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National Arts Centre goes for gold, raising $765000 at 50th Anniversary Gala with Sarah McLachlan – Ottawa Business Journal

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The National Arts Centre could not have asked for a better birthday gift than the remarkable $10-million donation that’s come its way from philanthropists Janice and Earle O’Born, as was announced during the NAC’s signature gala on Saturday night.

The good news was shared on stage in Southam Hall by Christopher Deacon, president and CEO of the NAC, prior to the start of the concert featuring Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan with the NAC Orchestra and its music director, Alexander Shelley, as maestro.

The audience reacted by delivering the first standing ovation of the night. Earle O’Born is chairman and founder of Toronto-based firm The Printing House Ltd. while Janice is chair of the board of directors for the NAC Foundation. The name may also sound familiar because one of the NAC’s beautiful new event spaces, the O’Born Room, is named after them.

“It’s the largest gift in the history of the National Arts Centre,” said Deacon before going on to say how the funds will help enrich the lives of Canadians through the performing arts by helping to put artists on stages at the NAC, across Canada and around the world.

“I’m a little verklempt,” chimed in NAC Foundation CEO Jayne Watson, who was standing alongside Deacon at the podium during their remarks. 

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Earle O’Born, chairman and founder of The Printing House Ltd., and his wife, Janice O’Borne, board chair of the National Arts Centre Foundation, on the red carpet at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Watson also shared the amount of money raised from that evening’s NAC’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala: $725,000. The net total rose to $765,000 after the post-concert dinner, which included a live auction. The funds will help support the NAC’s education activities in music, theatre and dance from coast to coast to coast.

Watson delivered perhaps the funniest line of the night when she opened with: “Christopher, we really should have checked with each other before showing up wearing the same haircut. That never happened with Laureen [Harper] and Sophie [Grégoire Trudeau].”

It’s tradition for the wives of the prime ministers to serve as honorary chairs of the gala. Grégoire Trudeau was invited this year but, with the federal election right around the corner, was not in a position to accept, according to NAC officials.

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Jayne Watson, CEO of the National Arts Centre Foundation, with Christopher Deacon, president and CEO of the National Arts Centre, at the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala, held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Among the supporters seen that night were Adrian Burns, chair of the NAC’s board of trustees and a director of sponsor Shaw Communications; lawyers from Ottawa-based labour and employment law firm Emond Harnden, which was a major sponsor; Gail Asper, president of The Asper Foundation; Sam Mizrahi, president and founder of Mizrahi Developments; Liza Mrak, co-owner of Mark Motors Group; sponsors Chris Taggart and Mary Taggart; Mariette MacIsaac, manager of the Trinity Development Foundation; and regional bank presidents Victor Pellegrino from BMO and Marjolaine Hudon from RBC.

Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of defence staff, was seen arriving with his wife, Kerry. Also spotted were Beverley McLachlin, retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and her husband, Frank McArdle.

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From left, Gwen Goodier with NAC Orchestra music director and maestro Alexander Shelley, NAC president and CEO Christopher Deacon, and Zoe Shelley at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Adrian Burns, chair of the board of trustees for the National Arts Centre, is flanked by Canadian songwriter and composer Dave Pierce, left, and award-winning host, writer, and interviewer Dave Kelly at the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala held Saturday, October 5, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Emond Harnden LLP partners André Champagne, Sophie Gagnier, Sébastien Huard, Colleen Dunlop, chief operating officer Antoinette Strazza, Céline Delorme and co-founding partner Lynn Harnden at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Danya Vered, vice president at StrategyCorp, with her husband, David Glick-Stal, sales representative with CBRE, and her sister, Ariel Vered, senior manager with Women in Communications & Technology, at the National Art Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Chris Taggart, president of Tamarack Developments, and his wife, Mary Taggart, publisher and editor-in-chief of Ottawa At Home magazine, were sponsors of the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala, held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Retired chief justice Beverley McLachlin and her husband, Frank McArdle, are flanked by Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup and his wife, Aparna, at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Liza Mrak, co-owner of Mark Motors Group, with her partner, Gary Zed, at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Gail Asper, president of The Asper Foundation, with executive director Moe Levy at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Susan Glass, former vice-chair of the board of trustees at the NAC, and her husband Arni Thorsteinson, from Winnipeg, at the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Sam Mizrahi, founder and president of Mizrahi Developments, seen arriving to the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala with his wife, Micki Mizrahi, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Michael MacIsaac and his wife, Mariette MacIsaac, manager of the Trinity Development Foundation, with Delphine Hasle, executive director of The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation, and Daniel Charron  at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of defence staff, with his wife, Kerry Vance, at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Tina Campagna and BMO regional vice-president Rick Campagna, Stefania Ianni and BMO regional president Victor (Vittorio) Pellegrino, with BMO regional vice-president Omar Abouzaher and Hanadi Abouzaher at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Watson’s brother, Mayor Jim Watson, helped out later with the live auction for a private dinner for six with Shelley, and an all-expense paid trip for two to Antarctica, courtesy of OneOcean Expeditions.

