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2014 Barrie Arts Awards 

Five deserving individuals were honoured at the Southshore Centre on Wednesday November 5th, 2014. See photos.

The Nominees for the 2014 Barrie Arts Awards Were:

  • Most Promising Youth: Breanna Woolard, Danielle Robataille, Kasey Kohring, Lyric Dubee, Melina Hanke and Tori Hathaway
  • Emerging Artist: Clayton Samuel King, Linda LaForge, Shamus Petrie and Teresa Moore
  • Business Award: Gerry Pilon, Mike Stollery and Karen Pratt Hansen and Heljar Hansen
  • Excellence in the Arts: James Harrison, Marlene Hilton Moore and Sarah Lochhead
  • Contribution to the Community: Claudia Mandler McKnight, Darren Roskam and Robin Munro
  • Poet Laureate: Damian Lopes, Halli Villegas and Shane Dennis

And the winners are...

Most Promising Youth: Lyric Dubee
Lyric Dubee is a multi-genre artist born and raised in Barrie. Lyric is proficient at playing rock, pop, jazz and blues on his guitar and through his experimentation with all styles he has created his own personal style known as Revolution Rock. Lyric began his musical career at age nine and hasn't stopped working since. Lyric just returned from Los Angeles where he began recording his fourth album with Grammy Award-winning producer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Frays and James Blunt) and he is now managed by legendary rock photographer Robert Knight. Lyric has performed at many festivals, events and fundraisers in Barrie, and the surrounding area, in an effort to raise his profile and contribute to his community. Lyric has performed at a long list of local events from Tourette Syndrome, 12 Ladies in a Tent,  LIVESTRONG, Gilda's Club, Bowls for Beds and The Stars Come Out - a local fundraiser for Theatre by the Bay.  Lyric has opened for or performed with Walk Off the Earth, David Usher, Lee Aaron, Rik Emmett (Triumph) and Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo). Lyric has won several music competitions and in 2011 and 2013 won for Best Young Songwriter at the New Music Festival.

Emerging Artist: Clayton Samuel King
Clayton Samuel King is a Potawatomi artist and a member of the Beausoleil First Nation. He graduated from Fanshawe College in 2010 with a Fine Arts advanced diploma. Clayton grew up beside the Welland Canal on the southwestern shore of Lake Ontario and all of the nature that surrounded him at a young age became his inspiration for creating art. Now as a professional, its the spirituality, history, culture and oral teachings of First Nations people around the Great Lakes basin that motivate his creativity as an emerging contemporary artist. This emerging artist has worked predominantly with acrylics and graphite, but also works with other mediums such as photography, sculpture, mixed media and traditional First Nation's crafts. Several of Clayton's paintings, drawings and sculptures are in the collections of Fanshawe College, John Zubik Ltd. in London, Bell Canada in North Bay, Ontario Library North in Sudbury, and many private collectors. Since 2008, Clayton has been accredited nationally, provincially and locally with nine awards and scholarships. Since the spring of 2008, this Eagle Clan member has displayed his art in seventeen group exhibitions in the cities of London, Midland, Woodstock, Aurora, St. Catharines, Toronto, and Hobbema, Alberta, with two solo exhibitions in London and Barrie, Ontario.    

Business Award: Karen Pratt Hansen and Heljar Hansen
Karen Pratt Hansen is the daughter of local developers Chris and Don Pratt, well known in this community as they have been building condominiums, townhomes, and detached home communities in Barrie and Innisfil area for over 25 years. This award recognizes and honours their invaluable contribution to the arts sector as recently highlighted with their public art installation of the "Spirit Clock" (designed by Spirit Catcher artist, Ron Baird) at their Yonge Station development. In 2014 the Pratt Hansens have worked closely with the City of Barrie to bring another large sculpture of Mr. Baird's, entitled the Sea Serpent, to Barrie's waterfront for the fall of 2015. Over the years the Pratt Hansens have contributed generously to local arts organizations, including three major annual contributions to Theatre by the Bay, for the purposes of developing the educational outreach component of their historic waterfront walking tour, the Nine Mile Portage. Their personal passion and enthusiasm for the arts make the Pratt Hansens ideal recipients of this award and as the MacLaren Art Centre noted earlier this year, "The Pratt family have created a legacy not only through their philanthropic support, but also through their generous, hands-on involvement with community organizations in the fields of education, health, art and culture and more. They are fully engaged in anything they commit to, 100%, and I believe that kind of community service is something that deserves public recognition."

