Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Tourism Awards (The Altos) to be Presented on October 24 in Banff, Alberta

ALTO-Awards-AlbertaExcellence in Alberta tourism is being celebrated with the announcement of finalists in the 2011 Alberta Tourism Awards (aka The Alto Awards). Winners will be announced at the Gala at the Banff Springs Hotel on October 24, 2011. Three finalists who integrated some form media production in their nominated projects bear mention: Banff’s “Australian Social Media Campaign”, Drumheller’s The Passion Play Productions, and Edmonton’s Paul Matwychuk and Ian Jackson’s “The Play’s the Thing” for the Canadian Geographic Magazine.

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AMPIA Presents Heartland’s Shaun Johnston with the Billington Award in Calgary on November 5

Shaun JohnstonShaun Johnston from the made-in-Alberta tv series Heartland will be presented with the Billington Award at a luncheon at the Westin Hotel in Calgary on November 5. The award is presented hearch year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community, and celebrates those individuals who, like him, inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication. Shaun’s character Jack on Heartland is considered “the rock of Heartland, anchoring the family through all the ups and downs of their increasingly complicated lives.”

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Greg MacArthur, U of A’s Playwright in Residence Shortlisted for Canadian Theatre’s Richest Prize

Greg MacArthur University of AlbertaGreg MacArthur, U of A’s Playwright-in-Residence has been shortlisted for Canadian theatre’s richest prize, the $100,000 Siminovitch Award along with six other nominees. The shortlist, selected from 23 nominees, includes MacLeod, Tremblay, Saskatchewan’s Mansel Robinson, Newfoundland’s Robert Chafe and Quebec’s Jasmine Dube. The Siminovitch Prize, launched in 2001, is awarded to playwrights, designers and directors on a threeyear rotation, in honour of a body of work that advances Canadian theatre and inspires younger emerging artists. Of the $100,000 prize, $25,000 goes to a protege of the winner’s choice. The Siminovitch gets presented Nov. 7 in Toronto.

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New $10,000 Edmonton Film Award Announced by Edmonton Arts Council

Edmonton Film AwardThere’s $10,000 on the table for an Edmonton film-maker. During day six of the 2011 Edmonton International Film Festival, the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) and the Edmonton Film Commission, announced the launch of The Edmonton Film Prize, an annual cash award, acknowledging the work of an Edmonton film-maker.  “Awards for excellence are an important part of investment in arts and artists,” says John Mahon, Executive Director of EAC. “The Art of Living, Edmonton’s 10 year cultural plan for the City, identifies civic awards in the arts as a strategic move.” Criteria for the prize will be established in the coming weeks. A jury of film-peers will be formed to help set criteria and choose a winner, Mahon says. This is a city that embraces creative industries and appreciates what they contribute to our economy and quality of life,” says Edmonton Film Commissioner Brad Stromberg. “Edmonton has many outstanding film-makers. This prize reinforces that recognition and appreciation. The Edmonton Film Prize will be presented during next year’s Edmonton International Film Festival.

Edmonton’s Lynn Coady Makes Giller Prize Shortlist for “The Antagonist”

the antagonistFrom Edmonton novelist Lynn Coady comes “an unforgettable, unflinching story of a life gone wron” which was recently shortlisted for the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.  Elizabeth Withey, arts writer for the Edmonton Journal describes the book as about “a former hockey enforcer chronicles his life in letters to his ex- best friend.” The publisher, Anansai Press, describes the book:   “Against his will and his nature, the hulking Gordon Rankin (“Rank”) is cast as an enforcer, a goon — by his classmates, his hockey coaches, and especially his own “tiny, angry” father, Gordon Senior. Rank gamely lives up to his role — until tragedy strikes, using Rank as its blunt instrument. Escaping the only way he can, Rank disappears. But almost twenty years later he discovers that an old, trusted friend — the only person to whom he has ever confessed his sins — has published a novel mirroring Rank’s life. The betrayal cuts to the deepest heart of him, and Rank will finally have to confront the tragic true story from which he’s spent his whole life running away.  With the deep compassion, deft touch, and irreverent humour that have made her one of Canada’s best-loved novelists, Lynn Coady delves deeply into the ways we sanction and stoke male violence, giving us a large-hearted, often hilarious portrait of a man tearing himself apart in order to put himself back together.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)