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Summer 2017

Celebrating Literary Excellence by Ontario Authors at the 30th Anniversary of the Trillium Book Award!

OMDC is proud to present the Trillium Book Award, Ontario's premiere prize in literature celebrating our province's diverse writing talent for the past 30 years. Established to honour excellence in prose and poetry in both of Canada's official languages, the award is open to books in any genre. This has meant a rich, diverse range of fiction and non-fiction titles have appeared on the yearly shortlist. This year is no different.

2017 Trillium Book Award Finalists:  Mark Sakamoto, OMDC Chair, André Alexis, Éric Mathieu, Susan Holbrook, Gilles Dubois, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Melanie Mah, Jean Boisjoli, Danila Botha, Paul-François Sylvestre, Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport,  Pierre-Luc Bélanger, Leesa Dean, Dane Swan, Michèle Vinet, Louis L’Allier, Daniel Marchildon, Laurie D. Graham, Meaghan Strimas, Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO, OMDC

Click on links below to watch videos from the award’s ceremony.
Public Reading Sizzle Reel | Award Ceremony Sizzle Reel


Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC’s President & CEO, Welcoming Remarks   Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport's Remarks
Heather Hiscox, Trillium Emcee Opening Ceremony Remarks   Click here to watch our 30th Anniversary Past Winner Video.


On June 20, 2017, OMDC’s President and CEO, Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC Board Chair, Mark Sakamoto, and emcee Heather Hiscox hosted the award ceremony where Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports celebrated Ontario’s wealth of Literary talent and announced the 2017 Trillium Book Award winners.

2017 Trillium Book Award Winners | Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO of OMDC, Melanie Mah, Pierre-Luc Bélanger, Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Meaghan Strimas, Jean Boisjoli  and Mark Sakamoto, Chair of OMDC

WINNER | 2017 Trillium Book Award (English) Melanie Mah, The Sweetest One | Cormorant Books
Minister McMahon, Melanie Mah and publisher,  Bryan Ibeas, Cormorant Books
  WINNER | 2017 Trillium Book Award ( French) | Jean Boisjoli,  La Mesure du temps | Éditions Prise de parole
Minister McMahon, Jean Boisjoli and publisher, Stéphane Cormier, Éditions Prise de parole
WINNER |2017 Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English) | Meaghan Strimas, Yes or Nope Mansfield Press
Minister McMahon, publisher Denis De Klerk, Mansfield Press  and Meaghan Strimas
  WINNER | Trillium Book Award for Children’s (French) | Pierre-Luc Bélanger, Ski, Blanche et avalanche| Éditions David
Publisher Véronique Sylvain, Éditions David,  Pierre-Luc Bélanger  and  Minister McMahon
Mark Sakamoto, Chair of the OMDC
Closing Remarks
  Authors Matthew Tierney, Sandy Pool, Janet Hawkins, OMDC Industry Initiatives Consultant, Books,  Holly Kent ,OBPO Director and Jeff Latosik, Author
Author Robin Maharaj and Kevin Finnerty, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport   Michelle Vinet, 2017 Finalist

Thanks Amélie & Les Singes Bleus for your incredible performance at The Trillium Book Awards Ceremony! Here’s where you can buy Amélie & Les Singes Bleus new album – Entre nous!

For more photos from the award ceremony check out our 30th Anniversary Celebration gallery and our Trillium Winners gallery.

OMDC Welcomes Two New Board Members

OMDC welcomes two new BOD members Ron Hay and Kiumars (Kiu) Rezvanifar.
(Click here for the full OMDC Board list)  

Ron Hay is a founding partner of the entertainment law firm Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP.

He is a graduate of the U of T’s Faculty of Music and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Before law school Ron was a professional violist, first with the Canadian Opera Company and then the Toronto Symphony, and during that period he was an active studio musician. 

He’s a board member of Trio Arkel Chamber Music Group and the Health Arts Society of Ontario, and a former board member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Board Secretary) and Volcano Theatre.


Kiumars (Kiu) Rezvanifar is the founder of KVC Communications Group specializing in communications and broadcasting.

Since 1993 he has been the Executive Producer of Iran Zameen TV and Pasargad TV on OMNI TV. These programs serve the Iranian Communities across Canada.

Kiu is also the publisher of Persian Tribune Magazine, the first English language publication targeted toward the second generation of Iranian Canadians.

Besides being a documentary producer, Kiu has also served as a board member with various organizations such as United Way of York Region, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Iranian Canadian Cultural Fellowship and York Region Police Integrated Strategic Community Advisory Council. He is also involved with CNEA and Toronto Police Services.

Kiu has been a board member of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association, where he currently serves as a President.

In June 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Journalists For Free Expression (CJFE).

Kiu has been the recipient of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his community and Canada.    

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