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Composer Dillon Baldassero Awarded the Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks

Toronto, July 14, 2020 – The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) are delighted to announce that Dillon Baldassero is the most recent recipient of the Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks. Funds from this award will be used towards the use of live musicians in Baldassero’s compositions for the upcoming feature film Girl, starring Bella Thorne and Mickey Rourke, set to be released later this year.

About Dillon Baldassero

Dillon Baldassero is a composer, producer and sound artist based in Toronto, Canada. At sixteen, he composed the score for the short film, Bergeron, which went on to screen at the Montreal World Film Festival. Since then, he has continued to explore the relationship between visual narratives and sound, having now composed for over sixty projects, including several feature films that have premiered around the world, such as the Toronto International Film Festival (Mary Goes Round, Black Cop), and SXSW Film Festival (Rules for Werewolves starring Finn Wolfhard).

Dillon’s style can be described as a re-interpreting of classical instrumentation with modern experimental performance techniques, processing and electronic synthesis. While trained in orchestral composition, he is most interested in expanding beyond musical structures by infusing the thematic, operatic roots of classic Hollywood scoring into unconventional instrumentation and electronic soundscapes. He aims to first and foremost create an emotional and thematic work that communicates and enhances a film’s narrative in bold ways. Finding the heart of a story and using music to express what lies deeper than the surface is where Dillon’s strength and passion truly lies.

Baldassero is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre’s Slaight Music Residency (chaired by Mychael Danna) and has studied orchestration through the Berklee College of Music. Additionally, he completed the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in New York City where he mentored under the likes of Sean Callery, Mark Snow and Ira Newborn. He is a member of the SCGC, AFM, SOCAN and ACTRA, and is represented by OAZ Management.

“I am incredibly grateful for the Chris Dedrick Award. It allowed me the possibility to support live musicians at a time when the industry is in such a challenging place,” says Baldassero.


About the Award

The Christopher Dedrick Award was established in memory of Christopher Dedrick, an award-winning screen composer and past-president of the SCGC, to encourage and support the hiring and use of live musicians in the production of media music soundtracks. This annual cash prize of $1,200 is awarded to a SCGC member in good standing and is adjudicated by a Selection Committee comprised of SCGC peers. The selection process is administered by the SCGC on behalf of the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Previous award winners include:  Steph Copeland (2018), Matthew Van Driel (2017) and Janal Bechthold (2016).  See the full list of recipients here.

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For more information, please contact:
Tonya Dedrick, Managing Director, Screen Composers Guild of Canada
416-410-5076  |  tdedrick@screencomposers.ca 

Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2019-2020, the OAF paid out over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) is a a trade association certified under the Canadian Federal Status of the Artist Act, and represents all professional Anglophone composers and music producers for film, television , video games, mobile and all other screen media. The SCGC promotes the status and rights of screen composers through professional development, sharing information, advocacy on issues such as creator’s rights and the value of screen music. The SCGC is a member of the Music Creators Canadian and North American Alliances.


More About Christopher Dedrick
Chris Dedrick was a music producer, arranger, and a classical and soundtrack composer. He worked with directors Guy Maddin and Don McKellar, winning a Genie Award for Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World. In 1997 Dedrick won a Gemini Award for his work on the television series Road to Avonlea. Chris was nominated a total of 16 times for Gemini awards, winning a total of four, the others for Million Dollar Babies, Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast and The Great Canadian Polar Bear Adventure. Read full biography here >>


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Nicole Testa, Annie Boulanger and Kelley Armstrong honoured with 2020 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Toronto, July 8, 2020 – The 2020 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF). 

The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from Canada's National Ballet School.  A jury of grade 6 students selected the recipients of the Children’s Picture Book Award, and a jury of grade 8 students selected the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.

Each student juror read the books individually and then worked with their group to reach consensus and choose a winner - this year, via videoconference. This teamwork-based process reinforces leadership and decision-making skills for the students.

Winner of the Children's Picture Book Award Category
  


Lili Macaroni

by Nicole Testa (Rimouski, Que.)
illustrations by Annie Boulanger (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.)
Pajama Press


About the Book

Lili Macaroni loves being exactly who she is – that is, until she starts kindergarten, where her classmates tease her about her appearance. With her parents’ help, Lili creates a polka-dotted butterfly to wear as a symbol of her own resilience. And when she explains the meaning of the butterfly to her classmates, Lili discovers she has begun a powerful conversation. Lili Macaroni provides an accessible exploration of self-esteem and the power of talking about emotions.

Quotes
"Everyone can relate to this story at some point in their lives," said the student jury.  "If you have ever been bullied this story will give you comfort."  They also appreciated that Lili's solution to her challenge was "simple and beautiful".

"I'm very touched by this award," said author Nicole Testa.  "From my neck of the woods (Ste-Blandine de Rimouski), I'm delighted to see how much Canadian kids like Lili Macaroni and her spotted butterfly.  My thanks to the jury from the National Ballet School in Toronto!"



"This award is truly special, because it's chosen by the audience we wish to reach in the first place - children themselves," said illustrator Annie Boulanger.  "I'm also very proud, knowing the high quality and sensitivity of all the books that have previously received this unique award."



Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category

   


A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying
 

by Kelley Armstrong (Aylmer, Ont.)
Puffin Canada
 


About the Book

Twelve-year-old Rowan is destined to be Queen; her twin brother, Rhydd, to be Royal Monster Hunter. Rowan would give anything to switch places, but the oldest child is always next in line, even if she is only older by two minutes. Then tragedy shatters the longstanding rule, and Rowan finds herself hunting the most dangerous monster of all: a gryphon. It will take all of Rowan's skills, both physical and diplomatic, to keep this adventure on track. The future of her kingdom depends on it.

Quotes

"Who wouldn't want to read a story about a princess with a sword, in a land full of monsters?" said the student jury.  "On her quest, Rowan shows us that her true strength in not in her sword, but in her kindness and respect for all creatures great and small."

"For a children's author, there is no contest as satisfying as those judged by kids themselves," said Kelley Armstrong.  "I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted that this year's panel enjoyed A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying."  


About the Awards 

  • The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.
  • Two awards of $6,000 each are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.
  • The Ontario Arts Foundation administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the nomination and jury process.
  • See the full details on the award and the the list of previous laureates.

 

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Senior Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434/1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2019-2020, the OAF paid $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships. 

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2018-2019, OAC invested $61.1 million in 228 communities across Ontario through 2,252 grants to individual artists and 1,424 grants to organizations.

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Shortlists for the 2020 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards announced

Toronto, June 23, 2020 – The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) are pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2020 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.  The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books.

The 2020 winners are being chosen by two student juries from Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto, who will debate and come to a consensus by video conference.  The winners will be announced in July 2020.

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SHORTLIST
This year's shortlist features Canadian authors and illustrators from diverse backgrounds working in a variety of literary and artistic styles.   The Children's Picture Book category features several books combining scientific inquiry and artistic exploration.  Other themes include the importance of family and staying true to oneself. The Young Adult / Middle Reader shortlist features stories of young people transformed into leaders, transported through music - and sometimes, just having fun.  

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD CATEGORY


Fairy Science
by Ashley Spires
(Delta, B.C.)
Tundra Books

In My Anaana's Amautik
by Nadia Sammurtok
(Iqaluit, Nunavut)
illustrations by Lenny Lishchenko (Toronto, Ont.)
Inhabit Media Inc.

Lili Macaroni
by Nicole Testa
(Rimouski, Que.)
Illustrations by Annie Boulanger (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.)
Pajama Press

My Forest is Green
by Darren Lebeuf 
(Edmonton, Alta.)
illustrations by Ashley Barron
(Toronto, Ont.)
Kids Can Press

The Pencil
by Susan Avingaq (Igloolik, Nunavut)
and Maren Vsetula (Guelph, Ont.)
illustrations by Charlene Chua (Hamilton, Ont.)
Inhabit Media Inc.


YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY

 

Broken Strings
by
 Eric Walters (Guelph, Ont.) and
Kathy Kacer (Toronto, Ont.)
Puffin Canada

 

Camp Average
by Craig Battle 
(Toronto, Ont.)
Owlkids Books


Operatic
by Kyo Maclear (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Byron Eggenschwiler
(Calgary, Alta.)
Groundwood Books



A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying 
by Kelley Armstrong
(Aylmer, Ont.)
Puffin Canada


Stand on the Sky
by Erin Bow 
(Kitchener, Ont.)
Scholastic Canada Ltd.


 

ABOUT THE RUTH AND SYLVIA SCHWARTZ CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
The two awards, of $6,000 each
are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children's literature. The winners are selected by two juries of young readers, which this year are students at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto.  Five students in grades 6  will select the recipient(s) of the Children's Picture Book Award. Five students in grades 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.


QUOTES

"In these unfamiliar times, books offer a powerful way to transcend physical and social distance and reconnect with the world around us – particularly for young readers. My heartfelt congratulations go to all of the nominated authors and illustrators, as well as this year’s student jurors, the first ever to select the Schwartz Awards laureates virtually!"
Carolyn Vesely, CEO, OAC

“Literature has always held a prominent place in enriching our lives. This is all the more apparent during moments of crisis, like the current COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to this year’s nominated authors and illustrators and for the student jurors coming together this year under different circumstances to choose the winning books. It is heartening to see that even in the most troubled times, we can still appreciate the tremendous value of a good book.”
Alan Walker, Executive Director, OAF

 

LEARN MORE
The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.

The nomination committee that chose this year's shortlist consisted of Carmen Condotta (teacher-librarian, Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board, Mississauga), Nora Elliott-Coutts (Head of Children's Services, North Bay Public Library, North Bay), and Stephanie Minett (co-owner, The Bookshelf Bookstore, Guelph).

  Click here to see the full list.

 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Senior Communications Coordinator, OAC

swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Alan Walker, Executive Director, OAF

awalker@oafdn.ca

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2019-2020, the OAF paid over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2018-2019, the  OAC invested $61.1 million in 228 communities across Ontario through 2,252 grants to individual artists and 1,424 grants to organizations.

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