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2006 Shortlist for Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrenís Book Awards

Toronto, April 12, 2006 ó The short list of authors and illustrators nominated for the 2006 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards was announced today. (See list.) These national awards ó one for a children's picture book and one for a young adult/middle reader book ó recognize writers and illustrators from across Canada who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature.

Two juries of schoolchildren from Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School in Toronto, Ontario, will review the books and announce the winners on May 9, 2006 at a special 2 p.m. reception at Queen's Park hosted by The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

The young adult/middle reader book category is judged by students in grades 7 and 8. The winning author will receive a $5,000 prize. Students in grades 3 and 4 will award the $5,000 children's picture book prize, which is split between the author and illustrator.

The Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family decided to rename it the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards to honour Sylvia. Sylvia was a well-known photographer in Toronto from the 1940s to the early 1960s who had a great love of children.

The administration of these awards is shared annually by the Ontario Arts Council, which selects the school and the juries, the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Ruth Schwartz Foundation and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members select the short list of books.

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Short List for the 2006
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

Picture Books

  • Caramba
    written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
    Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
  • Forever: The Annual Hockey Classic
    written by Roy MacGregor, illustrated by Brian Deines
    Red Deer Press Inc.
  • Gretzky's Game
    written by Mike Leonetti, illustrated by Greg Banning
    Raincoast Books
  • The Nutcracker
    written by Karen Kain, illustrated by Rajka Kupesic
    Tundra Books
  • Shi-shi-etko
    written by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave
    Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

Young Adult/Middle Reader Books

  • Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last
    by Susan Juby
    HarperCollins Canada
  • The Crazy Man
    by Pamela Porter
    Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
  • The Gravesavers
    by Sheree Fitch
    Doubleday Canada
  • Skybreaker
    by Kenneth Oppel
    HarperCollins Canada
  • Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
    by Shyam Selvadurai
    Tundra Books

For more information, please contact:

Ann Boyd, Associate Director, Ontario Arts Foundation, 416-969-7411 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7411 or email aboyd@arts.on.ca
Daphnée Nostrome, Communications Assistant, Ontario Arts Council, 416-969-7446 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7446 or email dnostrome@arts.on.ca

Winners of Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Announced

Toronto, January 24, 2006 - The recipients of the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards were announced at a competition held in Toronto at the Heliconian Club on Sunday, January 22, 2006.

Four young opera singers received awards:

First prize:                         Sonja Gustafson, soprano     $2,000

Second prize:                   Philip Carmichael, baritone   $1,000

Third prize:                        Lawrence J. Wiliford, tenor   $   750

Encouragement award:    Justin Welsh, bartione         $   500

The awards recognize excellence in performance and potential.  The winners were chosen by jurors Philip Boswell, Artistic Administrator, Canadian Opera Company, Carrol Anne Curry, Managing Director, Dean Artists Management, Stuart Hamilton, Vocal coach, Pianist, CBC Radio Personality and John Hess, Co-Artistic Director, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre.

The awards are financed from the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund, established by Christina Petrowska Quilico at the Ontario Arts foundation to honour her late husband, renowned baritone, Louis Quilico.  During his 45 years on the world stage, Quilico shared performing credits with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi.  He was best known as the hunchbacked jester Rigoletto, a part he played 510 times in his career.  Quilico was also instrumental in furthering the careers of many young singers through his teaching and master classes.  The awards were set up to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists, and composers for voice.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.  Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the Foundation holds over 270 endowments totalling more than $43 million and pays out over $2 million annually in support of the arts.

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For information, please contact:
Janet Stubbs
Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
jstubbs@arts.on.ca 

 

Art Photographer Raymonde April Receives $35,000 Award

Toronto, November 29, 2005 –Montréal based photographer Raymonde April is the 2005 recipient of the $35,000 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography

Raymonde April's photographic work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.  Currently Aires de migration  with French photographer/ video artist MichËle Waquant is showing at Montréal's VOX Centre de l'image contemporaine. Her previous solo shows include Tout embrasser at Concordia University's Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery and Raymonde April: bifurcations, at the Centre culturel Yvonne L. Bombardier in 2004-2005.   Les fleuves invisibles, originated with the Musée d'art de Joliette in 1997 and toured in Canada and France until 2000. Raymonde April was awarded the Paul-…mile Borduas prize in 2003, and lives in Montréal, where she has been teaching photography at ConcordiaUniversity since 1985.

Raymonde April has contributed significantly to the evolution of photography in Canada.   Her work centres around notions of autobiography, narrative and document. In her large-scale streams of images, she devises a patient play on permutations, a visual prose dominated by the principles of recurrence and discontinuity.

The de Hueck/Walford Award was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation  by the late Norman Walford, former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and the late Paul de Hueck, former CBC television production manager.  The Ontario Arts Council administered the selection process working with jurors Robert Enright, critic and professor of Art Criticism at the University of Guelph, Martha Hanna, Director of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Vancouver photographer Jeff Wall, the winner of the 2003 de Hueck/Walford Award.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the de Hueck/Walford Award.  Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the Foundation holds over 270 endowments totalling more than $43 million and pays out over $2 million annually in support of the arts.

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For further information, please contact:
Janet Stubbs
Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416 969 7413
jstubbs@arts.on.ca

 

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