Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 05, 2009 16:02 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore,Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Awarding of the 2009 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2009) - Canada's professional artists devote a lifetime to developing their expertise, refining their crafts, and promoting their art. Thanks to the energy and dedication of our creative sector, Canadians have access to a wide array of artistic and cultural works that reflect our diverse heritage. Our Government recognizes how hard artists work and how much they contribute to our society and our economy. We are pleased to provide support for them through the programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and many other federal organizations.

Each year the Canada Council for the Arts awards the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards to outstanding professional Canadian artists who are in mid-career. These awards pay tribute to outstanding work done in the areas of dance, integrated arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, writing and publishing-disciplines funded by the Council.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I want to congratulate this year's award recipients-choreographer Tammy Forsythe; collaborative duo, composed of Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard; filmmaker Jackson 2bears; saxophonist and composer Kirk MacDonald; playwright Drew Hayden Taylor; visual artist Adad Hannah; and author Andre Girard-and to thank them for their contribution to the vitality of Canadian arts and culture.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications