicians due to budget constraints. The Christopher Dedrick Music Fund allowed me to work with violinist Brigit O'Regan which elevated the score beyond my expectations," said Steph Copeland. "Thanks to awards like these, composers and musicians have a chance to reach our artistic goals and higher production standards on an indie budget. Thank you so much to the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Ontario Arts Foundation."
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 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.
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The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.
The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) is 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, Shipwreckon the Skeleton Coast and The Great Canadian Polar Bear Adventure.
Melanie Florence, Gabrielle Grimard and Heather T. Smith honoured with 2018 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards
Toronto, June 20, 2018 – The 2018 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awardswere announced today at Toronto’sSprucecourt Public School. The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from the school – a jury of grade 3 and 4 studentsselected the recipients of the Children’s Picture Book Award, and a jury of grade 8 studentsselected 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
Stolen Words by Melanie Florence (Toronto, Ont.) illustrations by Gabrielle Gimard (Montréal, Que.) Second Story Press
“This book tells a difficult story, but in a way that young people can understand,” said student jurors in grades 3 and 4. “It has a good balance of sad and happy parts, with beautiful illustrations that show the characters’ feelings. It reminds us that children can help adults and bring hope for the future.”
“It’s an incredible honour to win the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, a prize with so many notable past winners,” said authorMelanie Florence. “It’s particularly humbling to have been selected by a jury of students from Sprucecourt Public School, from such a distinguished list of nominees. I’m grateful beyond words.”
“I want to thank Melanie Florence for writing such a beautiful story – it brought tears to my eyes the first time I read it,” said illustrator Gabrielle Grimard. “And thank you to the students of Sprucecourt Public School – this award has a special place in my heart because you are the ones for whom I create these illustrations.”
About the Author
Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage. She has also written several young adult novels, including He Who Dreams and The Missing.
She is a first-time nominee and laureate of the Schwartz Children's Book Awards.
About the Illustrator
Gabrielle Grimard has been illustrating books for young readers since 2001, and has contributed to more than 50 books to date.
She is a first-time nominee and laureate of the Schwartz Children's Book Awards.
Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category
The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith (Waterloo, Ont.) Penguin Teen
Student jurors in grades 7 and 8 loved the book's personalities - as one juror declared, “Bun and Busker Boy are my favourite characters of all time!” Praising the protagonist as “one-of-a-kind,” the jurors also appreciated how close they felt to Bun, and how well they could feel all of her emotions. And as one student admitted, “I stayed up way too late because I couldn’t put this book down!”
“Simply put, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards are special,” said authorHeather T. Smith. “Not only do they honour two remarkable women, they are juried by young people which makes it all the more meaningful. Having my book chosen by the readers themselves is an incredible honour – one that I won’t soon forget.”
About the Author
Heather T. Smith's East Coast roots inspire much of her writing - including The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, her second novel for young adults.
She 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 Heather Kuiper(owner, Ella Minnow Children's Bookstore, Toronto), Ben Robinson(Children and Teen Librarian, Guelph Public Library) and Kristin Fowkes(teacher-librarian, Frontenac Public School, Burlington).
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.
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Gillian Gallow Awarded the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design
Toronto, June 11, 2018 – Costume and set designer, Gillian Gallowis the 2018 recipient of the $20,000Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. The award is given annually to professional costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel.
Indomeneus, Soulpepper 2017-2018, Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann
(l to r) Kyra Harper, Michelle Monteith, Stuart Hughes, Jakob Ehman and Akosua Amo-Adem
Gillian Gallow is a Dora-Award winning set and costume designer based in Toronto. She is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Design program, and is a Betty Award, Sterling Award and Capital Critics Award nominee.
Gillian is currently designing costumes for the Canadian Opera Company’s Hadrian, Stratford’s Long Days Journey Into Night and set and costumes for Stage Kiss with the Shaw Festival.
Other design credits include Louis Riel (costumes, COC), An Octoroon (set/costumes, Shaw Festival), The Physicists and The Three Musketeers (costumes, Stratford Festival), Hirsch (set/costumes, Stratford Festival), King Lear and Stuff Happens (set & costumes, NAC), Idomeneus, The Testament of Mary and Incident at Vichy (costumes, Soulpepper), A Christmas Carol (set, RMTC), Million Dollar Quartet, Hand to God and Seminar (set & costumes, RMTC), The Road To Paradise and Night (set & costumes, Human Cargo), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, Theatre Calgary/RMTC), The Kite Runner (costumes, Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Cinderella (costumes, The Grand Theatre).
Gillian was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees. This year’s jury consisted of Robin Fisher, established set and costume designer, and 2015 Cooper laureate, Lindsay Dagger Junkin, emerging costume designer, and Alex Gilbert, educator and wardrobe supervisor. The jury was unanimous in their choice of Gillian Gallow as the 2018 laureate. They said, "We are very excited to name Gillian as the 2018 laureate. When talking about Gillian’s costume designs every statement we made included words like amazing, astounding, brilliant and dynamic. She takes time and care in the research for each project, delivering consistently thoughtful and strong work. Her renderings are exceptionally beautiful. Her characters are poignant."
Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation". Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities. She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design.
For more information, please contact: Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation 416-969-7413 | email@example.com
The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid out over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships.
For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.