Winner and Finalists

Refuge

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 | Comments Off on Refuge

Creator: Mary Vingoe Nominator: Wendy Lill Incorporating verbatim and fictional text, Refuge tells the emotionally riveting story of a former child soldier from Eritrea who seeks refugee status in Canada, and the people who try to help him. Set partly in Halifax, the action moves backward and forward in time and space. Overall, Refuge evokes the problems faced by refugee claimants in Canada. Jury Comments: The jury praised the vividness with which the script conveys character and action, and its engagement with a locally significant topic. By...

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Responsio – Peter-Anthony Togni

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Responsio – Peter-Anthony Togni

Winner of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award Creator: Peter-Anthony Togni Nominator: Jeff Joudrey Responsio, a fifty-minute musical work scored for solo bass clarinet and vocal quartet builds upon a pre-existing composition, Guillaume de Machaut’s 1365 Mass the Messe de Nostre Dame. The composer juxtaposes bursts of bass clarinet improvisation against through-composed vocal material, forming a continuous commentary on the relationship of the individual to the collective. This contemporary recomposition of a...

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The Thundermaker

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Creator: Alan Syliboy Nominator: David Diviney An established Mi’kmaq artist, Syliboy’s artistic vocabulary is inspired by the indigenous petroglyphs of Nova Scotia. His immersive installation The Thundermaker is built around the recently discovered and translated Mi’kmaq legend, “The Stone Canoe,” in which the Thundermaker story is embedded. The installation begins with a circle of text panels illustrated with Syliboy’s drawings, and culminates with a tipi containing a projected animation film of the story.  The animation was executed under...

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Harmonic Motion

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Creators: Toshiko H. MacAdam and Charles MacAdam Nominator: Sandra Brownlee Harmonic Motion is an enormous, interactive crocheted play structure commissioned in 2013 and installed in an art gallery in Rome as part of a major Italian contemporary art festival.  Its colourful, net-like structure is typical of the productions of the MacAdams. The materials were processed, dyed and hand-crocheted in their Bridgetown, Nova Scotia studio. Harmonic Motion comes alive when one child’s movement within it initiates a chain reaction.  Energy is...

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‘I am in need of music,’ the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary legacy recording

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Creators: Suzie LeBlanc (soprano); Emily Doolittle, Christos Hatzis, Alasdair MacLean, and John Plant (composers) Nominator: Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia ‘I am in need of music,’ the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary legacy recording, the brainchild of the Nova Scotian soprano Suzie LeBlanc, is a musical program which commemorates the connection between Great Village, Nova Scotia, and the distinguished American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Ms. LeBlanc commissioned four of Canada’s top composers to set Bishop’s poems for her to sing with The...

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