Vancouver New Music artistic director Giorgio Magnanensi, Neworld Theatre's Marcus Youssef, and Arts Umbrella's Artemis Gordon are just some of the winners of this year's Mayor's Arts Awards.
The prizes, handed out in many different cultural categories, are unique because they require each recipient to honour an emerging artist in their own field.The Mayor's Arts Awards will be presented at a ceremony on October 11 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. All receive a $3,000 prize.
Among the winners announced this morning:
• Magnanensi chose emerging composer Stefan Maier for music;
• Gordon selected Ballet BC's Livona Ellis (a graduate of her dance program at Arts Umbrella) for dance
• and Youssef chose actor Conor Wylie for theatre;
• Brendan Lee Satish Tang nominated Shaun Peter Mallonga for craft and design;
• Mary Mackay chose Leah Patitucci for culinary arts;
• Filmmaker Peg Campbell selected Anaïsa Visser for film and new media;
• Judy Radul put forward Julian Hou for visual arts;
• Bryan Newson gave the nod to creative team Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling for public art;
• Earle Peach named Ariel Martz-Oberlander for community engaged arts;
• and Joanne Arnott nominated Wil George for literary arts.
Meanwhile, Choo Chiat Goh, of the Goh Ballet Academy, will take home a lifetime achievement award on the night of the ceremony. Three other prizes go to support for the arts: Henry Lau for volunteerism and arts board member of the year; Donald Shumka for philanthropy; and London Drugs for business support.
The winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award will also be announced at the event on October 11. The ceremony will also honour the work of the City’s Poet Laureate, Artist Live-Work Studio Award recipients, and the community members who contributed to the jury process. Honourees in the studio and performing-arts categories are chosen by juries of their peers, consisting of previous Mayor's Arts Awards recipients.