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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Harry Freeman Fund announced

ĮĮThe Freedman family is pleased to announce the Harry Freedman Fund, established in memory of the pioneering Canadian composer. Housed and administered by the Canadian Music Centre, the Funds main activity is to offer the Harry Freedman Recording Award. ĮĮ

The Award will be offered to a successful candidate - a Canadian composer working in collaboration with one to six musicians, or a Canadian composer/performer - through a competitive process. Its purpose will be to contribute towards the creative costs associated with making audio recordings of Canadian composers music that are confirmed future commercial release. ĮĮ

The Harry Freedman Recording Award is currently valued at $1,500 CDN and will be offered on a biannual basis , starting in the 2009/2010 season. ĮĮProposals must be submitted in writing and received no later than 5pm on Friday January 10, 2010 to be given due consideration. Any submissions received past this date will not be considered.

Proposals may be sent to:
The Harry Freedman FundĮ
c/o Canadian Music Centre - Ontario Region
Į20 St. Joseph St. Į
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

La famille Freedman est heureuse dannoncer la cration du Fonds Harry Freedman, en mmoire dun grand pionnier canadien dans le domaine de la composition. Log et administr au Centre de musique canadienne, le Fonds aura pour activit principale de dcerner le Prix denregistrement Harry Freedman.

Ce prix sera remis au laurat un compositeur canadien uvrant en collaboration avec un ou plusieurs musiciens (six au maximum), ou un compositeur-interprte canadien la suite dun concours. Le prix a pour but de participer aux frais de cration associs la ralisation denregistrements audio de musique de compositeurs canadiens dont le lancement commercial venir a t confirm.

Le Prix denregistrement Harry Freedman, actuellement estim 1 500 $ CAN, sera dcern tous les deux ans, partir de la saison 2009-2010.ĮĮLes candidatures devront tre soumises par crit et parvenir au Fonds au plus tard 17h le vendredi 10 janvier 2010 pour tre valides. Toute candidature reue aprs cette date ne sera pas retenue.

Les candidatures peuvent tre envoyes :
Le Fonds Harry FreedmanĮ
a/s Centre de musique canadienne Rgion de lOntarioĮ
20 St. Joseph St. Į
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Multiple honours for Wajdi Mouawad

Multiple honours for Wajdi Mouawad

The Avignon Festival's Associated Artist is honoured by Canada and the Acadmie franaise

Ottawa, Canada Just a few days before the opening of the Avignon Festival, where he is this year's Associated Artist, Wajdi Mouawadwriter, director, actor, and artistic director of the National Arts Centre (NAC) French Theatrewas honoured by the Acadmie franaise and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The first announcement came last week, when Mr. Mouawad received the Grand Prix du Thtre presented by the Acadmie franaise in recognition of his achievements as a playwright. He will receive the award next December at a ceremony to be held under the Dome of the Institut de France in Paris. Established in 1980, the Grand Prix du Thtre is awarded annually in recognition of a playwright's body of work; past recipients include Jean Anouilh and Marguerite Duras.

Wajdi Mouawad made the news again this week when Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michalle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced his appointment to the rank of Officer of the Order of Canada. The Order, this country's highest civilian honour, recognizes "a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large."

These honours came as Wajdi Mouawad was preparing for the July 7 opening of the 2009 Avignon Festival, where, besides acting as Associated Artist, he will present the original versions of three of his plays: Littoral (translated into English as Tideline), Incendies (Scorched), and Forts. For the first time ever, the three plays will be presented in a single performance stretching from dusk to dawn. The Festival will also present (separately) Mr. Mouawad's latest play, Ciels, completing the tetralogy entitled Le Sang des promesses.

"The National Arts Centre congratulates Wajdi Mouawad on receiving these prestigious honours," said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. "We're proud to be associated with such an outstanding artist."

Wajdi Mouawad will return to Ottawa and the NAC in September for the exclusive North American engagement of Littoral.

Two other friends of the National Arts Centre were also honoured by the Governor General this week: Robert Lepage, former French Theatre artistic director, and John Manley, a director of the NAC Foundation, the Centre's fundraising arm. Messrs Lepage and Manley were appointed respectively to the rank of Companion and Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

OPERA America Announces Recipients of the 2009 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award



New York, NYOPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is proud to announce the 2009 recipients of the National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. In its second year, this award honors trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies.

The 2009 National Opera Trustee Recognition honorees are Mr. John T. Cody, Jr. of The Dallas Opera, Mr. Richard Holland of Opera Omaha, Mrs. Beth Ingram of Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Mr. C. Guy Rudisill, III of Piedmont Opera.

OPERA America is committed to recognizing strong trustee leaders, understanding the pivotal role they play in the success of opera companies and the vitality of the communities they serve. In acknowledging and celebrating the dedication of board members at the national level, the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program seeks to strengthen the relationships between opera companies and their trustees and to inspire exemplary service to opera companies across the United States.

Presenting consistently high-quality opera requires a dedicated staff guided and supported by a strong board, stated Marc A. Scorca, president & CEO of OPERA America. The value of dedicated board members who provide passion, vision and generous support cannot be overstated. We are pleased to be joined by Bank of America in recognizing the achievements of these trustees.

