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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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Emmanuel Vukovich awarded the Orford String Quartet Scholarship

Toronto, September 23, 2004ó Emmanuel Vukovich, a violin student at Montreal's McGill University, is this year's winner of the $2,500 Orford String Quartet Scholarship. 

A Julliard graduate, Emmanuel Vukovich has already attracted considerable attention as a soloist and chamber musician.  Vukovich has performed at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts in New York, the SUNY Performing Arts Center in New York, as well as at The Natural History Museum in London, England. He is a Lloyd Carr-Harris Scholarship recipient at McGill University, and is the first violinist of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet.

Emmanuel was selected from a field of nominees by a jury consisting of  Marie Bérard (violinist, concert master with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra), Jennifer Taylor (General Manager/Producer with Music Toronto), and Paul Pulford (cellist, former member of the Penderecki String Quartet).

In commenting on the winner, the jurors stated ìEmmanuel Vukovich possesses an exceptional standard of musicianship and is highly dedicated to chamber music in Canada.î

The Orford String Quartet Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 by the members of the highly-acclaimed Orford String Quartet -- Andrew Dawes, Desmond Hoebig, Kenneth Perkins and Sophie Renshaw.  During 25 years of performances, the Orford was one of the best-known string quartets in the world.  The purpose of the scholarship is to assist a Canadian string musician with studies, commissions, or performances related to their work in chamber music.  The scholarship continues the Orford String Quartet's influence on the development of chamber music in Canada and its encouragement of aspiring young Canadian string players.

The Orford String Quartet Scholarship Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation. The Ontario Arts Council manages the selection process.

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For more information: 
Kirsten Gunter                                            Janet Stubbs
Ontario Arts Council                                  Ontario Arts Council Foundation
Communications Manager                      Director
416-969-7403                                             416-969-7413
kgunter@arts.on.ca                                   jstubbs@arts.on.ca

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