Finalists announced for 2017 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards

March 31, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17, the 2017 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts will be presented at a gala reception at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. The finalists were announced at a news conference this morning.

The awards event, now in its fourth year, is a project of the Sudbury Arts Council in collaboration with Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS).
In addition to the honour of being recognized by their peers, the artists will be awarded cash bursaries to help them continue to pursue their creative projects.

The Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist, a cash prize of $2,500, will be presented to a professional artist with 10 years or less of professional artistic practice for the excellence and creativity of her or his artworks and performances. The nominees are sculptor Tyler Fauvelle, music video producer/director Shawn Kosmerly and visual artist Alix Voz.

The Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist, a $2,500 bursary, will be presented to a mid-career artist with more than 10 years of experience, for his or her sustained efforts to pursue a professional career in the arts and to produce new works, while contributing to the development and betterment of the Greater Sudbury arts community. The nominees are visual artist Wallace Gillard, musicians Jeff, Mitch and Julie Houle and actor/director STC artistic director Caleb Marshall.

The Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts, which comes with a $3,500 bursary, will be presented to a professional artist for exceptional contribution to the arts during their career spanning more than 25 years through an extensive body of works in one or several disciplines, as well as through her/his contribution over time to the development and betterment of the Greater Sudbury arts community. The nominees are author/poet Roger Nash, and visual artist Oryst Sawchuk.

The 2017 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts gala is pleased to host an exhibition of talented secondary school artists curated by the Art Gallery of Sudbury. In addition, there will be live stage performances throughout the evening. A popular silent auction is made possible by generous donations from supporters of the arts. Emcees for the evening are popular radio hosts Mellaney Dahl from 92.7 Rock and Eric Robitaille from CBC Radio Canada.

Tickets, $50 (before handling fees) are available at the Sudbury Theatre Centre box office and website. Tickets are also available at Artists on Elgin (cash only).

The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts wishes to thank its generous sponsors:
title sponsor RBC; presenting media partner Eastlink; RBC Emerging Artist Foundation; Autumnwood Mature Lifestyle Communities; Fidelity Investments; Agilis Networks; @Home Energy; Sudbury Credit Union; Journal Printing; Sudbury Living Magazine; SPWC Chartered Professional Accountants; Laking Toyota; Querney’s Office Plus; Lougheeds, Northern Life, Le Voyageur, and Le Loup FM.

NOMINEES’ BIOGRAPHIES

EMERGING ARTISTS

Tyler Fauvelle – Sculptor

Born in Northern Ontario, Tyler started sculpting as a child and has been a professional sculptor since 2008. Inspired by Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, he sculpts in clay and casts his work in bronze or in a metal-infused medium. His public monumental artworks include commemorations of indigenous military heroes and activists, cultural figures and Canadian mining pioneers. He is currently working on a military commemorative bronze to be unveiled in St. Thomas later this year.
Tyler lives and works in Lively, Ontario, with his wife and partner, Jana.

Shawn Kosmerly – Music Video Producer/Director

Musician. Filmmaker. Comedian. Ding-dong. Shawn Kosmerly is a man of too many hats. Kosmerly founded Here Kitty Kitty Productions in 2012 which has produced over two dozen music videos, several of them award-winning. In 2016, Kosmerly co-founded Hot Mess, a monthly comedy show that focuses on using stand-up comedy to help cope with mental illness and confidence issues. Kosmerly has been playing in bands since he was 15 and currently plays in Dirty Princes, Lazy Daisies, Beanhead and Donut Boy, Ghost Cat and his own solo work. Shawn also teaches film part-time at Sudbury Secondary School.

Alix Voz – Visual Artist

Alix Voz is an artist, a curator and a graduate student at York University in the Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s program. Her art based research explores cultural geography, natural and built environments and longing for northern-Ontario’s francophone culture. Alix earned a Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture Graduate Diploma (York) and holds a BFA (Nipissing). She creates contemporary artwork with elements of architecture and landscapes. Her thesis exhibition, Beyond Northern Familiarity, opened at the Art Gallery of Sudbury and closed at the Propeller Gallery in Toronto. In 2017, the Living Arts Centre (Mississauga) featured a plein air painting of the Sudbury landscape in the Deep Roots exhibition.

