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Announcing the Deborah Jarvis Award for Emerging Comediennes

Toronto, February 24, 2020 - A new annual award celebrating young comediennes at the beginning of their careers is being launched this spring. The Deborah Jarvis Award for Emerging Comediennes, sponsored by the Second City Training Centre in Toronto, will identify and award talented young comediennes at the beginning of their careers. The award is in honour of the late Deborah Jarvis, a much loved actor, comedienne and writer.

The inaugural award will be given at the showcase Drop Dead Funny; The Deborah Jarvis Award for Emerging Comediennes on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 8:00 PM, at the John Candy Box Theatre, Second City, 99 Blue Jays Way, featuring performances by the award recipient and shortlisted comediennes.


About Deborah Jarvis
Deborah Jarvis had a long varied career as both an actor, comedienne and writer. She acted in Toronto and at Stratford.  She played the early comedy clubs on Yonge Street when young women didn't do that.  She toured with the Second City National Touring Company and performed in the Second City Main Stage Company in Toronto where she worked with a young Mike Myers. She then turned to a career creating, writing and story-editing popular young people's television like Ready or Not, Majority Rules, Miss BG, Eckhart, Treasure Trekkers and Beat Bugs, for which the writing team won a Daytime Emmy. By the time she was ready to retire, her career encompassed story editing international teams of writers on three continents and working for world-spanning co-productions in multiple languages. Learn more about Deborah here >>


About the Award
The Second City Training Centre will oversee the award nomination and selection process.

The Deborah Jarvis Award Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation to provide the prize money for the award. Donations can be made online at https://www.oafdn.ca/donations/new - select the “Deborah Jarvis Award Fund” from the Fund drop-down menu. A charitable receipt for tax purposes will be issued.

(Second City Touring Ensemble, c. 1985, left to right, Barb Muller, Tim Sims, Ed Sahely, Pat Yeatman, John Costello, Deb Jarvis, Peter Sherk, Randy Vancourt, Tom Melissis)

“This award was established to encourage young female comics in taking the next steps towards a professional career in comedy,” says award co-founder and Deborah Jarvis’ husband John Corbett. “It is important to support and encourage comediennes at the beginning of their careers, a place where Deborah and every other female comic found herself at one time.”

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019 the OAF paid over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships. 

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Zvondai Muchenje Honoured with Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award

Toronto, February 19, 2020 - Zvondai Muchenje is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator AwardThe award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education.


About Zvondai Muchenje

Ottawa Baha’i musician Zvondai Muchenje has been sharing his love for music, teaching African hand drums and marimbas to students for over ten years. He leads workshops in secondary schools and classes for children and adults in the community.

As a child Zvondai played drums in his native Zambia and as a teenager he learned marimba, playing by ear the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. After coming to Ottawa, he continued to share his passion for marimba, forming “The Colour of Diversity” band, composed of his students. The band plays at several community events in Ottawa including at senior residences, Multifaith Housing Initiative events, Baha’i activities, and the Ottawa Community Housing projects.

About the Award
The Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award recognizes an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator Award.  The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process.  The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council's peer assessment process from the applicants to the Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program.

Previous recipients include Chuck Commanda (2018), Yaovi Hoyi (2017), and Jamaal Rogers (2016). See the full list of previous recipients.


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 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019, the OAF paid over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2018-2019 the Ontario Arts Council invested $61.1 million in 228 communities across Ontario through 2,252 grants to individual artists and 1,424 grants to organizations. 

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Composer Jordan Pal is awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award

Toronto, November 20, 2019 - Jordan Pal is the recipient of the $7,000 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. The award recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers.  This award is in support of Pal's commission Upwell to be presented by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in April 2020

About Jordan Pal
Jordan Pal is an award-winning composer and a leading voice of his generation in the Canadian concert music scene. He was the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s RBC Affiliate Composer from 2015-2018 and was the National Youth Orchestra of Canada’s 2014-2015 RBC Composer-in-Residence. According to CBC, Pal’s music is “some of the most beautiful (they) have heard in recent years…shimmering and warm, quivering with life and intelligence.”

Pal has been commissioned and performed by many of Canada’s finest orchestras and ensembles, including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Jonathan Crow with Toronto Summer Music, Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition, Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Windsor Symphony, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Regina Symphony, National Academy Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay Symphony, Victoria Symphony, London Symphonia, Brantford Symphony, Scarborough Philharmonic, the Mississauga Symphony, and more.

Jordan Pal is a two-time Juno-nominee and holds a Doctorate degree in composition from the University of Toronto, which he received under the mentorship of Gary Kulesha.

About the Award
The Kathleen McMorrow Music Award was established in 2015. Kathleen McMorrow headed the Music Library at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1974 to 2013. She established the award to recognize and encourage the composition and presentation of Canadian contemporary classical music.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected from the applicants to one of the two annual Ontario Arts Council Music Creation Projects program deadlines.

Jurors for the 2019 award were composer / singer / dancer / educator Bageshree Vaze (Toronto), composer / educator John Burke (Marmora), performer / improvisor / creator Alex Bilodeau (Ottawa), creator Ayo Leilani (Caledon Village), and musician / cultural advocate Allen Magama (Waterloo).

Previous award winners include Chan Ka Nin (2018) and Frank Horvat (2017).


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 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019, the OAF paid over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2018-2019 the Ontario Arts Council invested $61.1 million in 228 communities across Ontario through 2,252 grants to individual artists and 1,424 grants to organizations. 

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 








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