Last night’s 2014 Creative Nova Scotia Awards ceremony forged on despite the rain at the Halifax Seaport Market. Hosts Jackie Torrens (writer/actor/documentarian/journalist) and Megan McDowell (comedian) hosted the ninth annual event, where lucky prizewinners took home big bucks (and, you know, the respect of their peers).
Scott Macmillan took home the $18,000 Portia White Prize for his longtime contributions to the art community, choosing Wagmatcook Arts and Culture Festival as winner of the $7,000 protégé award. Read more about Scott here.
Peter-Anthony Togni won the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for his composition, Responsio, a 50-minute score for solo bass clarinet (performed by Jeff Reilly) and vocal quartet. Togni’s work is built upon Guillaume de Machaut’s 1365 Mass the Messe de Nostre Dame and blends new and ancient music.
An independent jury of five artists—Catherine Banks, Steve Higgins, Gary Markle, Gwen Noah and Lukas Pearse—chose Responsio over the work of Masterworks finalists the musical program "I am in need of music"; the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary legacy recording by soprano singer Suzie LeBlanc; Composers Emily Doolittle, Christos Hatzis, Alasdair MacLean and John Plant; the sculpture/installation Harmonic Motion by Toshiko H. MacAdam and Charles MacAdam; The Thundermaker, a multimedia installation by Alan Syliboy; and Mary Vingoe's Refuge play. Finalists received $3,000 each.
If you want a kick at the can, The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is March 1, 2015. Nomination forms may be downloaded here.
Established Artist Awards were given to Halifax Theatre for Young People's Tessa Mendel; artist Pat Sollows; artist Melinda Spooner, and actor, director and Eastern Front Theatre artistic director Charlie Rhindress.
The Prix Grand Pre was awarded to mixed media artist and ceramicist Nancy Chiasson and the community of St Ann’s Bay/North Shore, Cape Breton, won The Community Recognition award.