Bank of America is a leading supporter of the arts and believes that these institutions are critical to ensuring the cultural and economic vitality of our communities, said Keith Banks, head of Bank of America Global Private Client, Institutional and Investment Management. We are pleased to sponsor this noble initiative as the trustees play an important role in developing their local opera company as cultural pillars in their community.

Each year, OPERA America member companies are invited to nominate one of their trustees for this award. A single honoree from each of the four OPERA America budget levels is chosen by an adjudication committee through a competitive selection process.

The honorees represent a significant range of accomplishments, generosity and a deep commitment to promoting opera in their communities. The following profiles illustrate just a few examples of the dedication of these trustees.

After fourteen seasons with The Dallas Opera, John Cody held the top administrative position for a year while the company searched for its new general director. He has resumed the position in the wake of the brief tenure of George Steel. Mr. Cody is the retired President and COO of J.C. Penney with more than 35 years of executive experience. He joined the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera in 1993 and has served on the Development, Finance and Marketing committees, as well as on the Board of The Dallas Opera Foundation. Mr. Cody became President of the company in June 2004 and guided a two-year project to develop a strategic positioning statement and roadmap designed to take The Dallas Opera through its historic move into the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2006-2008 and as Interim General Director from June through September 2008. He resumed the position of Interim General Director as of January, 2009.

Native Omahan and retired advertising executive Richard Holland has been a tireless advocate of Opera Omaha. Shortly after its 1958 founding, Mr. Holland joined other community leaders in helping them grow from a community enterprise to a budding professional regional company. He served as Board President from 1966 to 1970 and, over the past 40 years, has remained a constant supporter, both in a governance capacity and as a donor. In his forward for the book Opera Omaha: The First Fifty Years, Mr. Holland wrote Ķwe believe we have helped make Omaha a better place to live and work. While maintaining and expanding his leadership giving to Opera Omaha, Mr. Holland is a major supporter of many social service organizations. He called on the Peter Kiewit Foundation to co-commission a study on the economic impact of performing arts in Omaha, which clearly proved the high value these groups bring to the region.

Beth Ingram is an enthusiastic promoter and generous patron of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. As a 42-year member of the Board of Directors, she has held the officer positions of secretary, treasurer, vice-president, president, vice-chairman and chairman. She was the first woman president on the Lyric Opera Board and continued in her leading role by serving on the Executive Committee for the majority of those years. Mrs. Ingram was the lead donor and honorary chairman for the Companys 2003 Endowment Campaign that raised $11.5 million to establish a fund to enhance the artistic quality of productions and twice has served as honorary chairman for the Companys major fund raising event, the Lyric Opera Ball. The Golden Anniversary Ball held last season raised a record-breaking $1.4 million for the Company and ensured adequate funding for their ambitious 50th Anniversary Season.

C. Guy Rudisill, III has been involved with Piedmont Opera for more than ten years, serving as President of the Board from 2000 to 2002. A member of Piedmont Operas Major Gifts Committee, Mr. Rudisill is highly involved with fundraising for the company and last year helped raise $200,000 over and above the companys budget. For a period of time during his tenure as Board President, Piedmont Opera was without a General Manager. Until a successor could be identified, Mr. Rudisill assumed many of the General Managers duties. Mr. Rudisill also serves on the Advocacy Committee of the local Arts Council and takes an active role in reminding the local, state and national elected officials of the importance of the arts to the community, state and nation.

OPERA America and Bank of America will pay tribute to the 2009 honorees and celebrate their remarkable achievements at a dinner and reception on Saturday, February 21, 2009, in New York City.

OPERA Americas commitment to recognizing excellence in governance is shared by its sister organization, the Canadian national association for opera. honors Mr. J. Rob Collins of the Canadian Opera Company as the first recipient of its National Opera Directors Recognition Program.

About OPERA America

OPERA America leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

  • Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works.
  • Information, technical and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation.

Founded in 1970, OPERA Americas worldwide membership network includes nearly 200 Company Members, 300 Associate and Business Members, 2,000 Individual Members and more than 18,000 subscribers to the associations electronic news service.

OPERA Americas long tradition of supporting and nurturing the creation and development of new works led to the formation of The Opera Fund, a growing endowment which allows OPERA America to make a direct impact on the ongoing creation and presentation of new opera and music-theater works. Since its inception, OPERA America has made grants of more than $10.5 million to assist companies with the expenses associated with the creation and development of new works.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

MIDEM Classical Awards 2009 Nominations

MIDEM 2008 -  The world's music community MIDEM: 18-21 January 2009 | MidemNet Forum: 17-18 January 2009 | Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France


Carlo Bergonzi
Julia Fischer
Philippe Jaroussky

Paris, 17 December 2008 The fifth edition of the MIDEM Classical Awards will take place on Tuesday 20 January 2009 at 8pm in the Debussy auditorium of the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, during the 43rd MIDEM music market.

The MIDEM Classical Awards are the only international awards dedicated entirely to classical music. Professionals from the record and music publishing industries have submitted some 646 recordings from 127 labels and 23 companies for consideration.

