Saluting Edmonton talent: Edmonton Arts Council award winners

multi-disciplinary artist/activist Nasra Adem

multi-disciplinary artist/activist Nasra Adem

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca

Tonight, 23 of the city’s outstanding artists, both up-and-coming and established, of every discipline and original fusion, will receive awards from the Edmonton Arts Council.

Nasra Adem, the multi-displinary artist/ slam poet/ whose work is devoted to enhancing accessibility, opportunity and profile for women of colour, is among the recipients of the 2016 Cultural Diversity in the Arts awards. Her latest initiative Black Arts Matter (BAM!) is running till Sunday in the Chinook Series at the ATB Financial Arts Barns. Edmonton theatre audiences know the highly original work of composer/musician Dean Musani, from his hauntingly unusual score, sampling natural and industrial sounds, for Matthew MacKenzie’s Bears.

Other diversity award winners are: multi-disciplinary artist Jacob Amon; filmmaker Adam Bentley, visual artist Justin (Justice) Berger, the Vaughn String Quartet led by Silvia Buttiglione, musician/composer Farhad Khosravi, hip-hop artist William LeBlanc (aka Rellik), poet Iman Mersal, visual artist Oksana Movchan, multilingual poet/visual artist/educator Adriana Onita, vocalist/educator Garth Prinsonsky (aka Garth Prince), poet/spoken word artist Brandon Wint, and Heart of the City Festival’s Mike Siek. 

Chris Dodd, whose debut deaf theatre festival Sound Off, the first of its kind in the country, continues as part of the ongoing Chinook Series this week, will recognized with a 2016 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund award tonight. Veteran playwrights Conni Massing and Jason Chinn will receive awards, too, along with Gerry Potter. The founding father of Workshop West Theatre, Potter has more recently launched Rising Sun Theatre, which brings together the pros and adults with developmental disabilities.

The list includes actor/playwright Jessy Ardern, musician Lauren Gillis, visual artist Taryn Kneteman, musician/photographer/visual artist Dwayne Martineau, dance educator/visual artist Tony Olivares.

Edmonton Arts Council 2016 Awards

Where: The Needle Vinyl Tavern, 10524 Jasper Ave.

When: tonight, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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