Friday, 19 September 2014

Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts: Lee Maracle & Cherie Dimaline

Lee Maracle reading at NEC Lunchtime (Jason Brawn photo)

Cherie Dimaline reading at NEC Lunchtime (Jason Brawn photo)

Lee Maracle, Cherie Dimaline win Ontario Premier’s Awards

Aboriginal talent was honoured at the eighth annual Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, which were handed out last night at a gala ceremony held at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.
Poet, author, and playwright Lee Maracle, who is a member of the Stó:lō Nation, received the Individual Artist award, which comes with a $35,000 purse.
Cherie Dimaline, the Ojibway-Métis author of Red Rooms and The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (both Theytus Books), was presented with the Emerging Artist of the Year award and a $15,000 cheque.
Both women have ties to First Nations House at the University of Toronto, where Maracle is a traditional teacher and Dimaline is writer-in-residence and editor of FHN Magazine.
Quill & Quire (source)
pictures source from the NEC Lunchtime readings, NIWC
Congrats to Lee & Cherie!

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