Deepa Mehta, Alan Rickman, Patti Smith named to Glenn Gould Prize jury

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TORONTO - Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, American poet and rocker Patti Smith and British actor Alan Rickman are among the artists who have been named to the jury for the 10th Glenn Gould Prize.

The $50,000 award is awarded biennially to a living individual for a lifetime contribution to the arts.

Other jurors include Montreux Jazz Festival general manager Claude Nobs, Hong Kong arts philanthropist David Tang and opera tenor Rolando Villazon.

This year's winner will be announced at a news conference on Feb. 21 at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Past laureates include Leonard Cohen, Yo-Yo Ma and Oscar Peterson.

"The jury's formidable task is to select a laureate whose life's work manifests the values of innovation, inspiration and transformation," said Glenn Gould Foundation executive director Brian Levine in a statement.

Organizations: Sony Centre, Performing Arts, Glenn Gould Foundation

Geographic location: TORONTO, Hong Kong

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