Toronto, March 25, 2003ó The finalists for the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award were announced today. This national award ó one for a children's picture book and one for a young adult/middle reader book ó recognizes authors and illustrators from across Canada who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature.
Two juries of schoolchildren from Rose Avenue Public School in Toronto, Ontario, will adjudicate and announce the winners at 1:30 p.m. on May 7, 2003 at the school. This year the prize money has been doubled from $5,000 to $10,000.
The young adult/middle reader book category will be judged by students in grades 6. Grade 4 students will award the children's picture book prize, which is split between the author and illustrator. If the winning picture book is authored and illustrated by two creators, they will share $6,000 ($3,000 each) and the young adult/middle book author will be awarded $4,000. If the creator of the picture book is both author and illustrator, the two categories will have equal awards of $5,000.
The Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in honour of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. The administration of this award is shared by the Ontario Arts Council, which selects the juries, the Ontario Arts Council Foundation, and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members select the short list of books.
Short List For The 2003 Ruth Schwartz Award For Excellence In Canadian Children's Literature
Alphabeasts written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards Kids Can Press
Dragonfly Kites written by Tomson Highway, illustrated by Brian Deines HarperCollins Canada Ltd.
Garbage Delight: Another Helping written by Dennis Lee, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski Key Porter Books
Stella, Fairy of the Forest written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay Groundwood Books
The Night Walker written by Richard Thompson, illustrated by Martin Springett Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Young Adult/Middle Reader Books
A Company of Fools by Deborah Ellis Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis Groundwood Books
Search of the Moon King's Daughter by Linda Holeman Tundra Books
The Secret Life of Owen Skye by Alan Cumyn Groundwood Books
True Confessions of a Heartless Girl by Martha Brooks Groundwood Books
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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, Ontario. This 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 VictoriaJackman, 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:
Based In Ontario:
Soulpepper Theatre Company
Cisco Systems Bluesfest
Drayton, Grand Bend Penetanguishene, St. Jacobs
The National Ballet of Canada
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
The Aldeburgh Connection
Ballet Jˆrgen Canada
Canadian Art Foundation
Festival 4-15, Ottawa Festival for Young Audiences
The Fringe of Toronto TheatreFestival
The Grand Theatre
Ottawa Chamber Music Society
Theatre & Company
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.
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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, 2002ó 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.
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