A prestigious international jury from the world's leading specialist magazines, radio stations and organizations will discern the year's best artists and recordings. The jury includes Aarno Cronvall, Classic Radio (Finland), Bernadette Beyne, Crescendo (Belgium), Bjrn Woll, Fono Forum (Germany), Attila Retkes, Gramofon (Hungary), James Jolly, Gramophone (UK), Christian May, IAMA (World), Franz Patay, IMZ (World), Matthias Brixel, (Germany), Martin Hoffmeister, MDR Figaro (Germany), Stephen Hastings, Musica (Italy), Andrea Meuli, Musik & Theater (Switzerland), Christian Scheib, ORF 1 (Austria), Rmy Franck, Pizzicato (Luxembourg) and Luis Sunen, Scherzo (Spain).

During the ceremony, special homage will be paid to Carlo Bergonzi who will receive a special MIDEM prize in recognition of his outstanding career. It is hard to imagine a more enchanting timbre than that of French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky, voted "Singer of the Year", or that of the extraordinary talent of violinist Julia Fischer, "Instrumental Artist of the Year". German tenor Jonas Kaufmann will also attend as a special guest, invited to present the trophy to Carlo Bergonzi and to present his latest DVD, Carmen, published by Decca in October 2008. Finally, the Sony Masterworks label will be presented with the "Label of the Year" award. The winners at the MIDEM Classical Awards 2009 will be announced at a press conference on Sunday 18 January at 5pm on the MIDEM Classical Awards stand, located at Riviera R38.03.

On stage at this year's MIDEM Classical Awards will be the Orchestre de Cannes Alpes Provence Cte d'Azur conducted by Philippe Bender, with James Jolly as host. Several personalities from the international music scene will also honour this, the fifth edition of the MIDEM Classical Awards, with their presence.

The high attendance of professionals from the world of classical music at MIDEM, as well as the desire by jury members to pay special attention to broadcasting and promoting the winners, make the MIDEM Classical Awards an exceptional launch pad for all prize-winning artists.

Click HERE and discover the nominees of the MIDEM CLASSICAL AWARDS 2009

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Canada Council announces winners of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards

Ottawa, December 16, 2008 Integrated arts artist Diane Borsato, set and costume designer Linda Brunelle, author Marlene Cookshaw, visual artist Geoffrey Farmer, choreographer and dance artist Susanna Hood, filmmaker Shandi Mitchell and composer Michael Oesterle are the winners of the Canada Council for the Arts Victor Martyn LynchStaunton Awards.

The annual awards, worth $15,000 each, recognize outstanding mid-career artists in the seven disciplines funded by the Canada Council: dance, integrated arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts and writing and publishing. The prizes were created using funds from a generous bequest made by the late Victor Martyn LynchStaunton to the Canada Council.

The seven Victor Martyn LynchStaunton Award recipients were chosen through a nomination process by the Grants to Professional Artists peer assessment committees during the 20072008 fiscal year. The winning candidates are considered the most outstanding mid-career artists of those nominated.

Images of the winners can be downloaded from the Canada Council image gallery at:

Diane Borsato Integrated arts

Integrated arts artist and visual artist Diane Borsato has become known for her relational gestures and eccentric experiments. She regularly exhibits videos, photographs and drawings that document her activities. Her humorous and multidisciplinary practice includes such works as Sleeping with Cake (1999), The World's Longest Paper Clip Chain (2001), Artifacts in My Mouth (2003), Wondering How Long He Can Keep Up The World (2005), Moving the Weeds Around (2005), How To Respond in an Emergency (2006), and Three Performances (After Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, and Bonnie Sherk) (2008).

Ms. Borsato has exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and internationally including the Muse national des beaux-arts du Qubec (Qubec City), the Art Gallery of York University and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto). She is currently a professor of Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.

Linda Brunelle Theatre

Over the past decade, set and costume designer Linda Brunelle has designed costumes and sets for numerous productions in dance, theatre, opera, film and circus. Her most recent projects include her participation in the creation of Salina (2006) at the Thtre National de Lille-Tourcoing, Nord Pas-de-Calais, in France, Nebbia (2007) by Cirque loize, Bacchanale (2008) for Thtre d'Aujourd'hui and La petite pice en haut de l'escalier (2008) at Thtre du Nouveau Monde.

Her work has often received mentions at the Gala des Masques and she was awarded a Masque for Si j'avais la seule possession dessus le jugement dernier (1998), Thtre d'Aujourd'hui. Audiences have also remarked on the quality of her work, awarding her the Prix Gascon -Roux for the costumes in Tristan et Yseult (2004) at Thtre du Nouveau Monde and the Audience Award for the costumes in Le Revizor (2003) at Thtre DenisePelletier. In 2003 and 2006, she represented Canada at the Prague Quadrennial of international scenography. Since 2004, she has shared her expertise with students at the National Theatre School.

Marlene Cookshaw Writing and Publishing

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Marlene Cookshaw has lived most of her adult life on British Columbia's west coast. She is the author of five books of poetry (the first, Personal Luggage, was published by Coach House Press in 1984) and one chapbook of prose poems, Coupling, by Outlaw Editions. Brick Books has published her other collections: The Whole Elephant (1989), Double Somersaults (1999), Shameless (2002), and Lunar Drift (2005), two of which were shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry. Other awards have included the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize, the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Arc's Poem of the Year, League of Canadian Poets prize and a National Magazine Silver Award for Poetry.

Ms. Cookshaw completed a BFA at the University of Victoria and worked for many years with The Malahat Review. She now writes and farms on Pender Island with her husband and fellow poet, Mitchell Parry.

