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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

CMC Congratulates R. Murray Schafer

Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer
R. Murray Schafer honoured with
Governor General's Performing Arts Award


MARCH 2, 2009, TORONTO, ONThe Canadian Music Centre congratulates Associate Composer R. Murray Schafer on being a recipient of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's most prestigious lifetime achievement award for the performing arts. 


Over the course of his career, Schafer has achieved an international reputation as a composer, an educator, environmentalist, scholar and visual artist. His compositions are performed by soloist and ensembles across the country and around the world making Schafer a true icon of Canadian contemporary music.


Schafer's honors include two Fromm Foundation prizes (1968, 1972), the Canadian Music Council Medal (1972), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974), the William Harold Moon Award (1974), the Composer of the Year Award from the Canadian Music Council (1976), the Prix Jules-Léger pour la nouvelle musique de chambre (1977, for String Quartet No. 2, 'Waves'). He has also received the Prix Honegger (1980, for String Quartet No. 1), the Glenn Gould Prize for Music and Its Communication (1987), the Canada Council Molson Prize (1993), the Louis Applebaum Composer's Award (1999), and the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts (2005).


The Canadian Music Centre is proud to count R. Murray Schafer, one of Canada's most celebrated composers, among its Associates.


To learn more about R. Murray Schafer and his work, click here and check out the CMC Centrediscs recording and documentary in the Canadian Composer Portraits series.


The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2009 and is the primary resource for musical works, parts, recordings and information on Canadian contemporary music and its creators.  Since 1959, the CMC has promoted the works of its Associate Composers through encouraging the performance and appreciation of Canadian music, and making its collection of more than 18,000 works available worldwide.  Centrediscs was created in 1981 as Canada's foremost label of Canadian contemporary concert music, recording the works of composers associated with the CMC.  Visit for more information.


Le Compositeur agréé du Centre de musique canadienne

R. Murray Schafer

reçoit le Prix du Gouverneur général pour les arts de la scène


LE 2 MARS 2009, TORONTO, ON – Le Centre de musique canadienne félicite le Compositeur agréé du CMC, R. Murray Schafer, qui a reçu le Prix du Gouverneur général des arts de la scène, la plus haute distinction accordée aux artistes canadiens de la scène.

Au cours de sa longue carrière, Schafer s'est acquis une réputation internationale comme compositeur, pédagogue, environnementaliste, chercheur et artiste visuel. Ses œuvres sont interprétées par des solistes et des ensembles de partout au pays et dans le monde, de sorte que Schafer est un véritable symbole de la musique canadienne contemporaine.


Parmi les distinctions décernées à R. Murray Schafer figurent deux prix de la Fondation Fromm (1968, 1972), la Médaille du Conseil canadien de la musique (1972), une bourse Guggenheim (1974), le Prix William Harold Moon (1974), le Prix du Compositeur de l'année du Conseil canadien de la musique (1976), le Prix Jules-Léger pour la nouvelle musique de chambre (1977, pour String Quartet No. 2, « Waves »). Il a également reçu le Prix Honegger (1980, pour String Quartet No. 1), le Prix Glenn-Gould pour contribution à la musique et à sa communication (1987), le Prix Molson du Conseil des Arts du Canada (1993) et le Prix Walter-Carsen d'excellence en arts de la scène décerné par le Conseil des Arts du Canada (2005).


Le Centre de musique canadienne est fier de compter R. Murray Schafer, l'un des compositeurs les plus réputés du Canada, au nombre de ses Compositeurs agréés.


Pour en savoir davantage sur R. Murray Schafer et sur son œuvre, cliquez ici et allez voir l'enregistrement et le documentaire parus chez Centredisques, l'étiquette du CMC, dans la série Portraits de compositeurs canadiens.


Le Centre de musique canadienne (CMC), qui célèbre en 2009 sont 50e anniversaire, constitue la source la plus importante d'œuvres musicales, de matériel d'orchestre, d'enregistrements et d'information sur la musique canadienne contemporaine et ses créateurs. Depuis 1959, le CMC fait la promotion des œuvres de ses Compositeurs agréés en encourageant l'exécution et l'appréciation de la musique canadienne, et en mettant à la disposition du public partout dans le monde sa collection riche de plus de 18 000 œuvres. Centredisques, créée en 1981, l'étiquette canadienne la plus importante vouée à la musique de concert canadienne contemporaine, enregistre les œuvres des compositeurs membres du CMC. Visitez pour plus de renseignements.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Oliver Jones to mentor Dione Taylor as part of the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Mentorship

Oliver Jones to mentor Dione Taylor as part of the

2009 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program

Ottawa (Canada) –The National Arts Centre (NAC) is delighted to announce that distinguished jazz legend Oliver Jones has chosen to mentor Dione Taylor, an extraordinarily talented young singer, through the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program.

The program allows Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recipients, who have received their country’s highest honour in the arts, the chance to give back to the next generation of artists. Mr. Jones received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in Popular Music in 2005.

This year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards will be announced at a press conference at the Young Centre in Toronto on March 2nd.

The Mentorship Program, a partnership between the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation and the NAC, is designed to benefit emerging to mid-career artists. While numerous mentorships exist to support emerging artists, talented professionals in early to mid-career often find themselves in need of an infusion of creative guidance and could benefit from a national showcase opportunity. The Mentorship Program serves as a creative catalyst and as an investment in future Canadian artistic achievement.