Excellence in the Arts: Marlene Hilton Moore
Marlene Hilton Moore is an established Canadian Visual artist whose distinctive career is marked by outstanding achievements at local and national levels. Marlene is best known in the arena of public art and monuments, however she also produces smaller scale works in sculpture, photography and various other media - such as the award she created in 2013 for the Barrie Arts Awards. Marlene has been an active and vital member of the Barrie arts community for more than two decades. She transformed the grounds of the MacLaren Art Centre (located then on the Maurice MacLaren estate) with an immense bronze sculpture titled Site Breast. Hilton Moore also crafted the Column of Valour, a monument dedicated to volunteer firefighters installed at the corner of Mulcaster and Collier Street. Her most visible public work is the Valiants Memorial - co-created with John McEwen, a National Capital Commission for Confederation Square in Ottawa. Marlene installed her latest work, Wiidookdaandiwin, a bronze sculpture created for the Friends of Huronia Lookout and the Beausoleil First Nations Commission, at the Simcoe County Museum this past summer. After a distinguished teaching career of over 25 years at the School of Design and Visual Arts at Georgian College, Marlene has retired to continue her own illustrious arts practice. Marlene has had a remarkable influence on her students as well as the entire Barrie arts community.

Contribution to the Community: Robin Munro
Robin has played a significant role in the development of arts organizations in Barrie and area, as well as the creation of events and festivals since 1995. Robin is the founder of the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, a festival that brings world-class music to Barrie and is recognized as a Festival that has significant cultural and economic impact on the city. The Jazz and Blues Festival has continued to grow and attract stellar artists to the community each and every year and it is considered one of Barrie's signature events.  As well as creating the Jazz and Blues Festival, Robin developed the February Blues Festival and he created The Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame, an organization that has inducted such talented individuals as Moe Koffman, Oscar Peterson and Jackie Washington. Robin volunteers endlessly in support of the arts sector through the former Barrie and District Arts Council, the Innisfil Arts, Culture and Heritage Council and through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, by supporting the development of other arts councils in our region. Robin is a talented musician that gives many hours of his time performing for not-for-profit organizations, such as Gilda's Club, The Aids Committee of Simcoe County and the United Way, Robin is a pioneer in the arts and he has continually demonstrated a great deal of determination and fortitude in driving the arts agenda forward.  

Poet Laureate: Damian Lopes
Damian Lopes has published poetry, experimental writing and fiction both across Canada and internationally. Born in Scotland, he grew up in Toronto where he attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a Music major. He began publishing in 1990 while studying English Literature at McGill University. Damian is the author of three print books of poetry (ECW Press, Coach  House Books and Mercury Press) and two online poetry-multimedia works. Damian has several novels in progress: The Mango Stone, Masala-Fried Sunfish, Surgeon's Log and The Bharata. His published poetry books are Clay Lamps and Fighter Kites, Sensory Deprivation, Towards the Quiet and A Handful of Grams: Goan Proverbs. A former micro-press publisher and editor at Coach House Books. Damian has served on arts grant juries for the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Damian has actively participated in many readings and cultural event in the community, as well as being the founding Chairperson for the Barrie Arts and Culture Council. 

2014 Arts Awards Photos



The Barrie Arts Awards program is made possible by the City of Barrie Department of Culture and the generosity of several local businesses that have provided either financial or inkind donations. The Presentation Sponsor for the Barrie Arts Awards since its inception in 2008 is TD Trust. The design sponsor is Rhubarb Media and the media sponsor since 2012 is CTV Barrie.  Thank you! A big thank you as well to Georgian College ,The Barrie AdvanceTamarco Contracting Ltd. , Inside the Music and Ted Handy & Associates for their award sponsorship.

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