2018-19 ARTS & LETTERS AWARD
Margie Zeidler is one of our most creative thinkers on urban space and urban community. A recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize, Zeidler has built her projects on principles expounded by the renowned urban and community activist. Her best-known project is 401 Richmond, a derelict warehouse that she turned into an exciting and welcoming hub of creative activity, reflecting her city building values for heritage preservation, excellence in design, affordable creative spaces, collaboration and innovation.
THE E.J. PRATT HONORARY MEMBER FOR LITERATURE
Albert Moritz is the author of 20 books of poetry. His poetry has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the world’s largest and one of its most prestigious awards for a volume of English-language poetry, for The Sentinel (2008), the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Award, selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, and three nominations as finalist volumes for the Governor General’s Award, among other recognitions. His most recent books are The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018) and Sequence: a Poem (2015), both from House of Anansi Press, and the 2015 re-publication by Princeton University Press of his 1986 volume, The Tradition.
He is a translator of poetry from French and Spanish, specializing in the work of the Chilean poet Ludwig Zeller. Moritz has also written published prose works in the areas of literary and artistic history and social history, among them America the Picturesque, concerning the convergence of the art tradition of “the sublime, the beautiful, and the picturesque” with the first “mass” visual art of engraved illustration for mechanical reproduction and distribution in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In collaboration with Prof. Theresa Moritz, he has written The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Canada (1987); the standard biography of Stephen Leacock, Stephen Leacock: His Remarkable Life (2002); and a biography of Emma Goldman, The World’s Most Dangerous Woman (2001), which received the 2003 Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum Prize in Canadian Jewish History.
THE ERIC ARTHUR HONORARY MEMBER FOR ARCHITECTURE
Stephen Otto was the founding head of Ontario’s heritage conservation programs in the late 1970s where, among other things, he inaugurated the architectural conservation provisions of the Ontario Heritage Act, persuaded Eric Horwood to make his splendid gift of 30,000+ drawings to Ontario Archives, corralled Spadina House into the joint public ownership of the City of Toronto and Ontario Heritage Foundation and ensured the preservation of the Middlesex Courthouse in downtown London, Ontario.The preservation and presentation of Fort York was a passion of Stephen’s. He was one of the founders of the Friends of Fort York and has edited their newsletter, The Fife & Drum, for many years. His commitment to Fort York was seminal in reclaiming large chunks of real estate around the Fort that allowed for its redevelopment. He was a long-serving member of the Toronto Historical Board and was recognized with a number of important awards.
He was the author responsible for the revision to Eric Arthur’s classic guide to Toronto’s 19th- century architecture, Toronto: No Mean City (1986). (Both editions are included in the Club’s library.) He is currently working on a book on the architectural legacy of Ontario prior to the First World War. The Architecture Committee is sad to note his death on April 22, 2018.
THE SIR ERNEST MACMILLAN HONORARY MEMBER FOR MUSIC
Soprano Lorna MacDonald is Professor of Voice, and Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto. Head of Voice from 1994-2007, she leads Vocal Pedagogy in a progressive, three-level program combining music, science and teaching. A recipient of Ontario’s OCUFA Award for “teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to university teaching” and a 2015 Teaching Award recipient, MacDonald is known for her clarity, diagnostic skill and deep passion. She is the creator and librettist of The Bells of Baddeck – the Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell Story, music by Dean Burry, which was described by Opera Canada as “a tour de force production”. Other original programs include her multi-media work Lois Marshall in Russia, and Marrying Mozart, adapted from the book by Stephanie Cowell.
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
Maria Popoff stage-managed Stratford’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Hamlet and Comedy of Errors, and the CanStage production of Helen Lawrence in New York and Belgium, as well as David Suzuki’s Legacy lecture and the Royal Ontario Museum’s opening ceremonies for the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Maria is a stage-management coach and mentor with the National Theatre School of Canada. She has produced two award-winning short films, and recently was onset costume supervisor for the first season of the CBC and Netflix series Anne. Upcoming projects include a theatre production of Helen Lawrence in Los Angeles.