Nominations announced for Arts Council awards

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The band The Once is nominated for the BMO Bank of Montreal Artist of the year award, which will be handed out May 18 during the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Awards gala. — Submitted photo

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and visual arts curator/writer Patricia Grattan will be inducted into the Fortis Properties Arts Hall of Honour next month.

The induction will take place during the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s annual Arts Awards Show and Gala, set to take place at MUN’s D.F. Cook Recital Hall in St. John’s May 18.

Six awards will be presented to artists who work in a variety of disciplines.

This year’s nominees were announced Thursday morning and are:

‰    Memorial University Arts in Education award: musician/writer Ed Kavanagh, dancer Lynn Panting, musician Susan Quinn.

‰    Cox and Palmer Arts Achievement award: visual artist Scott Goudie, visual artist Gerry Porter, filmmaker Nigel Markham.

‰    CBC Emerging Artist 2012: visual artist Michael Gough, musician Andrew James O’Brien, filmmaker/writer Wanda Nolan.

‰    BMO Bank of Montreal Artist of the Year: musician Duane Andrews, the band The Once, visual artist Michael Pittman.

As well, the Patron of the Arts award will be presented to John and Peggy Fisher.

Actress Krystin Pellerin of the CBC show “Republic of Doyle” will host the gala, which will feature performances by Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, Andy Jones and Nathan Cook.

Artist Veselina Tomova is creating pieces of art to be presented to the award winners.

“It’s always exciting to look back over the past year, … and this year’s (gala) will feature a packed program,” said Reg Winsor, executive director of the arts council.

“The talent and professionalism embodied in the vibrant provincial arts and cultural community is energetic and to be applauded.”

Organizations: Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, CBC, Fortis Properties Arts Hall Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Memorial University Arts BMO Bank of Montreal Artist of the Year

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  • meho
    April 22, 2013 - 12:58

    the issue I have with these awards is that at the end of the day, one group/person "wins", while two others "lose". whats the point? Are the losers not as good? What is the real criteria for gauging one discipline against another? Its too bad really, that 2 people/groups that are nominated and dont "win", ulitmately feel not as good. I really dont see the point. All three nominated in each category should be considered winners, end of story.