Ontario Celebrates Outstanding Artists



    McGuinty Government Announces Finalists For Premier's Awards

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is shining the spotlight on the province's artists and arts
organizations with the release of this year's finalists for the Premier's
Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
    The winning artist will receive $35,000 and will select a new or emerging
artist to receive a prize of $15,000. The winning arts organization will be
awarded $50,000. The remaining finalists will each receive $2,000.

    
    Finalists in the artist category are:

    -  Lydia Adams, artistic director of the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto
    -  Norm Foster, Ancaster playwright
    -  Gary Kulesha, Toronto composer, pianist, conductor and teacher of
       classical music
    -  Ron Mann, Toronto documentary film-maker
    -  Ahdri Zhina Mandiela, Toronto founder and artistic director of
       "b current" performance arts company
    -  Albert Moritz, Toronto poet

    Finalists in the arts organization category are:

    -  Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, of Toronto
    -  Guelph Jazz Festival, of Guelph
    -  Harbourfront Centre, of Toronto
    -  imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, of Toronto
    -  Toronto Artscape Inc., of Toronto
    -  VTape, of Toronto

    The winners will be announced June 23 at an event at the Wychwood Barns
    in Toronto.

    QUOTES

    "This year's finalists for the Premier's Awards for Excellence in the
    Arts showcase the enormous impact artists have on our province's economy,
    and our quality of life. Our artists help us exchange ideas, images,
    stories and experiences that are uniquely Canadian."
    - Culture Minister Aileen Carroll

    QUICK FACTS

    -  The Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts are administered by
       the Ontario Arts Council (http://www.arts.on.ca/page11.aspx).
    -  Over 250,000 people earn their living in Ontario's culture sector,
       including 52,000 professional artists.
    -  The culture sector generates nearly $20 billion of Ontario's Gross
       Domestic Product.

    LEARN MORE

    About the McGuinty government's increased support
    (http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/about/news.htm) for arts and
    culture in Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Sarah Petravan, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Lisa Robart, Communications Branch, (416) 212-3928

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