OAF News

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.

 








Cihang Ma Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, November 18, 2019 - Cihang Ma is the 2019 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award, awarded to a Conservatory Program graduate at the Second City Training Program.  Cihang was presented the award Saturday, November 16th 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.

A recent graduate of the Sketch Conservatory Program at Second City, Cihang Ma is a regular performer in the Toronto improv and sketch comedy scene. She has performed with Bad Dog Theatre (Poke Prov, Pushpins Longform Format), Social Capital Theatre (24hr Sketch Festival, TO Celebration of Improv Fest, and Songza), the Comedy Bar (RiOT All Fem & Non-Binary comedy, Zero Hour Improv) and the Second City’s Carpe Into My DMs.

“Cihang has boundless energy and a passion to learn something new with every performance,” said Kevin Frank, Artistic Director, Second City Training Centre & Education. “She was a very popular camp assistant, this past summer at our Improv Camps. The campers loved her.”

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

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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.

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

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