And the winner is … Tom Wilson, Hamilton local hero, musician and artist. [June 12/21].
“2021 Arts Awards Short List: Lifetime Achievement Award nominees
Judith Sandiford & Ronald Weihs”
Judith Sandiford, an artist and designer, and Ronald Weihs, a playwright and director, have been creating original theatre and promoting the arts for thirty years. Their projects include Artword Artists Forum, Artword Theatre, Artword Gallery and Artword Artbar, a welcoming environment for theatre, music, dance and visual art in Hamilton.”
The other nominee in this category is the renowned musician and author Tom Wilson.
“A panel of 45 local artists and arts professionals evaluated 122 public nominations for the 2021 Arts Awards, shortlisting 37 nominees to move forward for final adjudication for an award. Meet them below!
Award recipients in all categories will be announced via online presentations during Hamilton Arts Week (June 3 to 12, 2021).”
The process is explained here: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-awards/arts-awards/arts-awards-online-presentation Arts Awards Presentation Episodes: via Watch Parties on the City of Hamilton Arts Awards Facebook page or the City’s YouTube Channel.
“Creator Award (28 shortlisted): Conferred to individual artists and artistic collectives (including bands) working in any artistic discipline and at any career level.
Arts Champion Award (7 shortlisted): Honours the work of arts sector volunteers, advocates, or board members who are essential in supporting success in the arts community.
Lifetime Achievement Award (2 shortlisted): Recognizes those who have contributed substantially to the artistic vitality of the city over the course of a career.
#1. Artword Theatre at 81 Portland Street Toronto, 1994 to 1999. (left)
#2. Artword Theatre at 75 Portland Street, Toronto, 1999-2006. Proud of our small-budget high-standard 150-seat theatre, plus art gallery and 60-seat studio theatre. This was a make-over of our landlord’s garment factory.
#4. Out in front of Artword Artbar on Colbourne Street at James, for “Open Streets”, back when street festivals were home-made:
Ron on fiddle, Judith with a microphone, and pals Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and Venesio Salvo on guitar.