Winners Announced for The Originals / Les Originaux 2012

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Saint John May 31st, 2012

Photo:  Sebastien Benoit

Winners Announced for The Originals / Les Originaux 2012

Launched in 2010 as part of the Saint John 225 festivities, The Originals / Les Originaux 2012 was a sold-out, award-winning, red carpet event held at the Imperial Theatre in celebration and recognition of the local arts community.  Earlier this evening, two years after that ‘original’ event, the citizens of Saint John came together once again to honour their finest at The Originals / Les Originaux 2012.

As chosen by a jury comprised of members from various corners of the arts community (Bernard Cormier, Barb Crawford, Bob Doherty, Sara Griffin, Suzanne Hill, Pat Joas and Marilyn Williams), here are the top finalists, including the winner, in each category:

Emerging Artist Award: An individual artist, in any genre, who has been pursuing his/her practice for fewer than five years and is no longer a student in his/her field.

Finalists:    Babette Hayward   |   Jared Peters   |   Philip Savage

WINNER:    Jared Peters

Visual Arts Award: An individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the visual arts.

Finalists:    Herzl Kashetsky   |   Carol Taylor   |   Cliff Turner

WINNER:   Herzl Kashetsky

Film and New Media Arts Award: An individual or group who has made a significant contribution to film or new media arts.

Finalists:    Steven Doiron   |   Nathan Savage

WINNER:   Nathan Savage

Arts Supporter Award: A volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the arts community.

Finalists:    Brian Goodwin   |   Gerry Taylor

WINNER:    Brian Goodwin

Precious Exports Award: An individual or group, and a Saint Johner at heart, who has made a significant contribution to the arts community from afar.

Finalists:    Jesse Ash   |   Stuart Howe   |   Christopher Lloyd

WINNER:    Jesse Ash

Popular Music Award: An individual or group who has made a significant contribution in any musical genre other than classical.

Finalists:   Penny Blacks   |   Clinton Charlton    |   Stephanie Mainville

WINNER:  Stephanie Mainville

Classical Music Award: An individual or group who has made a significant contribution in classical music.

Finalists:    Tim Blackmore   |    Wenmei Li   |   Saint John String Quartet

WINNER:   Saint John String Quartet

Performing Arts Award for Theatre: An individual or group who has made a significant contribution in theatre.

Finalists:    Scott Thomas   |   Stephen Tobias   |    Kate Wilcott

WINNER:   Stephen Tobias

Performing Arts Award for Dance: An individual or group who has made a significant contribution in dance.

Finalists:    Connection Dance Works   |   Georgia Rondos   |   Andrea Scott

WINNER:   Andrea Scott

Arts Organization Award: An organization that has made a significant contribution to the arts.

Finalists:   InterAction School of Performing Arts   |   Saint John Theatre Company    |   Third Space Gallery

WINNER:  Saint John Theatre Company

Business (Patron) for the Arts Award: An individual or corporation, not working in the arts, who has made a significant contribution to supporting the arts.

Finalists:   Commercial Properties Limited (John Irving)   |   Philip Huggard

WINNER:  Commercial Properties Limited (John Irving)

Imperial Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award: An individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary body of work over a significant period of time.

Recipient:  Dr. Thomas J. Condon (1930-2012), accepted by friend and colleage, Michael Wennberg.

Highlights of the evening were its gala performances:

Arriving, patrons were greeted by the sound of Sistema Saint John, 40 string players who are seven years old, performing for the first time on the Imperial Theatre stage.  They were followed by the first of the evening’s several collaborative performances: Saint John’s heavy-hitting jam band Grand Theft Bus doing their hit Street Sleeper on stage with modern dance group Connection Dance Works, in front of a screen showing a film by Nathan Savage and Steven Doiron (finalists in the Film and New Media award category) of Saint John Transit’s public art piece in transit (created by Saint John artists and architects Stephen Kopp and Monica Adair of acre collective).  The combination of colour, music and movement elicited the first of the evening’s several thunderous ovations.

The next collaborative performance (a ‘house specialty’ of the Originals) included native son Liam Caines, member for the last 5 years of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s dance corps, performing a solo piece to poet Robert Moore’s rendering of the moving And Counting, hauntingly accompanied by saxophonist Greg Marks.

The evening also included two surprise performances:  actors Scott Thomas, Kizzy Kaye and Bertis Sutton did an hysterical take on local theatre; and the newly-minted jazz trio of Jennifer Power Scott, Jeff Scott, and Apryll Stansfield made intermission something worth staying in your seat for.

The evening’s spectacular performance finale featured ECMA Rising Star nominee Babette Hayward singing breakline, backed by nine members of the Saint John Rotary Boys’ Choir (under the direction of Kevin Langford), accompanied by cellist Jaeyoung Chong and violinist Sarah Harrigan, a performance which took place in front of a film by W. Scott Forbes.

All performances were curated by Judith Mackin, Artistic Director of the Originals 2012.

Appropriately, this memorable evening in the Imperial Theatre — the ‘house that Tom built’ — concluded with a moving tribute to the late Dr. Thomas J. Condon, one of Saint John’s outstanding ‘originals.’

Richly enlivened by the truly astonishing range and depth of talent that Saint John has available, The Originals / Les Originaux 2012 was proof again, if proof were needed, that Saint John’s arts community is truly worth celebrating.

For Gala Inquiries:

Peter Buckland, Committee Chair

Tel: 506.693.9721

[email protected]

For Media Inquiries:

Judith Mackin, Artistic Director

PUNCH Productions

Tel: 506 647 7469 | [email protected]

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