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June 17, 2020

CELEBRATING FOUR RISING LITERARY TALENTS

TORONTO | June 17, 2020 | Ontario Creates is pleased to announce that Shut Up You're Pretty by Téa Mutonji has won the 2020 Trillium Book Award, and Crevaison en corbillard by Paul Ruban has won the Prix Trillium. The author of each winning book is awarded $20,000. Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett has won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and Premier quart by Véronique Sylvain has won the Prix de poésie Trillium, each receiving $10,000.

The Trillium Book Award is Ontario’s top literary prize, and is open to titles in any genre. The Trillium Book Award for Poetry honours a first, second, or third collection by an Ontario poet.

This year’s winners in both English and French showcase the talent of emerging writers who are soon to be household names across the country. These short story and poetry collections span the province – from the vibrant city of Scarborough to the far reaches of Northern Ontario.

The 2020 Trillium Book Award winners and their publishers were announced during a virtual awards event and on Ontario Creates social media channels at 8 PM EDT on June 17, 2020, as follows:

  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award (English)
    Téa Mutonji
    ,Shut Up You're Pretty, VS. Books/Arsenal Pulp Press
  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English)
    Roxanna Bennett
    ,Unmeaningable, Gordon Hill Press
  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award for Poetry (French)
    Véronique Sylvain
    ,Premier quart , Prise de parole

Join us for Facebook LIVE conversations with English Trillium Book Award winners from 12:00 – 12:30 PM EDT on June 22, with Quill & Quire Reviews Editor Steven W. Beattie and at the same time on June 23 for the French winners’ conversation with Zefred.

QUOTES

“The Trillium Book Awards celebrate Ontario’s best writers and their publishers who make enormous contributions to our literary wealth and to our province’s economy. On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I applaud and congratulate all the Trillium Book Award winners for these well-deserved accolades. During this unprecedented time, it is even more important that we ensure Ontario’s great stories are enjoyed at home and around the world.”

  • Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

“This year the Trillium Book Award recognizes wonderful new voices in fiction and poetry in our province. Together these authors’ works contribute a shared collective experience through their unique stories. These emerging literary talents will join an impressive list of great Ontario writers and their publishers who continue to build upon Ontario’s internationally recognized literary legacy.”

  • Aaron Campbell, Chair, Ontario Creates

“The Trillium Book award celebrates excellence in Ontario writing and this year’s Trillium winners cover a diversity of topics, and are written by authors that self-identify in many diverse ways. Kick-off your summer reading with some of these brilliant Ontario reads!”

  • Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is home to two-thirds of Canada’s Book Publishing Industry
  • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature by investing in Ontario-based writers. Award recipients receive $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles.
  • The award winners for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English and in the French-language category each receive $10,000 and their publishers $2,000 for promotion of the titles.
  • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium Backgrounder includes information on this year’s jury members and the winning publishers.
  • The 14 finalists on the 2020 Trillium Book Awards shortlist showcase a variety of talent across a wide range of literary genres.
  • Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.

LEARN MORE

Ontario Creates is proud to produce the Trillium Book Awards each year. The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and their works.

Ontario Creates is an agency of the Government of Ontario that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. ontariocreates.ca

June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020

TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD/PRIX TRILLIUM

The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize the literary excellence and diversity of Ontario writers and writing. The Trillium Book Award reflects the wealth of talent and creativity of Ontario authors writing in both English and French languages. The award is open to books in any genre which makes for a rich, diverse range of fiction and non-fiction winning titles, as well as for the yearly shortlist. The award is considered the province’s foremost honour for literature.

Ontario’s literature is bursting with innovation and variety. The Trillium Book Award celebrates the excellence and diversity of Ontario writers and writing. Among this year’s Trillium finalists, we have novels, short stories, poetry, drama, a graphic novel, collaborative non-fiction, and experimental forms of writing. These are books written in a diversity of forms, covering a diversity of topics, by authors that self-identify in many diverse ways. One thing they all have in common is that they are stellar examples of the literary talent in Ontario. These emerging and established writers are telling new and unique stories in daring and original ways.

We thank the members of the English and French language juries for their dedication and hard work in reviewing the many submissions, narrowing them down to a shortlist and selecting the winning authors:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD

  • Steven W. Beattie is a writer and editor in Toronto. He is Reviews Editor at Quill & Quire, the magazine of the Canadian publishing industry. His writing and criticism have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Walrus, Canadian Notes and Queries, the Hamilton Review of Books, the Humber Literary Review, and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
  • Tamara Faith Berger writes fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. She is the author of Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore (republished together by Coach House Books as Little Cat), Maidenhead (winner of The Believer Book Award) and Kuntalini. Her fifth book, Queen Solomon, was published by Coach House Books in 2018 and it was nominated for a Trillium Book Award. Her work has been published in Apology, Canadian Art,Taddle Creek and Canadian Notes and Queries. She has a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She lives and works in Toronto.
  • Damian Rogers is a poet and writer. Her second poetry collection, Dear Leader, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. In September, Knopf Canada will publish her memoir, An Alphabet for Joanna: A Portrait of My Mother in 26 Fragments. Originally from Detroit, Rogers lives in Toronto where she teaches creative writing at Ryerson University.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

  • Puneet Dutt’s debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters (Mansfield Press), was a Finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, was Shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award, and was named one of “Ontario’s Best Books” by NOW Magazine. Her chapbook, PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), was a Finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize. She holds a MA in English from Ryerson University, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Puritan Magazine, an editorial board director at Canthius, and is a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Dutt is an immigrant/settler and currently lives in Markham with her husband and son.
  • Emma Healey's latest collection of poetry is Stereoblind (House of Anansi, 2018). She is the former poetry critic at the Globe and Mail, and her essays and criticism have been published in places like the Toronto Star, the National Post, The LA Review of Books, the FADER, Hazlitt, the Walrus, Toronto Life, Canadian Art, C Magazine and more.
  • David O’Meara is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books).

FRENCH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD AND TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

  • Lisa L’Heureux: Playwright and director, Lisa L’Heureux founded and directs Théâtre Rouge Écarlate, for which she specifically created Ciseaux,Pour l’hiver (Prix Jacques-Poirier Outaouais 2017) and Et si un soir (Trillium Book Award 2019). Very active in the playwright industry in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, she has participated in writing numerous collectively authored scripts, including Love is in the birds : une soirée francophone sans boule disco (Théâtre du Trillium), Comment frencher un fonctionnaire sans le fatiguer (Les Poids Plumes) and Tapage et autres bruits sourds (Les Poids Plumes and Théâtre français du CNA).
  • David Ménard has Masters of Arts Degree in French from the University of Ottawa and is originally from Green Valley, a town in Eastern Ontario. He has published a novel, a narrative, and three poetry collections, including Neuvaines (L’Interligne), for which he received the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Prix de l’Association des écrivains francophones d’Amérique. This collection has also been adapted for theatre by Théâtre du Trillium.
  • Paul Savoie, originally from Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, has authored about forty books in French and English across several literary genres. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Trillium Book Award on two occasions, for his collection, CRAC (2006) and Bleu bémol (2012). Racines d’eau, an anthology of his poetry, has appeared in Éditions du Noroît’s prestigious Collection Ovale. He lives in Toronto.

