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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. 

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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.

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2019 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, November 14, 2019 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2019 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants  
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough  $6,600
Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa   $8,000
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay   $2,250


Development Grants

 
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo   $4,150
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener   $7,500

Norfolk Arts Centre, Simcoe   $3,000

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto    $7,500

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock   $6,000


“The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program provided funding this year for several acquisitions to galleries permanent collections that will be meaningful and representative of their collection mandates,” says
Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “Development grants continue to enhance a gallery or museum's ability to engage with their communities both local and abroad.”

Acquisition grants are matching grants for private donations raised by public galleries and museums for the acquisition of Canadian works of art for their permanent collection. Development grants support initiatives that increase the public’s knowledge of collecting or a gallery or museum’s permanent collection, and help make a gallery or museum’s permanent collection more accessible to the public.

The grant decisions were made by an Ontario Arts Council jury made up of arts professionals with broad knowledge and experience of public gallery activities in Ontario. The 2019 jury members were Rhéanne Chartrand (Hamilton) curator; Fynn Leitch (Peterborough) curator; and Leila Timmins (Toronto) curator.

The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.


For information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director

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 out over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, Canada.  The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North.

 

About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon, a founder of The Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. Her passions and interests, in addition to friends and family, were about art, museums, for showing and sharing art publicly, and for the public value of good design.  Her contribution to the Gordon Foundation was to insist on grants for the arts.  For many years, she volunteered regularly with the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), taking great interest in stimulating Gallery membership. Through The Gordon Foundation, Elizabeth Gordon encouraged emerging art galleries and museums across Ontario by providing grants to enable them to purchase original works of art. To honour her, the Foundation established the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, providing an enduring memory of Mrs. Gordon’s patronage and appreciation of Canadian art.

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