Geoffrey Farmer Visual Art

Born in British Columbia, Geoffrey Farmer lives and works in Vancouver. Through his studies at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and at the San Francisco Art Institute, he developed a strong interest in the notions of process and narrative. His work is at once fragile and multiform, operating on the same level as everyday experience: simultaneously rational and chaotic, undeniably concrete yet shaped by the imagination. Mr. Farmer has seen his career take off meteorically in the last few years. In 2008 alone, he was the subject of a survey exhibition at the Muse d'art contemporain in Montral, a solo exhibition at the Witte de With in Rotterdam, Netherlands, participated in the Sydney and Brussels Biennale as well as in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern, the ICA Boston and Johnen + Schttle in Berlin. He is currently exhibiting at National Gallery of Canada in the group exhibition Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer which runs until February 15, 2009.

Susanna Hood Dance

Susanna Hood, Artistic Director of hum, is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music. She was a member of the Toronto Dance Theatre from 1991 to 1995. For over a decade, she has been synthesizing voice and movement into a dynamic practice through which she creates intimate, raw and sensual performance work. She has performed the works of various Canadian choreographers, composers, and filmmakers (including Tedd Robinson, John Oswald, Nilan Perera, and Phillip Barker) and has performed widely as an improviser both in dance and music. Her choreography, compositions, and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stage and film since 1991. Awards include the 1998 K.M. Hunter Emerging Artists Award in Dance and the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for She's gone away. Ms. Hood resides in Toronto.

Shandi Mitchell Media arts

Shandi Mitchell lives near Halifax. A writer and director, she fuses image, word and sound to create dramatic narratives that reflect the hidden, inner experience of her characters. Her work has been described as visually poetic, emotionally resonant and sublimely crafted. Her screenplay for Baba's House won the Women in Film and Television Toronto KODAK Filmmaker Award and Script Award. Baba's House screened at numerous festivals and garnered awards at the Houston International WorldFest (Kodak Cinematography Award, Gold Jury Award); Yorkton Short Film Festival (Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Drama); Atlantic Film Festival (Best Canadian Short, Best Art Direction); and earned two Gemini nominations. Her experimental short Tell Me screened at major festivals and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ms. Mitchell is currently developing her first feature film, The Disappeared. She is also a fiction writer and her debut novel Under This Unbroken Sky will be published in August 2009 by Penguin Books (Canada), Weidenfeld and Nicolson (UK), and Harper Collins (US).

Michael Oesterle Music

Composer Michael Oesterle was born in Ulm, Germany, in 1968. He immigrated to Canada in 1982 and since 1996 has been living in Montreal. His works have been performed and commissioned by orchestras, ensembles and soloists throughout North America and Europe. His most recent commissions include new works for ASKO Ensemble (Amsterdam), the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Aventa Ensemble and Ensemble contemporain de Montral+ (ECM+).

He frequently collaborates with artists of other disciplines and has produced projects in dance, visual arts, film and theatre. He composed the music for cNOTE, a film by animator Christopher Hinton, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. cNOTE won the 2005 Genie award for best animated-short. In 1997 he co-founded the Montreal based Ensemble KORE, and between 2001 and 2004 he was composer-in-residence with l'Orchestre Mtropolitain du Grand Montral. To listen to his music, and to view his collaborative work, please visit his website at

General information

In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to raising public awareness and celebration of these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and international level.

Please visit our website ( for a complete listing of these awards.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fred Sherratt receives the 2009 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award


Broadcasting pioneer and former chief of CHUM Limited to be honoured at The 2009 JUNO Awards

Toronto, ON (December 2, 2008) - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce broadcasting pioneer Fred Sherratt as the recipient of the 2009 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. The Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has contributed to the growth and advancement of the Canadian music industry. Sherratt will be presented with the Award during the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 28, 2009 in Vancouver, BC.

"I am extremely honoured that CARAS has named me this year's recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award and that my name will be inscribed alongside the Canadian music greats who preceded me," said Fred Sherratt. "My entire broadcasting career has been 'mainly about the music' and it has been a privilege to participate in the dynamic growth of the Canadian music industry."

"Fred Sherratt has dedicated a lifetime to ensuring the highest broadcast standards in Canadian radio and television as well as the delivery of quality music and entertainment programs across the country," said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS.

Earlier this year, CARAS and CTVglobemedia jointly established annual music scholarships named after Fred Sherratt. The MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Awards were given out to 11 outstanding post-secondary graduates of Canadian music education programs. Sherratt is perhaps best known as the former Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer of CHUM Limited and is credited for helping to build the organization into one of Canada's leading media conglomerates.

Fred Sherratt's significant contributions to the broadcasting industry have garnered him recognition and numerous awards over his distinguished career. In 2008, Sherratt became the inaugural recipient of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted to the Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1995 by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. He has also been awarded the CAB Distinguished Service Gold Ribbon Award in 1984, and in 1993 received the Ted Rogers Senior/Velma Rogers Graham Award for his pioneering spirit and contributions to the broadcasting system.

Sherratt began his broadcasting career in 1948 as an announcer in Truro, Nova Scotia, before moving to Ontario to work in the broadcasting division of the Thomson newspapers. In 1956, he co-founded and launched a brand new radio station in Simcoe, Ontario, AM 1560 CFRS. By 1960, Sherratt became associated with CHUM Limited operating its newly acquired station, CKPT in Peterborough, ON.

