Finalists

The Deception of Livvy Higgs

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 | 0 comments

The Deception of Livvy Higgs

Creator: Donna Morrissey (Writer) Nominator: Diane Turbide Raised in Newfoundland and now living in Nova Scotia, Donna Morrissey has written five well-received novels. This one is narrated in the first person by an elderly woman who struggles to keep her troubled past from intruding into the present. The story, set partly in World War II-era Halifax, slips seamlessly between the past and the present, with the “disturbing intimacy of a séance.” The story has been described as “haunting…in its portrait of two unforgettable women—Livvy and...

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Polyphonic Lively

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Polyphonic Lively

Creator: Dinuk Wijeratne (Composer) Nominator: Christos Hatzis This 13-minute large ensemble composition was commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia to open the orchestra’s 2016-17 season. Wijeratne is “masterful in his art,” integrating an array of multicultural influences, and his incorporation of North-Indian tabla chakradhar rhythms is particularly ingenious. The piece was rapturously received by Nova Scotian audiences upon its world premiere, and praised again at the Newfound Music Festival at Memorial University. The Sri-Lankan-born Dinuk...

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Werewolf

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Werewolf

Creators: Ashley McKenzie (Director) and Nelson MacDonald (Producer) Nominator: Cory Bowles The fiction feature film Werewolf is about two young methadone addicts in Cape Breton. They push a lawnmower door to door, begging to cut grass for a living. One struggles to escape while the other falls further into ruin. The film is notable for its non-professional cast and stylized visual presentation. Directed by McKenzie and produced by MacDonald as their first-time feature, the film has already won several awards at Canadian film festivals. The...

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