The Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation celebrates La Compagnie Marie
Chouinard with 2010 Arts Achievement Award

MONTREAL, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation is delighted to announce that La Compagnie Marie Chouinard is the winner of the 2010 Arts Achievement Award.

"La Compagnie Marie Chouinard exemplifies excellence in Canadian dance," said Joan Pennefather, General Manager of the Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation. "For over 10 years, it has brought its unique interpretations to the world, broke new ground in dance and garnering accolades from critics and peers."

Chosen from among four nominated dance companies, La Compagnie Marie Chouinard stood out by virtue of its consistent drive for innovation and originality as well as its solid growth and sustainability as an organization.

Established in 2009 to recognize sustained artistic excellence and innovative achievement by a Canadian arts organization, the Arts Achievement Award is donated on a rotational basis among art forms beginning with the Visual Arts in 2009. This year the category is Dance.

The nominees were selected by three peer nominators deeply versed in this area and retained to provide their expert recommendations. A selection committee brought forward one recommendation for the recipient of the $75,000 Award to the Foundation's Board of Directors who made the final decision.

    The nominators for the 2010 Arts Achievement Award in Dance were:

    - Danièle de Fontenay, co-founder and Artistic Director, Usine C,
    - William Littler, former dance, theatre and music critic for 30 years,
      The Toronto Star, Toronto
    - Max Wyman, former dance critic for 30 years, The Vancouver Sun,

    The selection committee for the 2010 Arts Achievement Award consisted of:

    - Simon Brault, head of the National Theatre School
    - Colin McIntyre, former manager of the Grands Ballets Canadien
    - Don Shipley, former director of many large theatres in Canada and

Details on the Arts Achievement Award, and the Foundation's Local Community Program, are available on the website at

Established in 2005, the Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation is a private charitable foundation funded solely by Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited and is responsible for managing the Company's donations programs.

SOURCE Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation

For further information: For further information: Catherine Doyle, Tel: (514) 932-6161 x2332, Fax: (514) 932-2695, Email:

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