He returned to Nova Scotia in 1965 when CHUM Limited acquired CJCH Radio Halifax. In 1969, he was appointed Vice President Programming and Operations and a Director of CHUM Limited and moved to Toronto.

In 1971, Sherratt partnered with CHUM Limited and a group of Nova Scotia investors to purchase CJCH-TV, which he subsequently developed into the Atlantic Television System (ATV). After a decade of building the brand, ATV launched the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN), the first advertiser-supported, satellite-delivered television service of its kind that essentially operated without any broadcast transmitters. ASN also served as the Educational Television Service in Atlantic Canada through a unique public/private partnership of universities, governments and CHUM. Sherratt continued to work as a Director of CTV Television Network Limited during the years that CHUM owned ATV.

After nearly four decades since becoming involved with CHUM Limited, Sherratt retired from his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in September 2000 when he was appointed Vice Chair of the company, a position he held for three years.

Sherratt continues to actively participate in industry affairs and has served on the boards and committees of most major broadcasting associations in Canada. He was a Director and member of the Executive Committee of Canadian Association of Broadcasters as well as the Television Bureau of Canada, and served a three-year term as Chairman of the Board of BBM, Bureau of Broadcast Measurement.

He was also a Director of Balmur Entertainment Ltd., founded by Canadian songbird Anne Murray, overseeing its music television properties, song catalogue and record production activities. Sherratt currently serves on the Board of Governors of Trent University.

For a complete list of Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recipients, go to A high-resolution photo of Fred Sherratt is also available for download on the JUNO Awards website.

Sponsors of The 2009 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," The Province of British Columbia, The City of Vancouver, Music BC and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Broadcast sponsors of The 2009 JUNO Awards are Garnier, Pepsi, Pontiac and Rogers.

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 38th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) please visit our websites at and

About CTV:
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sarah McLachlan wins 2009 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award


Vancouver, BC (November 20, 2008) - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CTV today announced that Sarah McLachlan, one of Canada's most celebrated artists, will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award during the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 28. The Award, named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters and made possible by funding from the CTV/CHUM benefits package, recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.

"CARAS is honoured to present Sarah McLachlan with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. She is an inspirational example of how music can touch lives and positively affect change in communities," said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS.

"I am honoured and humbled to receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. I feel so lucky and blessed in my life and giving back feels right and good -- it's the best way I know to thank the universe," said Sarah McLachlan.

This past October, Sarah McLachlan celebrated the 20-year anniversary of a triumphant career marked with multi-platinum selling albums, numerous awards and sold-out tours. Alongside her musical successes, McLachlan is well known for her humanitarian contributions to charities and organizations at home and internationally, often using music as a platform for social change.

In 1997, Sarah McLachlan founded Lilith Fair, a touring concert festival organized to showcase and promote women in music. The tour exclusively headlined female artists and bands -- an ambitious and ground-breaking idea that had never been achieved in such a large capacity -- and garnered the support and participation of many of music's top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu, Fiona Apple, Indigo Girls, Lisa Loeb, Nelly Furtado, Sheryl Crow and Tracy Chapman to name a few.

Over the next three years, Lilith Fair continued to tour across Canada and the U.S. bringing together over 2 million music fans and showcasing more than 100 artists. The festival became hugely popular with the media and was lauded by the music industry for its positive impact. By the end of its three-year run in 1999, Lilith Fair had raised more than $7 million for charities and women's shelters across North America.

It was also during this time that Sarah McLachlan received the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visionary Award for advancing the careers of women in music. New York Governor George Pataki presented McLachlan with the Award in 1998, fittingly on the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY.

Another proud moment came in 2000, when McLachlan was bestowed Canada's highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada, for her outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

In 2004, McLachlan teamed with director Sophie Muller to create the video for the single "World on Fire," again using music as a platform for social awareness. The song's charged lyrics and the simple yet impactful images compared dollar amounts spent on show business splurges against the impact of global aid to developing countries. New York Times' music writer Jon Pareles hailed the video as a "brilliantly modest gesture."

By design, the video cost only $15 to produce, with the remainder of the $150,000 production budget donated to 11 wide-ranging charitable organizations including CARE, Engineers Without Borders, Help The Aged, Warchild and Heifer International. "World On Fire" received a 2004 Grammy Award nomination for Best Short Form Music Video and the album, AFTERGLOW, became certified double platinum in the U.S. and 5X platinum in Canada.

Sarah McLachlan also dedicates much of her time to support music education and the betterment of youth. In 1999, she founded the Sarah McLachlan Foundation to help bring music into the lives of young Canadians, especially in underserved communities, and in 2003 established the first Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Arts Umbrella Project in Vancouver's inner city. The program offers students free high-quality music lessons, educational workshops, mentorship and support networks to encourage students to explore the joys of music and learning.

A proponent of music education, she also finds time to help national music programs outside of her Foundation, including CARAS' music education charity, MusiCounts. In January 2008, McLachlan participated in the first Vancouver-area MusiCounts presentation, performing for more than 300 students from seven recipient schools who received much-needed Band Aid instrument grants.