Congratulations to the publishers of the Trillium winning books for their commitment to, and support, of the authors:

PUBLISHERS OF TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD WINNERS

  • Arsenal Pulp Press: Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 400 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction and nonfiction; books on social issues; gender studies; LGBTQ and diverse literature; graphic novels and non-fiction; cookbooks; alternative crafts; visual arts; and books in translation. They are interested in literature that engages and challenges readers, and which asks probing questions about the world around us. (Publisher for Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji).
  • Gordon Hill Press: Gordon Hill Press is a feisty upstart publisher of poetry, literary criticism (especially concerning poetry), and fiction that is stylistically innovative. They strive to include a wide diversity of writers and writing, particularly writers living with disability. (Publisher for Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett).
  • Flammarion Québec: The book trade has been at the heart of Flammarion’s work since its creation in 1876. The first Québécois works appeared in 1998 under the Flammarion Québec banner. This publishing house was created to put more focus on the local readership. Its publishing work is steeped in the Québec environment and it seeks out authors and subjects that are of interest to Québec society, completely independent from the Flammarion publishers based in Paris. Its main areas of focus include literature, coffee-table books, practical works, reading to escape and knowledge. (Publisher for Crevaison en corbillard by Paul Ruban).
  • Prise de parole, founded in Sudbury in the 1970s, has a mandate to support works of literary creation in minority communities and the reflection on the environment, human and social sciences across Canada, publishing novels, poetry, theatre, studies and essays in the Humanities. (Publisher for Premier quart by Véronique Sylvain).

Info for Trillium Book Award Winners

Bob Reid
416-482-2308
reid@veritasinc.com

Suzan Ayscough, Head of Communications
Ontario Creates
416-642-6619
sayscough@ontariocreates.ca

ontariocreates.ca
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May 12, 2020

2020 Trillium Book Award Finalists

TORONTO | May 12, 2020 | Fourteen diverse books have been shortlisted for Ontario’s prestigious literary prize, the 2020 Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium, presented by Ontario Creates, an agency of the government of Ontario.

There are two English and two French prizes: the Trillium Book Award in English and the Prix Trillium in French, as well as the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English and French. Written by established and emerging authors, the shortlisted titles span a wide variety of genres, showcasing the diversity of voices that make up Ontario’s vast literary landscape.

The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium winners will be announced during an online event on June 17, 2020. In the ramp-up to the big awards night, Ontario Creates will be sharing, celebrating and showcasing these 14 talented finalists on our website and social channels. For detailed information on all the 2020 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Christina Baillie and Martha Baillie,Sister Language, Pedlar Press
  • Téa Mutonji,Shut Up You're Pretty, VS. Books/Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Sara Peters,I Become a Delight to My Enemies, Strange Light
  • Zalika Reid-Benta,Frying Plantain, House of Anansi Press
  • Seth, Clyde Fans: A Picture Novel, Drawn & Quarterly

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Jean Boisjoli,Moi, Sam. Elle, Janis, Éditions David
  • Claude Guilmain, AmericanDream.ca, Les Éditions L'Interligne
  • Aristote Kavungu,Mon père, Boudarel et moi, Les Éditions L'Interligne
  • Paul Ruban,Crevaison en corbillard, Flammarion Québec

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language:

  • Roxanna Bennett,Unmeaningable, Gordon Hill Press
  • Doyali Islam,heft, McClelland & Stewart
  • Matthew Walsh,These are not the potatoes of my youth, Goose Lane Editions

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language:

  • Daniel Groleau Landry,Fragments de ciels, Les Éditions L'Interligne
  • Véronique Sylvain,Premier quart, Prise de parole

QUOTES

“Ontario Creates nurtures the very best literary talent in our Province through Ontario’s formidable publishers who contribute $523M to Ontario’s economy and employ over 6,000 people. We encourage all Ontarians to read these terrific books, and to join us online for the awards announcement on June 17.”

~ Aaron Campbell, Chair, Ontario Creates

“Each year, the Trillium Book Awards gives Ontario Creates the opportunity to shine a light on brilliant literary achievements by Ontario authors, whose stories and poems in English and French enrich our lives. That has never been more important than it is today. Check out the best of Ontario’s literary landscape with this year’s shortlisted titles, and discover more about these books and talented writers over the weeks ahead on Ontario Creates social channels.”

~ Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates

QUICK FACTS

  • The Trillium Book Award / Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature by investing in Ontario-based writers. Award recipients receive $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles.
  • Three titles are short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. Two titles have been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language, which is awarded in alternating years with the Trillium Book Awards for Children’s Literature in French language. The winner for each of these awards receives $10,000 and their publisher $2,000 for promotion of the titles.
  • Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • Book publishing in Canada is a $1.64 billion industry, with two-thirds of revenues generated in Ontario.

LEARN MORE

Ontario Creates produces the Trillium Book Awards each year. The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and their works.

Ontario Creates is an agency of the Government of Ontario that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. ontariocreates.ca

Info:
Bob Reid
416-482-2308
reid@veritasinc.com

Suzan Ayscough,
Head of Communications
Ontario Creates
416-642-6619
sayscough@ontariocreates.ca

ontariocreates.ca
Disponible en français

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February 28, 2020

More than 340 productions help boost economy and create jobs for the province

February 28, 2020

TORONTO — Ontario’s film and television industry had a record-breaking year in 2019, with 343 productions bringing in $2.16 billion in production spending for the economy and supporting 44,540 full-time equivalent direct and spin-off jobs. This represents an increase in production by almost 15 per cent from 2018 and more than 7,500 new jobs for Ontarians.

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries joined award-winning actress Wendy Crewson, award-winning director Sergio Navarretta, as well as industry leaders Jim Mirkopoulos (Cinespace Toronto), Justin Cutler (Ontario Creates), Theresa Tova (ACTRA), Peggy Kyriakidou and Jayson Mosek (UNIFOR), Angela Mastronardi and Monty Montgomerie (IATSE), and Michael Cerenzie and Jonathan Ahee (Stratagem Group) earlier this week to discuss the results.

“Ontario is open for business, open for jobs, and open to the film and television industry,” said Minister MacLeod. “These results show that we’re building a business-friendly climate where production companies and production service companies can grow.”

“In 2020, we are continuing to work with Ontario Creates and the industry to ensure producers at home and around the globe know that there’s no better place to create content than right here in Ontario,” added MacLeod.