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson with long-time friend Blair Dickerson at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Gerda Hnatyshyn, wife of the late Ray Hnatyshyn, former governor general of Canada, at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala with Greg Kane, counsel at Dentons. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Bob Gauthier, senior vice-president with Doherty & Associates, and Lizane Castonguay, with Deepali Mani and Mahesh Mani, partner with KPMG, at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Nicolas de Rivière and his wife, French Ambassador Kareen Rispal, with Alice Martinier and Elliot Bellanger at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, project management consultant John McCourt with his wife, Marjolaine Hudon, regional president of RBC, and her guests, Catrina Curran and Michael Curran, publisher of the Ottawa Business Journal, at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Alan Neal, host of All in a Day on CBC Radio, with his wife, Jill Zmud, on the red carpet at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips

The first half of the concert took the audience through 50 years of the NAC, with orchestral music and costumes. There were performances by indigenous pop and electronic music artist iskwē; writer, director and actor Mani Soleymanlou; and National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Greta Hodgkinson, along with appearances from Karen Kain, Come From Away co-writer David Hein, and Kevin Loring, the first artistic director of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC.

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From left, Jody-Kay Marklew with her husband, Kevin Loring, artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s new Indigenous Theatre, and its managing director, Lori Marchand, at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Indigenous pop and electronic music artist iskwē ​​​​(third from left) on the red carpet with her family at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley with special guest David Hein, co-writer of Canadian musical hit Come From Away (and a Lisgar Collegiate Institute grad!) at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. Photo by Caroline Phillips

In the second half of the show, McLachlan entertained the audience with song after song, including all her beloved hits, while moving between piano and guitar. “I’m so, so, so happy to be here to help celebrate 50 amazing years for National Arts Centre,” she told her audience. “They do so much for eduction and youth and the arts. I’m privileged to celebrate the stage with an amazing orchestra and with a wonderful bunch of artists.”

McLachlan was warm, charming and so relatable as she shared with the audience the meaning behind some of her songs. Most of the material is “depressing stuff,” she acknowledged good-naturedly.

“I love sad songs. The darker the better. I think it’s because, as a song writer, it’s very cathartic to be able to dive into one’s suffering and loss and confusion and try and find a way through it.”

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Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan performs with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala, held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Ernesto Di Stefano (George Pimentel Photography)

She spoke appreciatively of the opportunities given to her early in life, both from her schools’ vibrant music programs and from the private music lessons paid for by her parents. By age 17, she joined a band and was able to share the “powerful force of inclusion and unity” with her fellow musicians.

“I’ve been so incredibly thankful for it my entire life, to feel like I found my tribe, with my musicians, with people who love the arts, love music, and want to support it.

“I feel that love and energy here tonight, so powerfully.”

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Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan performs with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala, held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Ernesto Di Stefano (George Pimentel Photography)
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Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan performs with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during the NAC’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala, held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Ernesto Di Stefano (George Pimentel Photography)

— caroline@obj.ca

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White House to honour Jon Voight, Alison Krauss with National Medal of Arts – CBC.ca

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Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, singer and musician Alison Krauss and mystery writer James Patterson are among the artists and philanthropists being honoured by President Donald Trump for their contributions to the arts or the humanities, the first recipients of prestigious national medals since Trump took office.

The White House announced four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal in a statement Sunday night. Voight is one of Trump’s few vocal Hollywood backers, and has hailed him as “the greatest president of this century.”

Trump is also honouring the musicians of the U.S. military, who frequently entertain at White House events.

Trump will award the medals during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.

While the honours had been an annual affair during past administrations, they have not been awarded since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. The most recent arts or humanities medals were bestowed by President Barack Obama in September 2016.

