Finalists

And I Alone Escaped To Tell You

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And I Alone Escaped To Tell You

Creator: Sylvia D. Hamilton Nominator: Dorota Glowacka Bound in a beautifully designed edition published by Gaspereau Press in 2014, these poems describe the settlement of African peoples in Nova Scotia. The author herself is a direct descendant of the free, self-liberated Black Refugees from the War of 1812. The narrative is focused through an intimate lens, with each speaker gifted with a distinct voice, magnified through devices such as lyric poetry, haiku, epistle, persona poems and poetic prose. Hamilton reinvents the genre of the “slave...

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Black Cop

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Black Cop

Creator: Cory Bowles Nominator: Nelson MacDonald Produced by Aaron Horton and premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, Black Cop is Cory Bowles’ first feature-length film. A provocative satire, the film implicates audiences in the phenomenon of anti-black racism. Bowles is a well-known African-Nova Scotian screen actor, dancer and choreographer who brought all of his skills to the making of Black Cop. Remarkably, the film integrates material in a variety of formats, including POV shots from chest cams, cell phones and TV...

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Crazy Girl Crazy

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Crazy Girl Crazy

Creator: Barbara Hannigan Nominator: Lorna MacDonald Born in Waverley, Nova Scotia, Barbara Hannigan now enjoys an international career as a conductor and soprano. Her 2017 debut recording Crazy Girl Crazy presents a program she devised, including Berg’s Lulu Suite, her new arrangement of music from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, and Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. The pieces are linked in a dramaturgical way, through an emotional theme. Throughout the album, the roles of conductor and soprano soloist are combined in the person of Barbara...

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In The Wide Awe and Wisdom – Choral Works by Paul Halley

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In The Wide Awe and Wisdom – Choral Works by Paul Halley

Creator: Paul Halley Nominator: Barbara Butler The nominated work is a recording released in 2017 of works composed and produced by Paul Halley with young Haligonian choristers trained by him and accompanied by him on the organ in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax.  The music is grounded in Western traditions of polyphony and counterpoint, enriched with Halley’s knowledge of jazz and the music of West Africa.  The title track sets the poem by Charles G.D. Roberts, a professor at King’s College in the late 19th century. In this and...

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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Creators: Christian Barry, Ben Caplan and Hannah Moscovitch Nominator: Karen Gross, 2b Theatre Company (Self Nomination) Combining music and theatre, Old Stock’s creators have developed a cohesive work of art that does not bend theatre or music to the other’s demands. The spoken text tells the story of Moscovitch’s great grandparents’ arrival in Canada in 1907 as Jewish refugees from Romania—and how they fell in love after meeting by chance. The original music derives from Klezmer, Rock and Roll, Folk and Jewish liturgical music. As the show...

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