Ontario is a leader in domestic film and television production, and is home to a booming foreign production sector. The economic and employment benefits of Ontario’s vibrant film and television industry are felt across the province, with popular and critically acclaimed productions like Cardinal and Letterkenny produced in Northern Ontario; Hilda in Ottawa; and Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience and Star Trek: Discovery in the Greater Toronto Area. The Umbrella Academy, Schitt’s Creek and many others are filmed across Central and Southwestern Ontario.

“The government’s commitment to growing Ontario’s film and television industry means big business for Ontario and a globally competitive production scene,” says Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates. “Our suite of financial incentives, over 10,000 locations, world-class crews, diverse talent, award-winning post-production facilities, and expanding studio space are a huge draw for producers from Canada, the U.S. and around the world.”

QUICK FACTS

  • There was a healthy balance between domestic and foreign production in 2019, with $1.1 billion in foreign production and $1 billion in domestic production.
  • Jobs created by film and TV production in the province include: technicians (such as lighting, make-up, carpenters, set designers, set dressers and wardrobe experts), production managers and coordinators, location managers, craft services, post-production experts, accountants, performers and drivers.
  • Ontario offers tax credits to support film and television production. These incentives play an important role in increasing economic activity and job creation in Ontario while also enhancing the province’s cultural profile.
  • In February 2020, the government announced a Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel which will provide evidence and advice to the government on industry trends, challenges and opportunities to grow high‐value film and television production in Ontario and maximize benefits for the province.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Ontario Creates

Media Contacts

Brooke Timpson
Minister’s Office
Brooke.Timpson@ontario.ca

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch
Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

February 13, 2020

Panel members to advise on opportunities to grow province’s film and television industries


February 13, 2020

TORONTO – The Ontario government is establishing a new Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel to provide expert advice on ways to grow the film and television industries in Ontario.

“Ontario is open for business, open for jobs, and open for film and television productions,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “These industries contribute nearly $2 billion and more than 37,000 jobs in Ontario. With the help of this panel of experts I’m confident we can grow Ontario’s spectacular double bottom line by attracting more high-value productions that drive our economy, create jobs and strengthen our unique cultural identity.”

First announced in the 2019 Ontario Budget, the panel will report jointly to the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and the Minister of Finance. Jim Mirkopoulos, Vice President, Cinespace Film Studios, will act as Chair to provide the government evidence and advice on trends, challenges and opportunities facing the film and television production industries. Christina Jennings, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, will serve as Vice Chair.

“Ontario’s film and television industry creates jobs and contributes to local economies in communities across our province,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. “Our government looks forward to receiving the panel’s recommendations on how to support this sector’s continued competitiveness and deliver maximum value for Ontario.”

Ontario’s film and television industry continues to experience steady growth and make important economic and cultural contributions to the province. In 2018, film and television production supported by the province was up from 2017 by almost 19 per cent, and the number of jobs also increased by 4,300.

“It is a privilege to act as Chair on the Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel,” said Jim Mirkopoulos. “The panel members and I look forward to working with the government. Working together, we can advance this important industry to enhance both its economic impact and profile for everyone’s benefit.”

Quick Facts

  • There was a healthy balance between domestic and foreign film and television production in 2018, with just over $1 billion in foreign production spending and almost $850 million in domestic production spending in Ontario.
  • Notable foreign feature and series productions made in Ontario in 2018 include: It Chapter Two, Shazam!, Star Trek: Discovery, The Umbrella Academy and The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • Many of Ontario’s domestic TV series are selling in the U.S. and globally, including: Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience, Letterkenny and Cardinal.


Background Information

Media Contacts
Ontario.ca/MHSTCI-news

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Brooke Timpson
Minister’s Office
Brooke.Timpson@ontario.ca

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch
Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

Neishaw Ali

Neishaw Ali is a founding Partner, President and Executive Producer of SPINVFX, an internationally recognized leader in visual effects production, with teams in Toronto, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Neishaw’s creativity and leadership has produced an expansive body of work including over 120 feature films and 26 television series by successfully blending the science of business and creativity. Her television credits include Game of Thrones and The Umbrella Academy, and film credits such as Spotlight, In the Tall Grass and Zombieland 2: Double Tap.

Neishaw is also a founding Partner and President of SPINVR, the virtual and augmented reality studio that develops customized VR/AR experiences, 360 degree videos, games and apps.

Neishaw is the Co-Chair of Computer Animation Studios of Ontario. She has also served on the City of Toronto’s Television and Digital Media Board and Digital Media Infrastructure Working Group and as a board member of The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Peter Apostolopoulos

Peter Apostolopoulos is a Canadian business man and real estate investor.

Peter is the President of TriBro Studios, a film and television production facilities company in Toronto. He is also a Managing Partner in the family real estate development and investment firm.

As a member of the City of Toronto Film, Television & Digital Media Board, Peter provides advice to the city on ways to strengthen and grow the film, television and commercial production industry to ensure competitiveness and viability of the sector.

David Carter

David is Executive Vice President of Entertainment Partners, a leading services company to the industry offering film & television tax incentive financing and administration, payroll services and industry software solutions. In his role, David leads the Film and TV Tax Incentives Administration and Financing Group in Canada.

David has been involved in over 2,000 productions throughout Canada and has helped producers access over $5 billion of tax incentive funding. Active in many aspects of the Canadian industry, David sits on the FilmOntario Board, is an participant with Computer Animation Studios of Ontario and served eight years on the City of Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board

David is licensed in Canada as a Chartered Professional Accountant (legacy designations: Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant). He is also licensed in the U.S. as a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Corrie Coe

Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming for Bell Media’s English-language channels and platforms.

In her role, Corrie has overseen the development and production of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series, including Cardinal, Letterkenny, The Disappearance, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, Orphan Black, The Amazing Race Canada, Masterchef Canada and Corner Gas Animated.

Corrie currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Film Centre and the Harold Greenberg Fund and on the Board of Governors of the Alliance of Canadian, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Fraternal Benefit Society.

Corrie is a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award, a Women in Film and Television Crystal Award, a Canadian Women in Communications Leadership Excellence Award and was named Production Executive of the Year by Playback magazine.

Marcia Douglas

As Senior Director, Business Affairs at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), Marcia Douglas has extensive experience in the Canadian media landscape for traditional and digital platforms.

Prior to joining the CMPA, she was the Program Manager for the Bell Fund, where she oversaw day-to-day operations, supporting the development and production of hundreds of linear and interactive projects.

Earlier in her career, she was an assistant director and production manager, and produced several award-winning film projects that screened at festivals worldwide.

Marcia serves on several industry and program advisory committees, including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Interactive Ontario, WIFT-T and Centennial College.

Bruce Harvey

Bruce Harvey joined the Ottawa Film Office as Film Commissioner in 2014. A former entertainment lawyer, he started his own production company in 1990 and spent the following two decades producing film and TV projects. His film Almost America, a co-production with Italy, won a Genie Award (now the Canadian Screen Awards) in 2001 for Best Production Design.