McLachlan continues to be an inspirational role model for young Canadians, and recently helped to kick off the first-ever National Me To We Day on October 17, 2008, in Toronto. She joined an outstanding line-up of community leaders, motivational speakers and artists at a stadium event packed with thousands of young people in support of Free The Children, a global network of children helping children.

A well-known animal lover, McLachlan passionately advocates for animal rights. Since 2006, she has been the spokesperson for the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, speaking out on behalf of innocent animals that have suffered abuse and neglect. McLachlan sang a stirring rendition of her multiplatinum hit song "Angel" for a series of television spots to promote the BC SPCA's animal adoption campaign. Her sincere, soulful voice and socially conscious lyrics have touched millions of fans and helped raise awareness for numerous charitable causes close to her heart.

Since signing with Nettwerk Records in 1988, every one of Sarah McLachlan's studio and live albums and videos have been certified gold, platinum, multi-platinum or diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). She has sold over 26 million records worldwide since her debut album, TOUCH, followed by a string of monumental albums including FUMBLING TOWARDS ECSTASY (1994, 3X platinum), SURFACING (1997, diamond), MIRRORBALL (1999, 4X platinum) and AFTERGLOW (2003, 5X platinum).

McLachlan is an eight-time JUNO Award winner including a clean sweep in 1998 for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. She has also received Grammy Awards for her stellar hits, "Building a Mystery" (Best Female Pop Vocal, 1998), "Last Dance" (Best Pop Instrumental, 1998) and "I Will Remember You" which won for Best Female Pop Vocal in 1999.

The milestone release of CLOSER: THE BEST OF SARAH MCLACHLAN (October 2008) marks her first-ever career anthology featuring 13 classic tracks personally selected by the artist from her award-winning catalogue. The new collection arrives exactly two decades after her professional debut and celebrates her timeless hits while signalling a new beginning with two newly recorded and previously unreleased songs, "U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up On Us."

Sarah McLachlan follows country superstar Paul Brandt (2008), Tom Jackson (2007) and Bruce Cockburn (2006) who have received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

CARAS gratefully acknowledges CTV for its outstanding support of Canadian talent and for its support of this award.

For more information about the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, information on The 2009 JUNO Awards, or to download photos of Sarah McLachlan, go to

Sponsors of The 2009 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," The Province of British Columbia, The City of Vancouver, Music BC and Radio Starmaker Fund.

About Allan Waters
The late Allan Waters, founder of CHUM Limited, started off with Toronto's legendary 1050 CHUM in 1954. The broadcasting pioneer fostered a deep commitment in all CHUM radio and television stations to community involvement and public service. In 1967, he founded the CHUM Charitable Foundation to provide financial assistance to charitable organizations and social service agencies, which has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people. Allan Waters will always be remembered as a great leader with a commitment to community support.

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 38th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) please visit our websites at and

About CTV:
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The VSO and the Coalition for Music Education announce 2008 Principals of Music Award recipient

The VSO and the Coalition for Music Education announce

2008 Principals of Music Award recipient

Vancouver BC The Coalition for Music Education believes that a well-rounded education includes access to music from Kindergarten to Grade 12. For schools to offer music through choirs, bands and strings programs requires the support of school boards and administrators.

Not surprisingly, the attitudes of the school Principal can make all the difference. Without flexibility in time-tabling and a commitment to having a music specialist on staff, music classes will not thrive.

Since 2003, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has partnered with the Coalition for Music Education in BC to honour a school principal whose support and advocacy for music in his/her school help to create an environment in which music can flourish.

This years recipient is Mr. Kevin Vine, Principal of Salt Spring Island Middle School.

Mr. Vine has recently retired after many years of dedicated service. A testament to his commitment to music is that nearly half the student population of Salt Spring Middle School is in the music program. It is an honour to acknowledge Mr. Vines commitment to music in our schools.

The award will be presented by Maestro Bramwell Tovey at the November 8th Musically Speaking concert at the Orpheum. The award winner receives a plaque honouring their achievement and the music program at the school receives $500 from Tom Lee Music and a Tempus Drum specially made for the occasion.

Please visit the Coalition for Music Education at:

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nov 25: Classical Recording Foundation 2008 Awards in New York at Carnegie Hall

Classical Recording Foundation Announces 2008 Award Winners

Seventh Annual Awards Ceremony & Benefit

Tuesday, November 25 at 8 pm

Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall

57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC

Paul Chihara

CRF Composer of the Year

for Paul Chihara (Bridge 9267)

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Classical Recording Foundation Award

for George Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra

(Bridge 9252) with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Justin Brown, conductor

Paula Robison, flute

Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award

for Places of the Spirit: The Holy Land (Picker Gallery ISBN: 1-879985-19-5)

Mikhail Simonyan, violin

CRF Young Artist of the Year

for Prokofiev Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Delos 3385)

What: Classical Recording Foundation 2008 Awards Ceremony & Benefit

Program: Performances by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, flutist Paula Robinson,

violinist Mikhail Simonyan, and the Claremont Trio performing Paul Chihara's Ain't No Sunshine

When: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 8 pm

Where: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC)

Tickets & Information: $75 donation (Award Ceremony only) and $200+ donation (Award Ceremony and Reception). Call 914.738.8754 or visit

Praise for the Classical Recording Foundation:

"The Classical Recording Foundation (is) devoted to the proposition that posterity is despoiled when artists are

denied the chance to record their own interpretations of certain repertoire." The New Yorker

October 22, 2008 New York, NYThe Classical Recording Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce the 2008 winners of its annual Classical Recording Foundation Awards Paul Chihara, CRF Composer of the Year; pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, CRF Award; flutist Paula Robison, Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award; and Mikhail Simonyan, CRF Young Artist of the Year. The awards will be presented at the Foundation's Seventh Annual Awards Ceremony at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall (57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC). A benefit reception will follow.

