OMDC Newsletter
Fall 2016

10th Annual Awards Ceremony Recognizes Exceptional Ontario Artists and Arts Organizations

Premier Kathleen Wynne honoured the winners of the 10th annual Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts at an event at the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 6, 2016.

The awards program recognizes outstanding artists and arts organizations for their contributions to Ontario's vibrant arts and culture sector. This year, two of the three winners are Indigenous artists.

  • Christi Belcourt, a Métis visual artist from Espanola, won the Individual Artist Award. Like generations of Indigenous artists before her, Belcourt's work celebrates the beauty of the natural world while exploring its symbolic properties.
  • Christian Chapman, an Anishinaabe visual artist and filmmaker from Fort William First Nation, was honoured as Emerging Artist of the Year. His two-dimensional mixed-media artwork fuses elements of computer-manipulated images, painting, drawing and printmaking.
  • A Different Booklist, an independent bookstore and literary cultural destination in Toronto, won the Arts Organization Award. A Different Booklist is respected nationally and internationally for its specialty in books by African-Canadian and Caribbean writers.

Congratulations to all the Finalists for the 2016 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

Nominations for the 2017 awards are being accepted until December 1, 2016. All Ontarians are invited to submit a nomination.

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Oct. 20-23 International Festival of Authors, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 25-Nov. 3 29th Tokyo International Film Festival 2016, Tokyo, Japan
Nov. 2–9 America Film Market (AFM) 2016, Santa Monica, California
Nov. 7 The 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Awards Gala, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 8-19 20th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2016, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 9-10 nextMEDIA 2016: The New Entertainment Economy, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 13-15 Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) 2016, Montreal, Quebec
Nov. 13 Canadian Video Game Awards, Montreal, Quebec, Montreal, Quebec
Nov. 15-20 Indie Week Conference & Music Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 15-16 Canadian International Television Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 17 TD Canadian Children's Book Award, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 20 American Music Awards, Los Angeles, California
Nov. 20-24 Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, India
Nov. 21 The 44th International Emmy Awards Gala, New York, New York
Nov. 25 Canadian Ethnic Media Association Awards of Journalistic Excellence, Toronto, Ontario
Nov.26-Dec.4 The Guadalajara International Book Fair 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico
Nov.30-Dec.3 Salon du Livre de Toronto - French Book Fair, Toronto, Ontario
Nov.30-Dec.4 Whistler Film Festival, Whistler, BC
Dec.2-3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Toronto, Ontario
Dec.6 WIFT-T 2016 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon, Toronto, Ontario
Dec. 11 Critics’ Choice Awards, Santa Monica, California
Jan.5-8 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan. 6 TFO's Les Tablettistes 2017, Ottawa, Ontario
Jan. 10 Toronto Film Critics’ Association Awards (TFCA), Toronto, Ontario
Jan.11-14 Eurosonic Music Festival 2017, Nooderslag, The Netherlands
Jan.13-15 30A Songwriters' Festival, South Walton, Florida
Jan.17-18 Mobile Games Forum (MGF), London, England
Jan.17-21 Contact Ontarois 2017, Ottawa, Ontario
Jan.17-19 NATPE, Miami, Florida
Jan.19-29 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Jan.20-24 ALA-American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, Atlanta, Georgia
Jan.23 2017 Maple Blues Awards, Toronto, Ontario
Jan.23-26 2017 RealScreen Summit, Washington, DC
Jan.25-Feb.5 International Film Festival in Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jan.27-30 2017 American Booksellers Association - Winter Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan.28 2017 Producers Guild Awards, Beverly Hills, California
Jan.28 Digital Media at the Crossroads (“DM@X”): A Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media, Toronto, Ontario

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