As the Film Commissioner, Bruce’s main role is to attract screen-based productions to Ottawa to grow the industry’s economic impact.

Prior to becoming a producer, Bruce was a successful entertainment lawyer working with corporate and commercial clients on a variety of files, from intellectual property and labour law to contracts and taxation.

Christina Jennings

Christina Jennings is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, a content company known for innovative storytelling and building successful brands. Spanning the production of TV, feature film and digital content, Shaftesbury titles are sold in 150 countries worldwide and include acclaimed international hits Murdoch Mysteries, Carmilla, Frankie Drake Mysteries, ReGenesis and Life with Derek.

Christina is a Member of the Order of Canada. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, Jennings currently serves as Chair of the Centre’s Board of Directors. Christina has also been named to Maclean’s Power List of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful People. Christina’s recent awards and honours include the inaugural Content Innovation Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the CFC Award for Creative Excellence, Playback’s Producer of the Decade, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Academy Achievement Award, the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at RBC’s Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards and the Innovative Producer Award at the Banff World Television Festival.

Slawko Klymki

As the CEO of the Canadian Film Centre, Slawko Klymkiw leads Canada’s foremost film, television and digital media institution dedicated to advancing Canadian creative values, talent and content worldwide. Slawko is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of all the centre’s training, production, promotion and investment initiatives.

As the former architect of the CBC Television schedule, Slawko was responsible for the cultivation and scheduling of new programming. CBC’s successes under Slawko’s stewardship included: Canada: A People’s History, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, Opening Night, ZeD, An American in Canada, Trudeau, Random Passage, The Greatest Canadian, DaVinci’s Inquest, CBC Sunday, and Olympics in Atlanta, Nagano and Salt Lake City.

Cynthia Lynch

Cynthia Lynch is the Managing Director and Counsel at FilmOntario, a not-for-profit industry organization that advocates on behalf of the screen-based sector. In this role, she has worked with industry and government partners to maintain investment in Ontario’s film and television industries and grow the sector.

Prior to joining FilmOntario, Cynthia spent over 10 years at the Ontario Media Development Corporation (now Ontario Creates) in a variety of roles, starting as a Tax Credits Business Officer and most recently as the Manager of Research, Strategic Planning and Information Technology. In this role, she oversaw the organization’s research and policy program and managed the agency’s business planning process.

While in law school at the University of Ottawa, Cynthia focused on communications law, intellectual property, privacy and technology and worked with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Jim Mirkopoulos

Jim Mirkopoulos is Vice President of Cinespace Film Studios, the largest private owner, operator and developer of studio space in North America. Now in its 32nd year, Cinespace operates one million square feet of studio and support space on over 42 acres in Toronto and almost two million square feet on over 60 acres in Chicago.

Jim maintains direct links with the physical production heads of the major Hollywood studios as well as Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Hulu, and his facilities service all budget levels of film, television, commercial and digital media projects.

Jim is a Board Member of FilmOntario and also sits on he City of Toronto’s Film, Television and Digital Media Board. He was instrumental in launching York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design’s Motion Media Studio @ Cinespace, an 8,000 square foot training facility on Cinespace’s Kipling Studio Campus, and has recently joined the Advisory Committee for Sheridan College’s new graduate program in Creative Industries Management.

Wendy Noss

Wendy Noss is a government and public affairs executive with more than two decades of experience representing creative industries and intellectual property owners.

Wendy has been with the Motion Picture Association – Canada (MPA-Canada) since 2006, creating strategic alliances to further the health of the film and television industry and foster an environment of respect for the creative industries in Canada.

Prior to joining MPA-Canada, she was a practicing lawyer focusing on intellectual property law and policy and advancing the rights of international rights holders in the digital environment.

She works with film and television stakeholders across the country and has served on many government boards, councils, advisory groups and organizations.

John Weber

John Weber is the President and CEO of Toronto based Take 5 Productions. John began his film and television career in 1995 working on a vast array of feature films and television productions.

Over the past 10 years, John has served as an Executive Producer on hundreds of hours of some of the most popular and acclaimed television dramas. His list of projects includes Vikings, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Tudors, The Borgias, Star Trek: Discovery, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Reign, Condor and Locke & Key.

John has been awarded six Canadian Screen Awards (formerly known as Gemini Awards), an Emmy Award, A Golden Globe Award, a Producer’s Choice Award, and a Television Critics Award.

John is a Certified Professional Accountant with a degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is actively involved in the Canadian television industry and is a Board Member and Treasurer of industry association FilmOntario.

Brian O’Leary

Brian O’Leary is Senior Vice President, Tax Counsel for NBC Universal Media. He has served as tax counsel to NBC Universal since 1999. His practice focuses on tax controversies, tax policy and economic development initiatives.

Brian is a frequent lecturer on film finance and tax matters and serves as a board member of the National Multistate Tax Symposium. He regularly assists government authorities in evaluating policy initiatives and appears as a witness before legislative tax and economic development committee hearings.

Carol Ann Pilon

Carol Ann Pilon was appointed Executive Director of the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada (AFPC) in November of 2016. The APFC is the national voice for the independent content producers working in French across Canada.

Prior to joining AFPC, Carol Ann held the role of Assistant Director of the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française a national organization whose mission is to promote the artistic and cultural expression of Francophone and Acadian communities in Canada.

Front des réalisateurs francophones du Canada, a national association of film makers and directors who work in French, as well as scriptwriter and director positions on a number of documentary and youth productions for the broadcast industry.

Carol-Ann holds a degree in Communications, Media & Culture from the University of Ottawa.

Rama Rau

Rama Rau is active in Ontario’s domestic film and television industry and features strong female characters in her work.

Rama has made several award-winning documentaries, including her film League of Exotic Dancers, about aging burlesque dancers in Las Vegas, which opened to acclaim at Hot Docs Festival in 2016. One of her more recent projects and first dramatic feature Honey Bee won the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature award at the Whistler Film Festival in 2018.

Rama has been profiled as one of Canada’s top ten female filmmakers and has won numerous director awards. She is a frequent speaker on panels about gender and diversity and is scheduled to speak this March at the prestigious Duke University in North Carolina about workplace gender imbalances.

Media Contacts
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Brooke Timpson
Minister’s Office
Brooke.Timpson@ontario.ca

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch
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January 8, 2020

Gen Z also point to diversity gap in creative content, according to new study by Ontario Creates and VICE

January 8, 2020

TORONTO, January 8, 2020 |Gen Z is redefining how cultural content – meaning music, film, television, art, lifestyle, gaming, and literature – is being discovered, consumed and shared, and they’re willing to pay for it, according to a study released by Ontario Creates, a provincial agency that facilitates economic development and investment in the creative industries. The research was conducted by VICE, the world’s largest independent youth media company.

The study, titled “Gen Z: The Culture of Content Consumption”, surveyed those between 14 to 22 years old and found that they are willing to pay for the content they desire, with 90% reporting they pay for cultural content regularly. The survey also finds that Gen Z wants to see much more diversity in the stories and people they see, with one in two saying there is a gap in diversity of gender, sexual identity and ethnic representation in today’s cultural content.

