Past SCA Events

Sudbury Celebration of the Arts Past Events

(Formerly the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts)

2018 Nominees & Winners


Max Merrifield

Max is the Executive/Artistic Director of Canada’s longest-running, outdoor music festival: Nothern Lights Festival Boréal. His years at Northern Lights include the intoduction of numerous projects and initiatives such as: the expansion of the festival schedule, special collaborative programming projects, and the launch of a new music festival slated for spring 2019. Under the moniker ‘Silvertongue”, he is also a hip-hop and spoken word artist. Independently and in collaboration with others, he presents frequent hip-hop, rock and folk shows as well as spoken word events in Greater Sudbury. He is an active board member with Folk Music Ontario and Myths & Mirrors Community Arts.

Danielle Daniel

Danielle Daniel is an award-winning author/illustrator of three picture books: Once in a Blue Moon, You Hold Me Up (illustrator) and Sometimes I Fell Like a Fox; winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and one of New York Public Library’s 2015 Notable Titles. Her memoir, The Dependent, was shortlisted for the 2017 Louise de Kirline Lawrence Award. Danielle is a MGA candidate in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She paints and writes in Sudbury Ontario, where she was born and raised.

Alessandro Constantini (winner)

Alessandro is an actor, producer and director born and raised in Sudbury. He is the Artistic Director of YES Theatre, now entering its 9th year, which has become one of Northern Ontario’s leading artistic institutions. As an actor, Alessandro has worked extensively throughout eastern Canada. His work with YES includes the creation of the YES Theatre Orchestra and the launch of two new musicals as part of from the Ground Up, a New Works Commission program. This August, YES will launch a summer repertory festival which includes Merrily We Roll Along, and Violet


Édouard Landry

Édouard Landry creates a folk universe with pop, rock and reggar accents mixed with catchy melodies throughout his songs. He launches his first solo album, “Pomme Plastique”, in 2015 inspired mainly by the city of New York. Fascinated by travel and passionate about discovering new places, it was on his journey to Chicago that he created his second opus, “Pomme Plastique II”, which he launched in March 2016. His third album, “L’escalade”, was released in November of 2017. Édouard is now preparing his fourth solo album, “Pomme Plastique III”, inspired, this time, by the city of Los Angeles.

Kim Fahner

Kim was the fourth poet laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury (2016-18), and was the first woman appointed to the role. She has published four volumes of poetry: You Must Imagine the Cold Here (Scrivener Press, 1997), Braille on Water (Penumbra Press, 2001), The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012), and Some Other Sky (Balck Moss Press, 2017). Her play, Sparrows Over Slag, had a staged reading (in collaboration with Pat the Dog Theatre Cambrian) at Wordstock in Nov 2017. Kim has also completed a novel titled, The Donoghue Girl. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and Writers’ Union of Canada.

Miriam Cusson (winner)

Miriam is a director, actor, playwright and designer. She founded/co-founded several local theatre companies, notably le Collectif FFF (2003-05), les Productions roches brûlées (2009-14) and the Théâtre aux quatre vents (a community/university company dedicated to exploration and emerging artists). Her works exploring Sudbury and northern Ontario include Le Parcours littéraire (a traveling multi-site piece exploring 100 years of Franco-Sudburian literature), Sudbury Blues (presented at Montréal’s Festival international de la littérature), Nowhere du Nord (created while artist-in-residence at the Musagetes Foundation and Parmi les éclats (2018). In 2017, Miriam was awarded the OAC’s prestigious John Hirsh award for directing. Miriam teaches at Laurentian University in its francophone theatre program.


Paul Loewenberg

Paul has been an active musician and music presenter in Sudbury for 29 years -17 years as Artistic Director for the Northern Lights, 25 years presenting music through The Townehouse Tavern. He has presented approximately 5000 shows from emerging punk bands to the country’s most revered Pop, Folk, Jazz and World music artists. He teaches Music History at Cambrian College and continues to present concerts and play every week. From Sunday afternoon Bluegrass to an 11-piece Soul band there isn’t a type of music Paul hasn’t played. He feels that the community is stronger with more people engaged in a cultural life.