MID-CAREER ARTISTS

Wallace Gillard – Visual Artist

Wallace R. Gillard needs to scribble. It’s a habit that allows him to focus. Raised in Copper Cliff, ON, Wallace relies on artistic expression as a calming agent.
He is a painter and illustrator whose work has been described as quizzical and vibrantly captivating. Working in a variety of mediums, Wallace uses rich colour and crisp lines to develop artworks that reflect his respect for nature, his global wanderings, and his understanding of the world around him. Wallace currently works as a teacher, mentor and facilitator of mural projects for local community organizations in and around the Greater Sudbury Area.

Jeff, Mitch and Julie Houle – Musicians

The Houle siblings, Jeff, Julie and Mitch, have forged an impressive artistic partnership working for two decades to build an inclusive and inspiring community of artists in Sudbury and internationally.
Mitch’s Brain Tape, a local label and radio show facilitates, produces and promotes Northern artists. He also runs a recording studio. Jeff has performed over 20 years, is a promoter, music librarian, location manager, production coordinator and assistant film director. In 2007, Julie co-founded the textile and design shop Mimi & Lulu. She is currently the creative force and front-person of Sudbury punk band The Ape-ettes.
Mitch and Jeff of the power-pop giants Statues signed to esteemed record label, Deranged. Releasing four albums and touring 15+ countries, Statues put Sudbury on the map as innovators in the global punk rock scene.Mitch and Jeff have also contributed to many local groups.Mitch as Mick Futures released a successful debut album in 2015 and Jeff as Strange Attractor racked up 9 releases and praise from local, national and international press.
Jeff, Julie and Mitch’s positive attitude, DIY approach, and strong sense of family continues to be a driving force behind Sudbury’s arts scene.

Caleb Marshall – Actor, Director, Artistic Director

As the Artistic Executive Director for The Sudbury Theatre Centre, he expanded programming to include a diverse Performing Arts Series. The theatre saw a significant increase in community partnerships, a Cabaret Series as well as the first season devoted to Northern Ontario. A Fredericton native, he spent six seasons as the Artistic Producer for Theatre New Brunswick. He’s produced over 70 projects and seen the highest percentage of local professionals on stage at both TNB and STC. He’s served as resident director on tour for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre UK. As an actor he spent four seasons at The Stratford Festival and has premiered roles for the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, The Blyth Festival and the Old Vic. He holds an Acting BFA from York, a Directing MFA from Middlesex and trained with The Stratford Conservatory, Moscow’s GITIS Academy, The Banff Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe. Caleb is on the Board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. He has received the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award and a New Brunswick Arts Board Excellence Award. He’s engaged to Actress, Musical Director and teacher, Meredith Zwicker.

EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ARTS

Roger Nash- Author, Poet

Roger emigrated to Sudbury 50 years ago and is its inaugural Poet Laureate. As President of the League of Canadian Poets, he helped create the National Poet Laureate position in Ottawa and held the most successful Canadian poetry fund-raiser on record, in Sudbury. Literary awards include the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Story Award. Latitude 46 will publish Whazzat?, his latest poetry collection and nineteenth book this Fall. His poetry books have been published across Canada: by Fiddlehead Press (New Brunswick), to Quarry Press, Buschek Books and Scrivener Press (Ontario), to Bayeux Arts (Calgary, Vancouver). His poems appear in juried literary journals across Canada, the U.K. and U.S.A. He plays a continuing role as mentor of Sudbury writers, at public events and individually, in organizations including both School Boards, Finlandia, Extendicare, Pioneer Manor, and our Public Library – where he runs a monthly Open Mic.

Oryst Sawchuk – Visual Artist

Oryst Sawchuk is an architect, a graphic designer, a painter, a sculptor and a musician, as well as a community leader. His artistic expression is rooted in social consciousness and a sense of our shared humanity. His contributions go back several decades, when as a member of the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, he championed the establishment of Bell Mansion as an art gallery. In the mid-1990s, he established his own gallery, Acorn Gallery on Oak.
He has contributed of time and talent to the Sudbury Arts Council (SAC), the Art Gallery of Sudbury. For the Association of United Ukrainian-Canadians, he produced numerous music, theatre and spoken word events at the Jubilee Centre.
As a member of (SAC), he conceived the idea of an artists’ live/work housing co-op (Arts Junction) and the founding of Gallery 6500 at the Steelworkers’ Hall.
Sawchuk won a Community Builders Award in 2010 for his contribution to “Excellence in the Arts”.