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James Rolfe Wins the Louis Applebaum Composers Award

Toronto, November 8, 2005 - Canadian composer James Rolfe has won the Louis Applebaum Composers Award.  This year's $10,000 award recognizesexcellence in music composition for theatre, music theatre, dance or opera.

Composer James Rolfe, one of Canada's leading contemporary composers, receives the award for his outstanding work in the field of opera.  Mr. Rolfe is well known for his first opera Beatrice Chancy (libretto by George Elliott Clarke), which was praised by audiences and critics alike during the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company's production in Toronto, Dartmouth and Edmonton, and broadcast nationally by CBC TV.  His Orpheus and Eurydice (libretto by André Alexis) was recently given a semi-staged production by the Toronto Masque Theatre, and Rosa (libretto by Camyar Chair) was performed in Tapestry New Opera Work's 2004 edition of Opera-to-go and at the Opera America conference in Detroit in 2005.   His new children's opera Elijah's Kite (libretto by Camyar Chai), a co-production of the Manhattan School of Music and Tapestry New Opera Works, will receive its New York premiËre in April 2006.

The Ontario Arts Council  administered the selection process working with jury members  Eda Holmes, theatre director, Christopher House, choreographer and Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre, Rick MacMillan, Manager, SOCAN Foundation and Wayne Strongman, Managing Artistic Director, Tapestry New Opera Works.

The Louis Applebaum Composers Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation in 1998 by Louis Applebaum  to recognize excellence in music composition of any genre.   ìCanadian composer Louis Applebaum devoted his life to the cultural awakening of Canada, and this ìmagnificent obsessionî drove him to become a founder of the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.  He was an instrumental figure in the early development of the National Film Board, the Stratford Festival, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  For nearly half a century he composed music for the Stratford Festival, television, radio and filmsî.  (from Louis Applebaum, A Passion for Culture by Walter Pitman, Dundurn Press)

The first Louis Applebaum Composers 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 were the second recipients of the Award, which recognized excellence in film and television composition.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Louis Applebaum Composers Award.  Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the Foundation holds over 270 endowments totalling more than $43,000,000 and pays out over $2 million annually in support of the arts in Ontario.

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

 

Thunder Bay School Kids Pick Winning Books

Toronto, June 3, 2005 ó Students from Claude E. Garton Public School in Thunder Bay today announced the 2005 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.  Every year, student juries from a selected Ontario school present these national awards in two categories: children's picture book, which is split between the author and illustrator, and the young adult book/middle reader category.

Author/illustrator Wallace Edwards receives the $5,000 prize for Monkey Business (Kids Can Press Ltd.)while Kenneth Oppelreceives the $5,000 prize for Airborn (HarperCollins Canada)    The announcement was made at the school during a ceremony that included a reading by Thunder Bay author Charlie Wilkins.  

Five students in grade 3 and 4 chose Monkey Business as the best picture book because it was ìoriginal and funnyî and because they ìloved the realistic and detailed illustrations.î  Five students in grades 7 and 8 chose Airborn as the best young adult/middle reader book, saying that it had ìall the elements of a good book – a great mix of fantasy, adventure and romance.î

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards recognize Canadian writers and illustrators who demonstrate excellence in children's literature.  They were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, their family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The first award went to Mordecai Richler for Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang in 1976.

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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For more information, please contact:
Kirsten Gunter,
Communications Manager,
Ontario Arts Council  (416) 969-7403 or
toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403 or email kgunter@arts.on.ca

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Finalists Chosen for 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrenís Book Awards

Toronto, April 27, 2005 ó Authors and illustrators nominated to the shortlist for the 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today.  (See attached 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.

Each year, two juries of children from a school in Ontario select the winners.  This year, students from Claude E. Garton Public School in Thunder Bay will review the books and announce the winners on June 3, 2005 at the school (414 Grenville Avenue, Thunder Bay).

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. Last year, their 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 2005
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

Picture Books

  • A Very Unusual Dog written by Dorothy Joan Harris, illustrated by Kim LaFave
    North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd.
  • Drumheller Dinosaur Dance written by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Bill Slavin and EsperanÁa Melo
    Kids Can Press Ltd.
  • Monkey Business written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards
    Kids Can Press Ltd.
  • Peg and the Yeti written by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Barbara Reid
    HarperCollins Canada
  • Stella, Princess of the Sky written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
    Groundwood Books

Young Adult/Middle Reader Books

  • After Sylvia by Alan Cumyn
    Groundwood Books
  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
    HarperCollins Canada
  • The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis
    Fitzhenry & Whiteside
  • Miss Smithers by Susan Juby
    HarperCollins Canada
  • The Pepins and their Problems by Polly Horvath
    Groundwood Books

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For more information, please contact:
Kirsten Gunter, Communications Manager, Ontario Arts Council  (416) 969-7403 or
toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403 or email kgunter@arts.on.ca

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