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Meg Mackay Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragment Award

Toronto, October 27, 2015 - Meg MacKay was awarded the 2015 Tim Sims Encouragement Award at the 20th Anniversary Cream of Comedy held Monday at The Second City. The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career.  Meg MacKay was nominated for the award by the faculty of the  Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts. 

2015 Winner of the Tim Sims Encouragement Award, Meg Mackay

From the sleepy shores of Prince Edward Island, Meg MacKay moved to Toronto to pursue comedy in 2013. Since then she has performed at a number of festivals including Toronto Sketchfest, the Cottage Country Comedy Festival, and the Halifax Pop Explosion. Meg graduated from Humber College in 2015.

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.  The award was presented at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City, which featured comedy performances by five outstanding jury-selected Tim Sims Award Nominees.  

Beginning in 2015, the award will be 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.

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List of Previous Tim Sims Award Winners

For more information, please contact:

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


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