“I’m so happy to be able to work with Dione and offer what guidance I can to such a sparkling young talent,” said Mr. Jones. “I feel honoured to have the chance to work with her and to perhaps play some small part in the growth of her career.”

Ms. Taylor expressed her appreciation for being chosen as part of the Mentorship Program: “It is an honour to be recognized in this way and for this opportunity to work with Mr. Oliver Jones. Mr. Jones has contributed so much to the music industry and is part of such a wonderful tradition that I so deeply respect.”

In addition to receiving coaching and career advice from Mr. Jones, Ms. Taylor will also perform at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala on May 9, 2009, and receive an honorarium.

“The National Arts Centre is proud we can help provide these kinds of opportunities that allow Canadian artists to benefit from the gifts and experience of some of Canada’s artistic icons,” said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are a celebration of excellence that introduces Canadians to new artists, raises awareness of achievements in varied disciplines, and invites Canadians to applaud the performing artists whose passion moves, entertains and inspires. Bell has been the Founding Sponsor of the Awards since 1992.


Oliver Jones

Jazz pianist Oliver Jones is one of Canada's most beloved and admired musicians and most distinguished cultural ambassadors. Over the past six decades he has achieved legendary status in the international jazz community, toured tirelessly in Canada and around the world, and devoted much of his time to encouraging young Canadian musicians as they begin their careers. In addition to his performances in concert, in clubs, at prestigious international festivals, and with major orchestras across Canada, he has released 22 recordings.

He was born in Montréal, Quebec, in 1934, and studied piano with Daisy Peterson, his friend Oscar's sister. He made his stage debut at age five and started playing in clubs when he was nine. Though his father urged him to go into accounting, the young Oliver always knew he wanted to be a musician.

After a musically eclectic early life in Montréal, Mr. Jones worked as a pop-music director in Puerto Rico but came home in 1980 determined to stick to jazz. He got a job at Biddles, a legendary downtown club, and his career took off.

Mr. Jones' outstanding musical talent is matched by his immense modesty and generosity toward his audiences and fellow musicians, particularly young artists.

Oliver Jones "retired" in 1999 but still makes numerous appearances yearly, including numerous charity benefits and jazz festivals across Canada.

Awards and honours include the Order of Canada, the Order of Quebec, several Félix and Juno Awards, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Music, and four honorary doctorates.

Dione Taylor

Dione Taylor burst onto the music scene in 2004 with her dynamic performance style and soulful voice that is steeped in the traditions of gospel, blues and jazz. Her debut recording Open Your Eyes quickly earned her Juno, Canadian Urban Music and National Jazz Award nominations and the disc was named one of the Top Recordings of 2004 by Canada’s premiere jazz radio station, Jazz.FM91.

A pastor’s daughter from Saskatchewan, music has always been an integral part of Ms. Taylor’s life. Born and raised in a family she describes as “really connected to the gift of song,” she began playing the organ at age four, and at the tender age of 10, became musical director and organist at The Shiloh Assembly Church (Apostolic) in Regina. Taylor received two Voice Scholarships upon high school graduation. She decided upon the University of Regina, where she majored in Voice (Classical and Opera). A career turning point came when Ms. Taylor enrolled at the world-renowned jazz program at the Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. Dione excelled academically and received the college’s Thomas Kehoe Memorial Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance, graduating with honors from the program in 2003. While completing those studies, she entered an international competition for jazz students. She was selected as of one of six jazz musicians from around the world for the “Jazz and the New Generation” program. Led by Dr. Billy Taylor, it was sponsored by The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and its winners performed at a prestigious concert on the Millennium Stage.

An assured and charming performer, Ms. Taylor has already sung for presidents and royalty. In June 2004, a mere two weeks after releasing her debut CD, she was invited to participate in a concert celebrating Black Music Month in the United States at the White House for the President and First Lady. Less than a year later she performed alongside other stars for Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Joni Mitchell at the Saskatchewan Centennial Gala of the Arts. Other notable appearances include the 2005 Nightlife Jazz Tour, the Women’s Blues Revue at Toronto’s famed Massey Hall and the 2005 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, where she performed with soul divas Patti LaBelle and Ann Peebles, as well as the legendary Neville Brothers. In November 2006 Ms. Taylor had the honor of performing “The Weight” for Robbie Robertson of The Band at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala in tribute and recognition of his Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.

With her second album, I Love Being Here With You (Marquis/EMI Music Canada), Taylor emerged as a fully formed and exciting young artist. While unmistakably a jazz album, I Love Being Here With You reflects her love and background in gospel, rhythm & blues and soul. Her rich and smoky voice has a truly soulful quality, one attractively complemented by her keenly trained musical ear. Her eclecticism is apparent as Ms. Taylor cites soul queen Aretha Franklin, jazz chanteuse Sarah Vaughan, opera diva Leontyne Price and smooth-voiced jazzman Johnny Hartman as inspirations and influences. I Love Being Here With You was produced by Doug Riley (Ray Charles, David Clayton-Thomas, The Brecker Brothers) and Sandy Mamane, and features Jake Langley, Guido Basso, Pat LaBarbera, Terry Clarke and international piano virtuoso Benny Green.

In November 2008, I Love Being Here With You was released in Japan, and in December 2008 Ms. Taylor will be performing a sold out Christmas concert at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo. Most recently Ms. Taylor was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2008 for her rendition of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” which she performed alongside Oliver Jones at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala.

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