2019-20 ARTS & LETTERS AWARD
Composer Alexina Louie's works have become part of the standard repertoire, and her numerous compositions for piano are performed frequently by both students and professionals. One of her best known, Scenes From A Jade Terrace, was commissioned by Jon Kimura Parker. Her orchestral works have been performed on international stages by world renowned conductors. Dominique Dumais’ a hundred words for snow was set to Louie's O Magnum Mysterium: In Memoriam Glenn Gould, which The Globe and Mail described as Louie’s “profoundly beautiful” homage to the late musician. The National Ballet of Canada commissioned her to write Wolf’s Court, a work in collaboration with choreographer Matjash Mrozewski. In 2009, the Canadian Opera Company presented her full-length, mainstage opera The Scarlet Princess (with libretto by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) in concert before a sold-out audience in Toronto. The live recorded concert was broadcast across Canada and was received to enormous acclaim. Her vocal and operatic works have been performed by Barbara Hannigan, Russell Braun, Daniel Okulitch, and John Relyea, among others. Louie’s expertise in vocal writing is highlighted in her ground-breaking made-for-TV mini-operas Toothpaste and Burnt Toast, both of which were created in collaboration with director Larry Weinstein and librettist Dan Redican. In 2014, violinist James Ehnes commissioned Beyond Time, a highly virtuosic, colourful work for violin and piano which he has taken on tour. And her Triple Concerto For Three Violins And Orchestra, jointly commissioned by the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony for their three concertmasters, was performed by all three orchestras during Canada’s celebratory 150th Anniversary year.
In 2002, Alexina Louie was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour.
THE E.J. PRATT HONORARY MEMBER FOR LITERATURE
Anne Michaels is a Torontobased novelist and poet. Her books are translated and published in 45 countries and have won numerous international awards. Her 1996 debut novel, Fugitive Pieces, won the Orange Prize and the Guardian Fiction Award. It was also adapted as a feature film in 2007. Her next novel, The Winter Vault, published in 2009, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her book of poetry, Correspondences, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016 Anne was named Toronto’s fifth Poet Laureate, a role from which she has recently stepped down. Her latest collection of poetry, All We Saw, explores the human question about “what love makes us capable of, and incapable of.” All We Saw was written to honour intimate friends of more than thirty years who died within a short span of time. The Guardian has described Anne Michaels as “a great poet of loss, and the challenges of memory in the face of it.” We heartily welcome Anne to the Arts & Letters Club!
ERIC ARTHUR HONORARY MEMBER FOR ARCHITECTURE
Added to his background as an independent journalist, researcher, writer, and editor who has written for many publications, John Lorinc has a deep understanding of Toronto’s history. An award-winning author and journalist, he is Senior Editor and urban affairs columnist at Spacing Magazine, non-fiction Toronto editor for Coach House Books, and a leading thinker in Toronto’s urbanist networks. He has authored two books that trace contemporary and historic ideas about urban affairs. Through two anthologies he co-edited, The Ward (2015), and The Ward Uncovered (2018), he has been involved in researching and presenting the story of the historic district whose handful of surviving buildings includes our own clubhouse at 14 Elm Street. He is also a co-executive producer — with club member Michael McClelland — of The Ward Cabaret, a musical exploration of the The Ward district. John is the co-editor of the anthology Housing Divided: How the Missing Middle Can Solve the Affordability Crisis. Published this past spring, Housing Divided explores new, affordable forms of housing that would be compatible with Toronto’s low-rise neighbourhoods of single-family homes.
THE SIR ERNEST MACMILLAN HONORARY MEMBER FOR MUSIC
Conductor David Fallis is renowned as one of Canada’s leading interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire, operatic, choral and orchestral. As Opera Atelier's Music Director he has helped bring that company to stages in the US, Versailles, Korea and Japan, with operas by Mozart, Purcell, Handel, Charpentier, Monteverdi and Rameau. He was conductor of the Toronto Chamber Choir, and until his recent retirement, was long-time Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, a renowned chamber group specializing in the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, that has toured in Europe and Canada and recorded for Marquis Classics, Dorian and SRI. He is now serving as Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Toronto’s Mendelssohn Choir. He has worked in film and television and is Historical Music Producer for Showtime’s acclaimed series The Tudors.
His conducting interests also include contemporary works. He led the world premiere of Christos Hatzis’ De Angelis, the Elmer Iseler Singers in a performance of the Missa Flamenca by the flamenco guitar master Paco Peña, and he was the Music Director for the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis and The Children's Crusade at Luminato. He has served as conductor for the new music collective Continuum and his program of works by Arvo Pärt has been heard on CBC’s Two New Hours. A musician of great curiosity, he was co-artistic director of Toronto’s Metamorphosis Festival, an innovative and multi-cultural three-month-long festival of music, opera, dance, film, theatre and design. Mr. Fallis teaches in the Graduate Department of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
THE J.E.H. MacDONALD MEMBER FOR PAINTING
Sky Goodden, is the founding publisher and editor of Momus (momus.ca), an international online art publication and podcast that stresses “a return to art criticism.” Momus has been shortlisted for two International Awards for Art Criticism since its inauguration in 2014, and has attracted over 900,000 readers. Goodden was the Artist-in-Residence at Montreal’s Concordia University in 2018–19. She holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which in 2016 awarded her an Alumni of In uence Award. She has published in Frieze, Modern Painters, Canadian Art, C Magazine, the National Post, and Art21.