“VICE’s dedicated Insights team is able to offer partners unparalleled access to and expertise on youth and culture globally” said Amy Davies, VP of Strategy & Creative, Canada, VICE. “We leveraged a number of methodologies for this report to surface insights to help guide and inform the Canadian culture sector in their quest to capture Gen Z audiences. It has been a delight to partner with the Ontario Creates team.”

Key findings in the survey include:

  • Music is by far the #1 form of cultural content consumed by Gen Z, with online videos, TV and video games rounding out their most frequent activities;
  • Seven out of ten respondents said they prefer physical books to e-books;
  • One in two favour printed magazines over digital ones;
  • 75% of respondents say original content is important to them;
  • Music, video streaming and video games (in all forms: console, PC and mobile) are the top paid services for Gen Z, with respondents paying for an average of four cultural content services;
  • The younger demographic are huge cord cutters: for Millennials, cable or satellite TV subscriptions are their #2 most popular paid services, while those didn’t even make the top 5 for Gen Z;
  • Gen Z is motivated by better quality (61% said so), better experience (56%) and convenience (50% ) to pay for content, versus avoiding ads on free services (41%).
  • Gen Z is especially interested in internet culture/memes, humour and gaming.

“This Gen Z consumer research will be extremely valuable to Ontario’s content creators.” said Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO of Ontario Creates. “Gen Z is the most diverse generation in Canadian history and they are changing the rules of engagement with creators. This research will help Ontario companies adapt their business models to connect more effectively with this big new market.”

The survey also finds Gen Z is:

  • More interested in being “entertained” by content than “being informed”;
  • Want ease of discovery, looking to social media channels like YouTube, Instagram and TikTok to find new content and to form relationships with the creators themselves.

The research was executed through VICE Insights, VICE’s arm dedicated to decoding youth behaviours and trends that are moving and shaping the culture that contextualizes youth lives.

"With new voices and new platforms entering the media landscape by the minute, the competition for young people’s attention has never been greater” said Julie Arbit, Global SVP of Insights, VICE. “Combine that with a young generation that has never been hungrier for content or more savvy about how to access it, and you have a whole new approach to content consumption. Understanding this new mindset is essential for anyone who is trying to reach this young audience.”

ABOUT THE SURVEY

This project began by speaking with content creators across industries who identified the complex challenges and strategies for capturing Gen Z’s attention. Using these learnings, VICE Insights conducted an online survey among 650 VICE audience members in Ontario, Canada-500 people ages 14-22 (Gen Z) with an additional 150 people ages 23-39 (Millennials) for comparison. The margin of error for this study is +/- 3.8%.

ABOUT ONTARIO CREATES

Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. ontariocreates.ca

ABOUT VICE MEDIA GROUP

VICE Media Group is the world’s largest independent youth media company. Launched in 1994, VICE has offices in 35 cities across the globe with a focus on five key businesses: VICE.com, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICELAND, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division with the most Emmy-awarded nightly news broadcast; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency with 21 offices around the world. VICE's programming has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Peabodys, Sundance Film Festival, George Polk, Scripps Howard, PEN Center, Cannes Lions, Knight Foundation, American Society of Magazine Editors, LA Press Club, James Beard and Webbys, among others. VICE Media Group’s portfolio includes Refinery29, the leading global media and entertainment company focused on women; PULSE Films, a London-based next-generation production studio with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin; i-D, a global digital and bimonthly magazine defining fashion and contemporary culture; and Garage, a digital platform and biannual publication converging the worlds of art and design.

For further information:

VICE | Britt Aharoni, Manager, Communications, 647-716-5113, britt.aharoni@vice.com

Ontario Creates | Bob Reid, Veritas Communications, 416-482-2308, reid@veritasinc.com

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

TORONTO – Ontario Creates is pleased to announce the winners of Ontario’s top literary prize to four exceptional Ontario authors. Discover more about these 2019 Trillium Book Award winners here:

  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award (English)
    Dionne Brand, The Blue Clerk | McClelland & Stewart
  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award (French)
    Lisa L’Heureux, Et si un soir |
    Prise de parole
  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English)
    Robin Richardson, Sit How You Want,
    Signal Editions/Véhicule Press
  • WINNER |Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature (French)
    Diya Lim, La marchande,la sorcière, la lune et moi |
    Les Éditions L’Interligne

QUOTES

“Congratulations to the 2019 Trillium Book Award winners! Their literary excellence contributes to a strong publishing industry in our province. We are proud that Ontario has such a depth of talent and such powerful stories with universal themes.”

- Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Ontario’s diversity is reflected in its literature and also this year’s Trillium Book Award finalists, winners and the juries that chose them. This is key to Ontario’s reputation as an international leader and we are committed to continuing to strengthen our publishing industry, while nurturing Ontario talent.”

- Aaron Campbell, Chair, Ontario Creates

“Ontario Creates is thrilled to be able to celebrate fabulous writing and showcase our outstanding authors and publishers through the Trillium Book Awards. Whether you love fiction or poetry or both, we encourage you to add the Trillium finalists and winners to your summer reading lists!”

- Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates

QUICK FACTS

  • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature by investing in Ontario-based writers. Award recipients receive $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles.
  • Three titles are short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. Three titles have been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language, which is awarded in alternating years with the Trillium Book Awards for Poetry in French language. The winner for each of these awards receives $10,000 and their publisher $2,000 for promotion of the titles.
  • Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • There were 16 finalists for the 2019 Trillium Book Awards’ four prizes.
  • Book publishing in Canada is a $1.64 billion industry, with two-thirds of revenues generated in Ontario.

LEARN MORE

Ontario Creates produces the Trillium Book Awards (Backgrounder) each year. The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and their works.

Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the book, music, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors.

Info on Trillium Book Award Winners:

Bob Reid
416-482-2308
reid@veritasinc.com

Suzan Ayscough, Head of Communications
Ontario Creates
sayscough@ontariocreates.ca
416-642-6619

ontariocreates.ca

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June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019 | This year’s Trillium Award nominees reveal a wealth of stories from meditations on the act of writing, to powerful feminist narratives, to the fantastical, to tales of resilience in the face of struggle. Whether established or emerging literary figures, these Ontario authors are brave and bold. They are keen observers and dreamers in a changing world.

HISTORY

Ontario Creates produces the Trillium Book Awards each year. The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize the literary excellence and diversity of Ontario writers and writing. The Trillium Book Award reflects the wealth of talent and creativity of Ontario authors writing in both English and French languages. The Award is open to books in any genre which makes for a rich, diverse range of fiction and non-fiction titles for the yearly shortlist, and the winners. The Award is considered the province’s foremost honour for literature.