The ceremony, for which the public may purchase tickets, will feature performances by the award winners, with the Claremont Trio (Emily Bruskin, violin; Julia Bruskin, 'cello; Donna Kwong, piano) performing Paul Chihara's Ain't No Sunshine. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will play Gershwin's Piano Preludes. Flutist Paula Robison (collaborating with violinist Adam Abeshouse, pianist Steve Beck, and guitarist Fred Hand) will present a range of music from Places of the Spirit: The Holy Land. A trip to Jerusalem with painter Jim Schantz including Shall We Gather at the River, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, plus the New York premiere of Blue by Bruce Stark. Violinist Mikhail Simonyan will perform Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No 2.

Paul Chihara, the CRF Composer of the Year, will be honored for his self-titled Bridge Records release. The album features his trio Ain't No Sunshine (2006) for piano, violin and 'cello; Piano Quintet ("La Foce") (2007); Minidoka (1996) for clarinet, viola, harp and percussion; and his orchestral work An Afternoon on the Perfume River (2002). Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed writes: "It is almost easier to think of Paul Chihara as several different composers. There is the Chihara whose sensitivity to exquisite instrumental color has made him a favorite with such performers as conductor Seiji Ozawa and the Sequoia String Quartet. There is, however, a strong theatrical side to Chihara which expresses itself in works for dance, musical theater and film. And there is Chihara's love for American popular music of the 30s and 40s." Many of these traits are evident in this panoramic survey of Paul Chihara's recent chamber and orchestral music: The piano trio Ain't No Sunshine is based on a blues ballad; Piano Quintet is based on an Italian WWII diary; Minidoka is based on Chihara's memories of his childhood years spent at the American WWII camp for Japanese Americans, Minidoka; and An Afternoon on the Perfume River, commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, takes its title from a poem by a North Vietnamese poet.

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will receive the CRF Award for her recent release, George Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra, a collaboration with conductor Justin Brown and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that in the recording, "McDermott finds little worlds of meaning in every phrase," while All Music Guide notes that "McDermott is simply awesome," and that the album is "outstanding in every respect." The disc was chosen as an Editor's Choice by Gramophone, and in an October 2008 review, the magazine noted that the performances "fly off the page with verve and confidence, rhythmic precision and real style."

The recipient of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award is flutist Paula Robison. She receives the honor in support of her Places of the Spirit: The Holy Land. A trip to Jerusalem with painter Jim Schantz, a book of images and CD of music inspired by her spring 2005 journey. It was released by Boston's Pucker Gallery in April 2008. Ms. Robison is "a rare artist who can make the flute sound both sensuous and classically pure . . . an absolute wonder," according to The New York Times. One of her favorite continuing projects is With Art, collaborations with visual artists in unusual spaces.

The 2008 winner of the CRF Young Artist of the Year Award is violinist Mikhail Simonyan. He receives the award for his debut recording of the Prokofiev Sonatas for Violin and Piano, with Alexei Podkorytov, to be released by Delos in January 2009. The Miami Herald declared, "Mikhail Simonyan . . . played with the poise, perfection and inner burning fire of a master like David Oistrakh in his prime on a good night." Performing and recording both Prokofiev Violin Sonatas is an undertaking near and dear to Mr. Simonyan's heart. He worked intensely on this repertoire with his mentor, violinist Victor Danchenko, a student of the great David Oistrakh for whom both sonatas were written.

The Classical Recording Foundation applies the universal model of philanthropically-supported live concerts to the recording of new classical performances. Since 2002, when it was founded by Grammy Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse, it has supported more than 20 new recordings. Each Award is tied to a fund administered by the Foundation and the participating record company, to accomplish the tasks of recording and promoting the awardee's recording project. The Award selection process begins with nominations by internationally renowned artists and scholars. Nominees are considered by an anonymous Grant Award Committee, which annually decides on the recipients and Award amounts. Criteria for Classical Recording Foundation Awards include artistic merit of the project, historic significance, strategic value to the artist's career, and breadth of interest.

2008 has been an exciting year for the Classical Recording Foundation and its award recipients from previous years. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who was honored in 2006 and 2007, recently received the prestigious Diapason D'or Award for her Bach Goldberg Variations recording. Cellist Zuill Bailey, also honored in 2006 and 2007, signed an exclusive record contract with Telarc, and will soon be releasing a recording of the Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich Cello Concerti, supported by CRF with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Last year's CRF Composer of the Year, Justin Dello Joio, has been commissioned to write a piano concerto for Garrick Ohlsson. CRF, in collaboration with Bridge records, received its first Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Composition for Barcelonazo, music for orchestra by Jorge Liderman. The Foundation was fortunate to receive a Copland Grant that provided partial funding of this recording. In 2008, CRF was awarded three Aaron Copland Grants, an Argosy Grant, and received continued support from the National Endowment for the Arts for its work on a new DVD release about eminent American composer George Crumb.

Artists who have benefited from CRF's support in previous years include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Kalish-Krosnick Duo, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Anne-Marie McDermott, Benita Valente, The Juilliard String Quartet, Andres Daz, Judith Gordon, George Crumb, the Harmonie Ensemble, Paul Moravec, Inon Barnatan, Stephen Jaffe, Benjamin Verdery, Giora Schmidt, Rohan De Silva, Simone Dinnerstein, Zuill Bailey, The Daedalus String Quartet, Michael Harrison, Vassily Primakov, Justin Dello Joio, and Richard Wernick.

CRF does not benefit from record sales or royalties, and depends entirely on support from generous individuals and corporations, as well as merit-based grants from public and private sources. The Classical Recording Foundation gives American classical artists means to record music about which they are passionate.

Classical Recording Foundation Board Members include Robert W. Jones; Dr. Julius H. Jacobson II, MD; Neil Yelsey,; Dimitri Sogoloff; and Adam Abeshouse, producer. The proceeds from the 2008 Classical Recording Foundation Award Ceremony and Benefit will go toward making the 2009 Awards possible.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Mayor's Arts Awards Lunch October 17

2008 Toronto Arts Council Foundation Awards To be Announced on October 17th At Mayors Arts Awards Lunch

Winners of the 2008 Toronto Arts Council Foundation Awards will be announced on Friday, October 17, 2008 at the third annual Mayors Arts Awards Lunch at the Arcadian Court hosted by broadcaster, writer and musician Jian Ghomeshi and Mayor David Miller. The awards celebrate artists, cultural professionals and arts supporters from every creative discipline who have made significant contributions to Torontos artistic and cultural life. Five awards, with cash prizes totalling $35,000, will be presented at the ceremony.

With this election were hearing a great deal of discussion about the role that the arts play in the life of this country both in the economy and as our expression of our identity, said executive director Claire Hopkinson. Celebrating our artists and celebrating the many people who make art happen is an important political statement.

The room will reflect the gamut of artistic activity in Toronto including filmmaker Patricia Rozema and TIFFG Executive Director Michle Maheux, music makers Joe Sealy, Justin Rutledge, Andrew Burashko and Patricia OCallaghan; literary lights Alana Wilcox and Kerri Sakamoto; theatre luminaries Martha Burns, Ted Dykstra, dbi.young.anitafrika, Albert Schultz and Franco Boni; visual arts mavens Sara Diamond, Jenn Goodwin and Peter Kingstone; arts city builders Adonis Huggins, Ruth Howard and Tim Jones; and Karen Kain, Mavis Staines and Peggy Baker from the world of dance.

The ceremony will also feature a special performance by the Regent Park School of Music choir with diva Jackie Richardson, one of Canadas foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz, led by choral director Wayne Strongman.

As previously announced, the 2008 Toronto Arts Council Foundation Awards finalists are:

Arts for Youth Award: Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (LKTYP); Mammalian Diving Reflex (MDR); and SKETCH Working Arts for Street-Involved and Homeless Youth.

The Globe and Mail Toronto Business for the Arts Award: BMO Financial Group; Concord Adex Developments; and Torys LLP;

RBC Emerging Artist Award: Actor, writer, producer and director Greg Atkins; pianist Glenda del Monte Escalante; and director and dramaturge Weyni Mengesha;

Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition: artistic director and conductor David Fallis; New Music Arts Projects (NMAP); and jazz musician and composer Richard Underhill;

William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Torontos Cultural Life: Clay and Paper Theatre founder David Anderson; Marc Glassman, community builder, arts journalist and film curator; and playwright, theatre administrator and arts activist Thomas Hendry.

For complete bios and background on the artists visit

Founding Event Sponsor RBC Financial Group and Media Sponsor The Globe and Mail are joined by this years Benefactors which include: Aeroplan, BMO Financial Group, The Dalton Company Ltd, The Daniels Corporation, Diana Bennett & Spencer Lanthier, B + H Architects, M. Joan Chalmers C.C., O.Ont, City of Toronto Cultural Services, Dancap Productions Inc., The Drake Hotel, George Fierheller, Roger and Kevin Garland, George Brown College, The George Partnership, Great-West Life Assurance Company, Donald K. Johnson, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, John D. McKellar, NOW Communications Inc., Ontario College of Art & Design, RBH Inc., Sun Life Financial, and Vector Aerospace.

Patrons include: Monica Armour, Cannon Design, Concord Adex Developments Corp., Creative Class Group, IBI Group, International Book Productions Inc., Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Sam Sniderman & Janet Mays, The Arts Advocate and TMX Group.

The 2008 individual award sponsors are Martha Burns, Business for the Arts, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Jim Fleck, James B. Pitblado, RBC Financial Group, and

The Globe and Mail.

Toronto Arts Council Foundation, existing to provide the creative opportunity for donors to support the arts in Toronto, believes that a great city demands great art, and by supporting, celebrating, financing and advocating for Torontos local artists, were improving the quality of life of all Torontonians. Although separate entities, the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council Foundation benefit by being run as sister organizations, ensuring close contact with the arts sector in Toronto and the continuous awareness of needs across the community.

For more information on the awards and the work of the Toronto Arts Council Foundation, please visit

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