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Finalists Announced for Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

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Finalists Announced for Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Ontario Marks Achievements of Artists and Arts Organizations

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is celebrating the 12 finalists for the 2015 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The awards recognize the extraordinary achievements of the province's artists and arts organizations. The 2015 laureates will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Ontario Museum on October 20 in Toronto.

This year's finalists are:

Artist

  • Jennifer Baichwal, Toronto; nominated in the Media Arts category
  • Christi Belcourt, Espanola; nominated in the Visual Arts category
  • Jane Bunnett, Toronto; nominated in the Music category
  • Barry  Dempster, Holland Landing; nominated in the Literature category
  • Alex Pauk, Toronto; nominated in the Music category
  • Mavis Staines, Toronto; nominated in the Dance category

Arts Organization                                                                           

  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton; nominated in the Visual Arts category     
  • Éditions Prise de parole, Sudbury; nominated in the Literature category                  
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto; nominated in the Media Arts category
  • ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto; nominated in the Media Arts category                         
  • SOULPEPPER THEATRE COMPANY, Toronto; nominated in the Theatre category
  • Young People's Theatre, Toronto; nominated in the Theatre category 

Celebrating the contributions of artists and arts organizations supports the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts program is administered by the Ontario Arts Council and recognizes exceptional achievement in the arts in Ontario.
  • The winning artist receives $35,000 and selects a new or emerging artist, who receives $15,000. The winning arts organization is awarded $50,000. The remaining finalists in both categories each receive $2,000.
  • The culture sector generates nearly $22 billion annually for Ontario’s economy and supports about 280,000 jobs.
  • The province is home to 58,000 professional artists.
  • This fall, Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy.

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Kathleen Wynne

“Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2015 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Arts and culture are an integral part of the fabric of our province. From visual arts to dance, music to theatre, literature to film and television, art doesn’t just entertain — it reflects who we are as a society, it sheds light on the past and tells us about our future. The Ontario government is proud to support these artists and art organizations through the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

Michael Coteau

“The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts showcase the outstanding contributions of our artists and arts organizations and the work they do to bring the arts into communities across Ontario. I am proud of this year’s finalists and their inspiring accomplishments that contribute to our province’s vibrant arts and cultural landscape.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“We are delighted to partner with the Ontario government in recognizing the 2015 finalists for the Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. These artists and organizations have enriched our province with their exceptional artistic contributions, and their commitment to bringing people together through creativity and shared arts experiences.”

Rita Davies

Chair, Ontario Arts Council

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

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