We thank the members of the English and French language juries for their dedication and hard work in reviewing the many submissions, narrowing them down to a shortlist and selecting the winning authors:

TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD JURIES

ENGLISH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD

  • Cherie Dimaline is an award-winning writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario who has published 4 books of short stories, literary fiction and young adult fiction. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering and is adapting her YA novel, The Marrow Thieves, for television. She is on faculty for the MFA program at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her newest work Empire of Wild will be released by Random House Canada in September 2019.
  • Cynthia Good is the former director of the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber College. She founded the publishing program at Humber after 20 years with Penguin Books, where she was the first editorial director and then president and publisher. Currently, she facilitates book clubs around Toronto, where she lives.
  • Pasha Malla is the author of six books, most recently Fugue States, a novel. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

  • Puneet Dutt’s debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters (Mansfield Press, 2017), was a Finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award For Poetry (English Language) and was shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award and was named one of “Ontario’s Best Books” in 2018 by NOW Magazine. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, such as Canadian Literature, Event and World Literature Today, and in the anthology Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, with an introduction by Margaret Atwood. Her chapbook, PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), was a Finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize (Phantom Books). She holds a MA in English from Ryerson University, is an editorial board member at Canthius, and is a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Dutt lives in Markham with her husband and son.
  • Adam Sol is an award-winning poet, writer and teacher. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including Crowd of Sounds, which won Ontario’s Trillium Award; and Complicity, which was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. His most recent book is How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry. He teaches at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College and lives in Toronto with his wife, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and their three sons.
  • Meaghan Strimas is the author of three poetry collections, Junkman’s Daughter, A Good Time Had by All, and Yes or Nope which won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2017). The editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen and the Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem anthology (co-edited with Priscila Uppal), she grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario, and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor and program coordinator at Humber College.

FRENCH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD AND TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

  • Eric Charlebois is a published poet in both official languages, a double winner of the Trillium Poetry Award and a literary translator. He is the founding president of Idiome conception linguistique, an SME that offers original text creation, translation, editing, proofreading and animation. He is also very involved in entrepreneurial, economic and artistic development, notably as a coach, trainer, moderator and lecturer.

He has worked on several transdisciplinary literary and artistic creation projects across Canada and in Europe, with other performing poets, visual artists and musicians. He is also a lyricist. He has facilitated workshops and introductory courses at universities, retirement homes and penitentiaries.

  • Michèle Matteau was born and studied in Quebec. She has lived in France, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and, since 1985, in Ottawa. She has worked in research for television programs, wrote scripts and commentaries for documentaries and developed materials for cultural and educational institutions. From 2009 to 2013, she directed the Vertiges collection of Éditions L'Interligne. She gives writing workshops and has led the Atelier littéraire des Outaouais for 9 years. Novelist, playwright and poet, her work has won her nominations and literary prizes, including the 2002 Trillium Prize and the 2010 Poetry Prize. She has published seven novels, two poetry collections, a short story collection and a play, and participates in collectives.
  • Paul Savoie: In addition to publishing approximately forty books across several literary genres, Paul Savoie has written several songs and composed piano music, which he has often performed live. He won the Trillium Prize twice: in 2007 for his CRAC collection, and in 2012 for Bleu bémol. He was awarded the Champlain Prize for his short story collection Dérapages. He has lived in Toronto since the early 1980s.

Congratulations to the publishers of the Trillium winning books for their commitment to, and support, of the authors:

PUBLISHERS OF TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD WINNERS

  • McClelland & Stewart: For more than 100 years, McClelland & Stewart has helped to shape and champion Canada’s cultural conversation. It continues to assert its independent spirit by taking bold risks that push the boundaries of literary excellence, challenge the status quo, and reflect the rich and diverse range of voices in our country. (Publisher for The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand).
  • Signal Editions / Véhicule Press: Since 1973 Véhicule Press has published award-winning poetry, fiction, essays, translations, and social history.Véhicule Press has long been at the centre of much of Montreal’s literary activity and has chronicled the writing of emerging and established writers from Quebec and across Canada. (Publisher for Sit How You Want by Robin Richardson).
  • Prise de parole, founded in Sudbury in the 1970s, has a mandate to support works of literary creation in minority communities and the reflection on the environment, human and social sciences across Canada, publishing novels, poetry, theatre, studies and essays in the Humanities. (Publisher for Et si un soir by Lisa L’Heureux).
  • Les Éditions L’Interligne: Proud supporters of minority communities, Les Éditions L'Interligne publishes exclusively authors from French Ontario and Outaouais Quebec, whether established or emerging. (Publisher for La marchande, la sorcière, la lune et moi by Diya Lim).


ABOUT US

Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the book, music, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors

Info for Trillium Book Award Finalists::

Bob Reid
416-482-2308
reid@veritasinc.com

Suzan Ayscough, Head of Communications
Ontario Creates
sayscough@ontariocreates.ca
416-642-6619

ontariocreates.ca

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May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019

TORONTO – Sixteen books have been shortlisted for the 2019 Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium, the Ontario Government’s prestigious award for literature for four separate prizes. Five English books and five French titles have been shortlisted for the main awards. Three English-language poetry titles will compete for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language, and three French-language titles will vie for the Children’s Literature in the French language prize. For detailed information on all the 2019 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Tamara Faith Berger, Queen Solomon, Coach House Books
  • Dionne Brand, The Blue Clerk, McClelland & Stewart
  • Claudia Dey, Heartbreaker, Harper Avenue, an imprint of HarperCollins
  • K.D. Miller, Late Breaking, Biblioasis
  • Miriam Toews, Women Talking, Knopf Canada

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Alain Doom, Un quai entre deux mondes, Prise de parole
  • Gilles Latour, À la merci de l'étoile, Les Éditions L'Interligne
  • Lisa L'Heureux, Et si un soir, Prise de parole
  • Yvon Malette, Entre le risque et le rêve, Éditions David
  • David Ménard, Poupée de rouille, Les Éditions L'Interligne

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language:

  • Gwen Benaway, Holy Wild, Book*hug
  • Stevie Howell, I left nothing inside on purpose, McClelland & Stewart
  • Robin Richardson, Sit How You Want, Signal Editions; Véhicule Press

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language:

  • Pierre-Luc Bélanger, L'Odyssée des neiges, Éditions David
  • Diya Lim, La marchande,la sorcière, la lune et moi, Les Éditions L'Interligne
  • Daniel Marchildon, Otages de la nature, Éditions David

Celebrate the Trillium Book Award finalists and hear the authors read from their books at a free public reading at the Toronto Reference Library to be held on June 12, 2019 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon.The winners will be announced on June 13, 2019 at an industry dinner to be held in Toronto.

QUOTES

“The Trillium Book Awards, Ontario’s highest literary honour, recognizes excellence in writing and publishing by shining the spotlight on our homegrown literary talent. Their stories inspire readers across our great province and beyond and I am proud to congratulate this year’s finalists.”

- Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The Ontario book publishing sector is the biggest in Canada. It contributes more than $500 million to Ontario’s GDP and employs nearly 6,500 people. Through the Trillium Book Awards, Ontario Creates celebrates the authors that drive excellence in Ontario’s book publishing industry.”

- Aaron Campbell, Chair, Ontario Creates

“Ontario Creates is proud to showcase our province’s incredible literary talent through the Trillium Book Awards. The celebrations feature a night of author readings which is open to the public – an exciting, opportunity for Ontarians to meet the finalist authors and hear them read from their books which represent the very best literature and poetry in the province.”

- Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates

QUICK FACTS

  • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature by investing in Ontario-based writers. Award recipients receive $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles.
  • Three titles are short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. Three titles have been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language, which is awarded in alternating years with the Trillium Book Awards for Poetry in French language. The winner for each of these awards receives $10,000 and their publisher $2,000 for promotion of the titles.
  • Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • Book publishing in Canada is a $1.64 billion industry, with two-thirds of revenues generated in Ontario.

Info:

Bob Reid
416-482-2308
reid@veritasinc.com

Suzan Ayscough, Head of Communications
Ontario Creates
416-642-6619
sayscough@ontariocreates.ca

ontariocreates.ca
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March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

Ontario Creates Welcomes New Board Chair Aaron Campbell

Ontario Creates is delighted to welcome Aaron Campbell as its new Chair. A new Board member, Campbell succeeds Mark Sakamoto, who served as Chair since February 2016.

Campbell is currently the Chief of Staff at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), where he provides counsel to the CEO and executive team on strategic business objectives and stakeholder engagement. Campbell has over 16 years of experience in leading the strategic intersections of stakeholder engagement, operations, communication and policy, and has held senior roles with the federal government, including with the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

“I am pleased to welcome Aaron Campbell to his new role as Chair of Ontario Creates. His experience and leadership in the film industry, the halls of government and at the LCBO will play a vital role in overseeing the strategic business directions of Ontario Creates and the important industry sectors that it supports,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Prior to Campbell’s role at LCBO, he worked with the Toronto International Film Festival where he oversaw events, production, visitor experience and the alignment of operational planning with TIFF’s artistic vision and business objectives.

“We are delighted that Aaron Campbell has been appointed as Ontario Creates new Chair. His experience in the creative industries, stakeholder engagement, communication and policy will be invaluable in setting high impact strategic goals for the Agency and in delivering real results for the government, the sectors we support and for Ontarians,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates.

Campbell also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Danceworks Toronto, a presenter of Canada’s independent dance artists and is also a Board member of Cota Health, supporting adults with mental health and cognitive challenges to live well within their communities.

“I am humbled and honoured to have been appointed Chair of Ontario Creates. I look forward to working with its dynamic Board and staff team to secure Ontario’s position as a leader in the creative industries throughout the province, across the country, and on the world stage, through investment, collaboration and export,” said Aaron Campbell, Chair, Ontario Creates.

Outgoing Chair Mark Sakamoto was appointed to the Board of Ontario Creates when it was still known as the Ontario Media Development Corporation in 2008. Under his leadership, the Agency helped grow Ontario’s creative industries to record levels, making significant contributions to the province’s economy and employment base and positioning Ontario as an international leader. In addition to establishing and implementing ambitious strategic directions for the Agency, Sakamoto spearheaded OMDC’s re-branding to Ontario Creates.

June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018

TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD/PRIX TRILLIUM

The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize the literary excellence and diversity of Ontario writers and writing. The Trillium Book Award reflects the wealth of talent and creativity of Ontario authors writing in both English and French languages. The award is open to books in any genre which makes for a rich, diverse range of fiction and non-fiction winning titles, as well as for the yearly shortlist. The award is considered the province’s foremost honour for literature.

This year’s nominees reflect the tremendous breadth, depth and diversity of Ontario authors – ranging from the well-established to those who were published for the first time, and from urban- to small-town-dwellers.

We thank the members of the English and French language juries for their dedication and hard work in reviewing the many submissions, narrowing them down to a shortlist and selecting the winning authors:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD

  • Nathan Adler is a writer (author of Wrist) and artist who works in many different mediums, including audio & video, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC, a first-place winner of the Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and a recipient of a Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature; he is Anishinaabe and Jewish, a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and resides in Mono, Ontario.
  • Cynthia Good has been a leader in the publishing industry for many years. She was the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada where she established a successful publishing program. She rose to president and publisher, leaving Penguin to develop the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. Cynthia currently lives in Toronto and addresses many local book clubs. She continues to lead workshops in publishing and writing across Canada.
  • Rabindranath Maharaj is an award-winning author of three short story collections and five novels, including The Amazing Absorbing Boy, which won the Trillium Book Award and the Toronto Book Award. Previous books were nominated for various awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His novel, Adjacentland, has just been released.
  • David Groulx is proud of his Aboriginal roots – Ojibwe Indian and French Canadian. He received his BA from Lakehead University, where he won the Munro Poetry Prize, and studied creative writing at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, B.C., where he won the Simon J Lucas Jr. Memorial Award for poetry. David has had eleven poetry books published. He was a featured reader at the IFOA in Toronto & Barrie (2011), as well as Ottawa Writer’s Festival (2012).
  • Meaghan Strimas is the author of three poetry collections, Junkman’s Daughter, A Good Time Had By All, and Yes or Nope, which was awarded the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2017. Strimas is also the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen. She is a professor in the Department of English at Humber College, and the editor of the Humber Literary Review. Strimas is at work on a novel and her fourth book of poems. She lives in Toronto with her family.
  • Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2016) and Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets (2013-2016). She has authored six books of poetry and has won awards including the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, two grants from OAC and 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. She also teaches Poetry Alive at schools and libraries.
  • Daniel Castillo Durante has published six essays, five novels and two collections of short stories. He won the 1995 Prix Victor-Barbeau from the Académie des Lettres du Québec, the 1999 Prix Le Droit (Les Foires du Pacifique), the 2007 Trillium Book Award (La Passion des nomades, novel) and the Prix de la Société des Écrivains Francophones d’Amérique 2008 (Un café dans le Sud, novel). He is a tenured professor at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Aristote Kavungu is an author of Congolese and Angolan origin. He was a Prix Anne-Hébert finalist for L’adieu à San Salvador. Following the publication of his book Un Train pour l’Est, he was a finalist for Radio-Canada’s Prix des Lecteurs (Reader’s Choice Award) and won the Grand Prix at the Salon du Livre de Toronto. As a scriptwriter, he wrote the short film Pour l’amour d’Aicha. He was awarded the Primaco Ontario Afro-Caribbean Award of Merit in 2005.
  • Michèle Matteau is a poet, playwright, novelist and short-story writer. She is a winner of the Ottawa Book Award. The first volume of her trilogy À ta santé, la vie !, Cognac et Porto, won a Trillium Book Award and the third volume, Un doigt de brandy dans un verre de lait chaud, earned the Prix Christine-Dimitriu-van-Saanen. Passerelles, her first poetry collection, took the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2010, and her collection Le Fol Aujourd’hui was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2014.
  • Doubleday Canada, one of Canada’s most prominent publishers for more than seventy-five years, is committed to producing the finest fiction from both established and new voices and to developing challenging and entertaining non-fiction for a broad and diverse reading public. (Publisher for Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear).
  • Éditions Biblioasis is a literary press based in Windsor, Ontario, with a multi-dimensional mandate: to publish the best literary fiction, criticism and poetry in the country; to publish sophisticated and elegant writing, and to contribute to and help direct literary and cultural development and taste in Canada. (Publisher for Class Clown by Pino Coluccio).
  • Prise de parole, founded in Sudbury in the 1970s, has a mandate to support works of literary creation in minority communities and the reflection on the environment, human and social sciences across Canada, publishing novels, poetry, theatre, studies and essays in the Humanities. (Publisher for Sous le soleil by Aurélie Resch and Oubliez by Sylvie Bérard).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

