MARTYS

2015 AWARD WINNERS

The 2015 MARTYS were handed out on May 7, 2015 in a ceremony at the Living Arts Centre Hammerson Hall

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Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year

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Marlene Taylor

Marlene Taylor of Mississauga, ON has beeen both an associate producer and a producer involved with many musical theatre productions for the Music Theatre Mississauga (MTM) Encore Series and other community groups.  As well, she is the volunteer Marketing Director for MTM and promotes the Series along with the 5 shows within the subscription series at Meadowvale Theatre. For over thirteen years, Marlene has been volunteering her creative talents for community theatre productions within the community of Mississauga, Brampton and in other surrounding areas. Selflessly devoting consistent personal hours into production budgets for shows, marketing the Series, creating posters and marketing campaigns as well as producing entertainment for patrons to enjoy the talents of our community.

Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts

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Gil Moore

A long-time resident of Mississauga, Gil is a founding member of Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Triumph, recipients of 25 gold and platinum record awards. Moore has been active in the Canadian music industry for over 35 years and is the CEO and Founder of Mississauga’s Metalworks Studios, Metalworks Institute and Metalworks Production Group.

People’s Choice

Justin Covas

Justin Covas

I am a positive and ambitious gentleman and enjoy inspiring others. I am the founder of Search Shark, In which I was selected at TOP 20 Youth Entrepreneurs in Ontario by the government of Canada. In my Spare time I perform at youth programs and open mics blowing minds up with the amazing art of beatboxing. I was top 16 beatboxers in canada for beatboxcanada in 2013.

Emerging Literary Arts

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Peta-Gaye Nash

When Peta-Gaye Nash is not writing, she is thinking about writing. She blogs on her website www.petagayenash.com and teaches English as a second language. Peta-Gaye has written five children’s books and in 2010 her debut collection of short stores, I too Hear the Drums, was published. Her work appears in several anthologies.

Established Literary Arts

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Katarzyna Kochany

Katarzyna Kochany is an adventurous writer and filmmaker specializing in family-friendly entertainment with a kick of action. Her work has been showcased on every continent except Antarctica. In 2014 she won the Grand Prize at Nevada Sesquicentennial Historical Writing Competition for her road trip story Strange Things Happen In Nevada.

Emerging Visual Arts

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Breanna Shanahan

Breanna Shanahan is a sculptor whose practice revolves around people. Her latest works are an attempt to interpret and understand human nature through sculptural collaboration. She creates metaphors for social phenomena’s by vectoring data given to her by peers. Her endeavor to push the limitations of machines has initiated a series of pieces that work outside their primary uses and visual aesthetic.

 Established Visual Arts

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Lizz Aston

Lizz Aston is a fibre‐based artist from Mississauga, currently living and working in Toronto. Her work bridges gaps between traditional textile practice, contemporary art and design. Aston holds a diploma in Crafts & Design from Sheridan College (2009). She has exhibited across Canada, the USA, Australia, and South Korea.

Emerging Media Arts

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Troy De Four

Troy is a Canadian born producer based in Toronto. He became involved in musical theatre performance and production during his childhood and teen years. He received his education in Television and New media from Loyalist College, and recently returned to the GTA to create content for local organizations.

Emerging Performing Arts Group

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Dead Penny

Dead Penny is one of the most unique live experiences Toronto has to offer. Incredibly flexible with style, dynamic, size, and instrumentation, Dead Penny is always lead by Sam Morton and features some of the best young musicians in the city. The band consistently includes:  Nick Tateishi (Guitar), Julia Carlucci (Vocals), Kairon Haynes (Drums), Ernesto Barahona (Trombone), and Andrew Racknor (Alto Sax). At a Dead Penny show, one can expect to see every genre of popular music mashed into memorable and energetic sets that make their audiences lose their mind.

Established Performing Arts Group

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Mississauga Pops

Mississauga Pops was founded 35 years ago and boasts a membership of over 50 amateur and semi-professional performers from mixed age groups, backgrounds, and professions. The band has a diverse repertoire including classical, swing/big band, jazz, marches, contemporary, rock, and the latest Broadway tunes. Guest artists have given both audiences and band members the chance to share in musical moments. The band has hosted benefit concerts for various local charity groups and provided music education bursaries to talented young musicians in the city. MPCB plays in the Sunset Concert Series in Port Credit each year, is affiliated with Miss. Recreation and Parks and is a member of Mississauga Arts Council.

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All Masters Lion Dance Association

All Masters Lion Dance Cultural Association with All Masters Martial Arts Centre under Grandmaster Ngu is celebrating their thirty six year as a professional Lion Dance team. They are the largest lion dance team throughout Canada. Their traditional lion dance and Kung Fu martial arts performance will bring excitement to the community and the audiences. They are guaranteed to bring in large crowds and leave people impressed   with their high quality shows.

Emerging Performing Artist

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William Leathers

At 12 William Franklin Leathers became the youngest trumpeter ever in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. One year later in 2014, he became principal trumpeter. William is also a gifted pianist who has played The Glenn Gould Studio; and in Rideau Hall for Governor General David Johnston and other dignitaries.

Established Performing Artist

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Peter Katz

Peter Katz is a JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter who tours extensively nationally and internationally and was recently crowned Best Male Vocalist in the popular NOW Magazine 2014 reader’s poll (readership of ½ million).

“If talent alone ensures success, then Peter Katz will soon be a name of everyone’s lips” — The Record

Creative Community

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The Dam Poets Society

The Dam Poets Society is a small group of youth artists and adult facilitators. Beginning in September 2014, the collective has met each Wednesday evening to learn, share and grow in the art of writing. We have benefited from several guest speakers and workshop leaders who have shared their specific genre or style of writing. Throughout the months of September to the end of November 2014, we worked on creating a compilation of our writing. This writing served to assist us in processing emotions, life events and struggles that we face every day. The work was collected in a small coil-bound book (meant to look like a notebook), which was sold at The Dam’s annual fundraising auction. We hope to branch out into visual, performing, musical and any other art we can find!