U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer Diana Ross during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., Nov. 22, 2016. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

The recipients of the National Medal of Arts are:

  • Alison Krauss, the bluegrass-country singer and musician, “for making extraordinary contributions to American music.” The White House misspelled her name in its release.
  • Sharon Percy Rockefeller “for being a renowned champion of the arts, generous supporter of charity, and a pioneer of new ideas and approaches in the field of public policy.”
  • The Musicians of the United States Military “for personifying excellence in music and service to country.”
  • Jon Voight “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.” Voight starred in Midnight Cowboy, the 1969 film that won an Academy Award for best picture, and he won the best actor Oscar for 1978’s Coming Home. He appears in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.

The recipients of the National Humanities Medal are:

  • The Claremont Institute “for championing the Nation’s founding principles and enriching American minds.”
  • Teresa Lozano Long “for supporting the arts and improving educational opportunities” through scholarships and philanthropy.
  • Patrick O’Connell, the chef at The Inn at Little Washington, “for being one of the greatest chefs of our time.”
  • James Patterson “for being one of the most successful American authors of our time.” Patterson wrote a book about Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who killed himself while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls. The book includes several references to Trump, including an account of the men’s falling out.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities solicit candidates for the medals and compile proposed winners. The White House, which sometimes adds its own nominees, traditionally approves and announces them ahead of a presidential ceremony.

Trump has had an uneasy if not hostile relationship with many in the arts and the humanities who oppose his policies and have denounced his presidency. He has been largely shunned by Hollywood and has skipped events like the annual Kennedy Centre gala that is one of Washington’s premier social gatherings after some honorees said they would not attend if Trump was part of the ceremony.

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Alison Krauss to Be Awarded National Medal of Arts – Rolling Stone

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Alison Krauss is among those chosen to receive the National Medal of Arts from President Trump. The honorees, including the country-bluegrass musician, actor Jon Voight, and the bands of the United States military, mark the first recipients of arts and humanities medals of Trump’s presidency.

Trump is set to present the medals at the White House during a Thursday ceremony. It’s unknown if Krauss will attend. A rep for the Grammy-winning vocalist did not return a request for comment.

The White House announced the honorees in a release on Sunday night that extolled Krauss’s “extraordinary contributions to American music” and noted how she has “entertained and enriched the souls of millions.” It also initially misspelled her name as “Allison.”

Known for her exemplary fiddle playing and angelic voice, Krauss has released music as a solo artist and with the group Union Station, featuring Dan Tyminski and Jerry Douglas. In 2007 she joined Robert Plant to release the Grammy-winning album Raising Sand. Overall, Krauss has received 27 Grammy awards.

Last week, she was announced as one of the headliners of the 2020 MerleFest, the annual string-music festival in North Carolina.

Recipients of the Medal of Humanities — the counterpart honor to the Medal of Arts — include chef Patrick J. O’Connell and mystery novelist James Patterson.

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Kamloops arts centre vote will be held on April 4

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A referendum requesting voter approval to borrow funds for a performing-arts centre will be held on Saturday, April 4.

Kamloops council on Tuesday chose that date after looking at recommendtions from staff based on legislative timelines, staff resources and how the time of year might affect voter turnout.

The yes-no question will be: “Are you in favour of the City of Kamloops borrowing up to $45 million to construct a Kamloops Centre for the Arts?”

Now that the referendum date has been set, next steps include appointing a chief election officer and deputy chief election officer, likely in early December, and notifying the province.

The Kamloops Centre for the Arts is proposed to rise at the former Kamloops Daily News location downtown at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seymour Street. The proposal is being organized by the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society, with a land donation and financial backing from local philanthropists and businesspeople Ron and Rae Fawcett.

The $70-million centre would include a main theatre (1,200 seats), a small theatre (450 seats), a black box theatre (75 seats), along with space for rehearsal, production and meetings for various groups.

The society hopes to secure between $25 million and $40 million in fundraising and grant funding, leaving the city on the hook for between $30 million and $45 million in capital costs.

The city said it would not need to increase taxes as a result of the Tournament Capital Centre being nearly paid off by the time it borrows money for the arts centre.

The city would, however, be on the hook for operating costs, similar to other facilities like the Westsyde Pool, Sandman Centre or Tournament Capital Centre, and $3 million in site servicing for underground utility work.

A previous proposal to borrow up to $49 million for a $91-million performing-arts centre failed in 2015 by referendum, 54 per cent to 46 per cent. If next spring’s referendum question gets the nod from voters next spring, construction could begin in the summer of 2021, with the arts centre completed by the spring of 2023 for a fall 2023 opening.

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