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Cameron LaPrairie Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, November 9, 2016 - Cameron LaPrairie is the 2016 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award, awarded to a Conservatory Program graduate at the Second City Training Program.  Cameron was presented the award Saturday, November 5th at Second City's "A Year in Revue - Conservatory Showcase".  The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career.

Cameron LaPrairie has been performing improv and sketch comedy in Toronto since 2012. He has worked with a variety of troupes, performing in Toronto Sketchfest, Montreal Fringe and more.  A graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program and the Longform Program, he and his alumni team Grim Diesel have performed in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York City.

"I am honoured and humbled to have received the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award," said Cameron LaPrairie.  “I am excited to put the money towards producing both live improv and sketch comedy shows, as well as video projects."

“We are so proud to award the 2016 Tim Sims Encouragement award to Cameron LaPrairie,” said Kevin Frank, Artistic Director, Second City Training & Education Program.  “Cameron has been an active student of the Second City Training Centre for the past four years as well as a regular performer on the Toronto comedy scene. He is truly a gifted emerging talent. “

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City.   Beginning in 2015, the $2,500 award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

List of Past Winners


For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

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