THE E.J. PRATT HONORARY MEMBER FOR LITERATURE
Novelist and poet Molly Peacock is the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, an annual publication by Tightrope Books, and during her decade as editor she has delighted in an amazing renaissance in Canadian poetry. Next year, her tenth, will be her last as editor; the volume will comprise “the best of the best” and she is at work on an introductory essay, “What is a Canadian Poem,” as an editorial swan song. Her latest work, The Analyst: poems (2017), is a series of powerful linked poems that arise from the reversal in relationships that arose after her analyst of forty years suffered a stroke and turned to art as a channel for her energies. The book has been widely and enthusiastically reviewed.
THE ERIC ARTHUR HONORARY MEMBER FOR ARCHITECTURE
Jason Dobbin is the current chair of the Toronto Society of Architects. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and his early practice was in Chicago. Jason is a Senior Associate in the firm of Montgomery Sisam, Architects in Toronto where he has practised since 2009. Jason is a skilled designer with a clear understanding of function, form and material issues as applied to both new construction and renovations to existing buildings. In addition to his work in health care and educational facilities, Jason takes an active approach to ensuring quality control is adhered to on all projects undertaken. A strong advocate for design awareness within North American communities, Jason has developed an interest and area of expertise in higher education, urban infrastructure, and housing. He is also an Executive on the Design Industry Advisory Committee, as well as the Urban Land Institute.
THE SIR ERNEST MACMILLAN HONORARY MEMBER FOR MUSIC
Composer, performer and radio producer David Jaeger is well-known as the creator of one of the world's most celebrated new music programs, "Two New Hours", which was heard on Radio Two until 2007. From 1974 to 2002 he was CBC's Radio coordinator of the CBC/Radio-Canada National Radio Competition for Young Composers.
Jaeger was a founding member of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, a group which was on the leading edge of live performance with electronic instruments, and which provided him with his main outlet for his compositional efforts and experiments. Many of his works include an electronic element, although a few have been written for traditional instruments (eg, Double Wind Quintet, 1975; Lyrics for Solo Marimba (1985), Aria for cello and piano, 1987; and Sonata for viola and piano, 1988). Favour (1980) for electric viola has been recorded by Rivka Golani (1983, Centrediscs CMC-0883) and Shadowbox has been recorded by accordionist Joseph Petric (1988, Centrediscs CMC-CD-3288).
In 2002 he was elected President of the International Rostrum of Composers, the first non-European to be named to this post in the 55-year history of that organization. He served as President of the IRC until 2008. His commitment to new music has made available to radio audiences a full spectrum of music from around the world, with a special emphasis on Canadian music and performers. Jaeger has encouraged a generation of composers and musicians, aiding in the birth of a number of ensembles and festivals dedicated to this repertoire.
THE J.E.H. MacDONALD MEMBER FOR PAINTING
Anita Kunz is an acclaimed visual artist with works in a number of prestigious collections, and her cover art appears in magazines such as Time, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ and The New York Times. She is a member of the Order of Canada.
THE JOHN COULTER MEMBER FOR STAGE
Rosemary Dunsmore is an award winning actress, director and teacher whose career has taken her across Canada, the United States and Europe. Recently stage appearances in Toronto include Pieces, Haunted, Allie and Kev, Tout Comme Elle, The New Electric Ballroom(Dora nomination best actress), Kayak, Festen, The Sisters Rosenswieg, The Glass Menagerie. She has been recently seen in the feature films The Baby Formula (Actra Best Actress Award), Orphan, At Home By Myself With Me and Don’t Get Killed in Alaska. She has made many TV appearances and is also online in the web-series Guidestones and Ruby Skye P.I. She is well known as Katherine Brooke in the Anne of Green Gables series and as Mom P.I in the self-named CBC series. She is also a busy theatre director. She previously directed Jane Eyre and The Skin of Our Teeth at George Brown. Recent directing credits include: The Beauty Queen of Leenane(Halifax), My Granny the Goldfish(Toronto), Bordertown Café(Victoria and Winnipeg. She has taught for Equity Showcase, the National Theatre School, University of Toronto, Directors Guild of Canada, SIFT and independent workshops across the country. She is the Actor in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre. She was chosen by Maclean’s Magazine in 1990 for the Honour Roll of Canadians Who Make a Difference.