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2011 Premier's Awards For Excellence In The Arts

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2011 Premier's Awards For Excellence In The Arts

McGuinty Government Recognizes Outstanding Artists and Arts Organizations

Ontario honoured its most outstanding artist and arts organizations today at the 2011 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual awards honour both well-established artists, emerging artists and arts organizations across the province.

Individual Artist Award was won by David Earle, co-founder of the Toronto Dance Theatre and founder of Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) -- an organization that works to preserve his repertoire, and to serve as a forum for younger artists whose concern is the expression of humanity in dance.

The Arts Organization Award honoured Vtape, a distribution and information resource centre that works to make contemporary video artworks accessible to educators, curators and public audiences worldwide. 

The Premier's Award for New or Emerging Individual Talent recognized Robert Kingsbury, graduate of York University's Fine Arts. Kingsbury has screened multi-disciplinary films, sound-edited and composed for full-length dance works and run a choreographic exchange. He currently trains with Dancetheatre David Earle in Guelph.

Recognizing Ontario's artists and investing in talent is part of the province's Open Ontario Plan to help the economy in Turning The Corner and provide better opportunity for Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • There are 56,900 professional artists in Ontario.
  • The culture sector generates over $20 billion annually to Ontario's economy.
  • Ontario's entertainment and creative industries support over 300,000 jobs.
  • The Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts are managed by the Ontario Arts Council and were created in 2006 to reflect the province's appreciation of the arts in Ontario.

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“We are proud to be the first government in Ontario to establish Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Our government values the vital role that artists and arts organizations play in enriching communities across our province.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism and Culture

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