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November 16, 1998
Toronto Arts Council Foundation Honours Artists
  
Renowned Dub Poet, Prolific Landscape Artist and Co-Founder of Toronto Dance
Theatre Honoured by Toronto Arts Council Foundation

Lillian Allen, Doris McCarthy and David Earle receive Margo Bindhart, William
Kilbourn and Muriel Sherrin Awards

The Toronto Arts Council Foundation today honoured three Toronto artists -
Doris McCarthy, Lillian Allen, and David Earle - at the presentation of the
Margo Bindhardt, William Kilbourn and Muriel Sherrin Awards. The biennial
awards were handed out at a reception at Metro Hall hosted by Mayor Mel
Lastman.

"A vibrant arts community is at the heart of any cosmopolitan city," commented
Mayor Mel Lastman. "It is my distinct pleasure to endorse the nurturing role of
the Toronto Arts Council its foundation."

"It's an honour to recognize outstanding lifetime contributions of these
artists." said Margo Bindhardt, Board President of the Toronto Arts Council
Foundation. "These three individuals have enriched Toronto's cultural life for
decades - their passion and commitment should inspire us all."

Margo Bindhardt Award

Lillian Allen, the internationally acclaimed dub poet, writer, musician and
cultural activist, was named as the recipient of the 1998 Margo Bindhardt Award
for leadership and vision that have significantly impacted the arts and arts
awareness in Toronto. Established in 1995 to honour the TAC's past president
and to acknowledge her support of the arts in the City of Toronto, this award
is a $10,000 cash prize.

One of the birth mothers of dub poetry, Allen frequently appears across Canada,
the United States and Europe as a lecturer and performer. She has received two
Juno Awards for Revolutionary Tea Party (1986) and Conditions Critical (1988),
has made recordings for children and written three books for young audiences.
A recent anthology of her poetry, Women Do This Everyday, has received wide
acclaim. She is also a writer of plays and short fiction and has co-produced
and co-directed a film on rastafarian reggae dub poet Mutabaruka that premiered
at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1993.

The selection committee cited Lillian Allen's work as a musician, writer and
poet, and praised her role as a community activist "forging links between
cultures and providing opportunities, particularly for young people, to learn
about their own culture as well as other cultural roots."

William Kilbourn Award

Doris McCarthy, whose paintings have been exhibited in Toronto since 1931, was
named recipient of the first William Kilbourn Award. The cash prize of $5,000
is awarded to an individual whose work is a celebration of life through the
arts in the City of Toronto and who has made a notable contribution to the
city's cultural life.

One of Canada's foremost landscape painters, at age 88 this dynamic woman's
career spans fifty years of Canadian art history. As a student in Toronto in
the 1920s she was tutored by Group of Seven members Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson
and J.E.H. MacDonald; as a teacher, she inspired a generation of younger
artists including Joyce Wieland.

The William Kilbourn Fund was established in 1995 to honour the memory of
William Kilbourn and his contributions to the arts and to life in the City of
Toronto. This is the first year that the William Kilbourn Award is being
presented.

In making its recommendation, the seven-person jury comprising members from
different artistic disciplines noted Doris McCarthy's remarkable career as a
multi-disciplinary artist, inspiring teacher and community activist. "Her
luminous presence and tremendous passion for the arts reflect the spirit of
William Kilbourn himself," remarked Board President, Margo Bindhardt.

Muriel Sherrin Award

Dancer and choreographer, David Earle, has been named as the recipient of the
Muriel Sherrin Award presented to an artist for outstanding accomplishments in
the field of dance or music. This award is a cash prize of $10,000.

In 1968, Earle co-founded Toronto Dance Theatre and was appointed sole Artistic
Director in 1987, taking the company to its first two seasons in New York and
tours in Europe and Asia. Over the years, his passion for movement and
dedication as a teacher has inspired young dancers to reveal and better
understand the human condition. Leaving the Toronto Dance Theatre in December
1996, Earle launched Dance Foundation David Earle in support of continuing
creation, the preservation of his repertoire and to serve as a forum for
younger artists concerned with the expression of humanity in dance.

In making its recommendation, the five-person jury comprising members of the
dance community cited the enormous significance of David Earle's presence in
the evolution of modern dance and noted his passion for movement and dedication
as a teacher both in Toronto and internationally.

The Margo Bindhardt, William Kilbourn and Muriel Sherrin Awards are
administered by the Toronto Arts Council Foundation. The Foundation was
established in 1995 to create a Toronto-based repository for legacies and other
gifts from individuals, families, corporations or trusts who wish to support
the arts in Toronto.


Media Contact
Sherri Appell
Toronto Arts Council Foundation
(416) 392-6800

 

 

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