FRENCH LANGUAGE JURY FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD AND TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

Congratulations to the publishers of the Trillium winning books for their commitment to, and support, of the authors:

PUBLISHERS OF TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD WINNERS

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Info for Trillium Book Award Finalists
Ranziba Nehrin | 416.342.1845
Ranziba.nehrin@mediaprofile.com

Ontario Media Development Corporation | www.omdc.on.ca

Suzan Ayscough | Head of Communications | 416.642.6619
sayscough@omdc.on.ca

June 21, 2018

Four Ontario Authors Receive Province’s Top Literary Award

June 21, 2018

TORONTO – The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is pleased to announce the four exceptional Ontario authors who won the prestigious 2018 Trillium Book Awards. The winners are:

  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award (English)
    Kyo Maclear, Birds Art Life |
    Doubleday Canada
  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award (French)
    Aurélie Resch, Sous le soleil de midi |
    Éditions Prise de parole
  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English)
    Pino Coluccio, Class Clown |
    Biblioasis
  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award for Poetry (French)
    Sylvie Bérard, Oubliez |
    Éditions Prise de parole

$75,000 in Trillium Book Award prizes are distributed as follows: Trillium Book Award winners in English-language and French-language receive $20,000 each. Publishers of the winning books each receive $2,500 towards book promotions. The winners of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English and French receive $10,000 each; their publishers receive $2,000 each. All finalists also receive a $500 honorarium.

QUOTES

“Ontario’s $1.12 billion-dollar publishing industry promotes our culture and our authors to audiences at home and around the world. This year’s Trillium Book Award finalists reflect the wide-ranging experiences and inspirations of our diverse society. The winners and nominees represent the best of Ontario’s literary community and will influence readers and future generations of authors.”

- Mark Sakamoto, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“Ontario’s publishing companies are a driving force behind a vibrant industry that showcases our stories and our talent to our neighbours. Now, more than ever before, our authors are gaining global recognition with local authors’ works being adapted to screen-based productions that are enjoyed internationally. I am delighted to congratulate this year’s Trillium Book Award winners and finalists for their outstanding achievements and contribution to Canadian literature.”

- Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

QUICK FACTS

  • The Trillium Book Award, Ontario’s highest honour, is also amongst the most highly regarded literary awards in the country and around the world.
  • Previous winners include world-renowned writers Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Alice Munro, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • The Trillium Book Award for Poetry recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry.
  • Book publishing in Canada is a $1.12 billion industry, with two-thirds of revenues generated in Ontario.

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The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award (Backgrounder) in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and their works. Ontario Media Development Corporation manages the Trillium Book Awards.

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario’s cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.

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Ontario is a global hub for content creation and distribution. From digital innovation to literature, Ontario’s cultural sectors contribute billions of dollars to the economy, employ hundreds of thousands of people and power some of the world’s most innovative content.

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Info for Trillium Book Award Finalists
Ranziba Nehrin | 416.342.1845
Ranziba.nehrin@mediaprofile.com

Ontario Media Development Corporation | www.omdc.on.ca

Suzan Ayscough | Head of Communications | 416.642.6619
sayscough@omdc.on.ca

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2018 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English language and French language. For detailed information on all the 2018 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves, DCB/Cormorant Books
  • Catherine Hernandez, Scarborough, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Kyo Maclear, Birds Art Life, Doubleday Canada
  • James Maskalyk, Life on the Ground Floor, Doubleday Canada
  • Rebecca Rosenblum, So Much Love, McClelland & Stewart
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, This Accident of Being Lost, House of Anansi Press

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Maurice Henrie, Le poids du temps, Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa
  • Didier Leclair, Le bonheur est un parfum sans nom, Éditions David
  • Alain Bernard Marchand, Sept vies, dix-sept morts, Les Herbes rouges
  • Blaise Ndala, Sans capote ni kalachnikov, Mémoire d’encrier
  • Aurélie Resch, Sous le soleil de midi, Éditions Prise de parole

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language:

  • Pino Coluccio, Class Clown, Biblioasis
  • Puneet Dutt, The Better Monsters, Mansfield Press
  • Phoebe Wang, Admission Requirements, McClelland & Stewart

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language:

  • Sylvie Bérard, Oubliez, Éditions Prise de parole
  • Chloé LaDuchesse, Furies, Mémoire d’encrier
  • Christian Milat, Si je connaissais…, Éditions David

The winners will be announced on June 21, 2018 at a dinner to be held in Toronto.

QUOTES

“Ontario’s publishing industry makes important contributions to both our quality of life and our provincial economy. With revenues of $1.1 billion and strong international sales to countries around the world, Ontario boasts the largest book publishing sector in Canada. OMDC is honoured to be showcasing Ontario’s tremendous wealth of literary talent and diversity as we celebrate the 2018 Trillium Book Awards.” - Mark Sakamoto, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“We are especially pleased that the 2018 Trillium Award juries have selected a diverse group of English-language authors for the short list, including Indigenous writers, and that there is strong regional representation among the French-language finalists. This cross section of authors and their chosen topics reflect the people and stories of Ontario.” – Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

QUICK FACTS

  • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature by investing in Ontario-based writers. Award recipients receive $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
  • Three titles are short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language and in French language, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. The winner for each of these awards receives $10,000 and their publisher $2,000 for promotion of the titles. Finalists for these awards also receive a $500 honorarium.
  • Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • Book publishing in Canada is a $1.1 billion industry, with two-thirds of revenues generated in Ontario.

LEARN MORE

The Trillium Book Award was established to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario authors and their works.

Info for Trillium Book Award Finalists:
Ranziba Nehrin
(416) 342-1845
Ranziba.nehrin@mediaprofile.com

Contact for OMDC:
Sharon Wilson
(416) 642-6616
swilson@omdc.on.ca

www.omdc.on.ca

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