Denise Truax

Denise Truax is the co-executive director and publisher of Éditions Prise de paroles, a literary publishing house based in Sudbury, where she has worked since 1988. She is a founding member and first publisher of Éditions l’Interligne in Ottawa, a founding partner of the Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury, and of the Regroupement des éditeurs franco-canadiens in Ottawa. She is a past member of the board of the Ontario Arts Council and other organizations, primarily in the arts sector. Born in Sherbrooke (Québec), she grew up in Sturgeon Falls.

Daniel Bédard (winner)

Over the last 40 years, native Sudburian Daniel Bédard has been the composer, sound designer, producer, musical director and musician for many award winning local, national and international projects and events. His workds include music for theatre, radio, music for poetry CDs, classical works, film scores, soundscapes for object theatres and installations, and albums and tours with various artists. He also developed and taught electronic music and theory courses at Laurentian University for 20 years, and served as a mentor to many young emerging northern artitst.

Recipient of the Sudbury Arts Council President's Award Iona Reed Pukara

It is not possible to count how many students were touched, inspireed and have launched their own careers coming from the Karl Pukara School Studio started in 1964 by Iona and Karl.  A virtual protégé, Iona started to play piano at age 5 and had never looked back.  Lured to Sudbury by her talented brother, Ronald, her formal career began teaching piano and playing accordion in his band in 1957.

After taking additional lessons a year or so later, from Karl Pukara, her future husband, she excelled so quickly that Iona began to teach the accordion to others just a year later.  A number of mentors who saw her talent encouraged Iona to go into the world championship competitions where she placed in the top group for several competitions and then took the world by storm becoming the World Champion Winner in 1962 in Prague.

Again in 1997, Iona was asked to play the pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, later on in her career performing at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Francophone World Summit in Moncton to name a few high profile gigs.

Today, Iona continues to entertain and bring joy to the Sudbury community with her partner Ron Kelly who play at all kinds of events, venues and parties.  Her passion and love for music is contagious.


2017 Nominees & Winners


Tyler Fauvelle - Sculptor

Born in Northern Ontario, Tyler started sculpting as a child and has been a professional sculptor since 2008. Inspired by Canada's natural and cultural heritage, he sculpts in clay and casts his work in bronze or in a metal-infused medium. His public monumental artworks include commemorations of indigenous military heroes and activists, cultural figures and Canadian mining pioneers. He is currently working on a military commemorative bronze to be unveiled in St. Thomas later this year.

Tyler lives and works in Lively, Ontario, with his wife and partner, Jana.

Shawn Kosmerly - Music Video Producer/Director (winner)

Musician. Filmmaker. Comedian. Ding-dong. Shawn Kosmerly is a man of too many hats. Kosmerly founded Here Kitty Kitty Productions in 2012 which has produced over two dozen music videos, several of them award-winning. In 2016, Kosmerly co-founded Hot Mess, a monthly comedy show that focuses on using stand-up comedy to help cope with mental illness and confidence issues. Kosmerly has been playing in bands since he was 15 and currently plays in Dirty Princes, Lazy Daisies, Beanhead and Donut Boy, Ghost Cat and his own solo work. Shawn also teaches film part-time at Sudbury Secondary School.

Alix Voz - Visual Artist 

Alix Voz is an artist, a curator and a graduate student at York University in the Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s program. Her art based research explores cultural geography, natural and built environments and longing for northern-Ontario’s francophone culture. Alix earned a Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture Graduate Diploma (York) and holds a BFA (Nipissing). She creates contemporary artwork with elements of architecture and landscapes. Her thesis exhibition, Beyond Northern Familiarity, opened at the Art Gallery of Sudbury and closed at the Propeller Gallery in Toronto. In 2017, the Living Arts Centre (Mississauga) featured a plein air painting of the Sudbury landscape in the Deep Roots exhibition.


Wallace Gillard - Visual Artist 

Wallace R. Gillard needs to scribble. It’s a habit that allows him to focus. Raised in Copper Cliff, ON, Wallace relies on artistic expression as a calming agent.

He is a painter and illustrator whose work has been described as quizzical and vibrantly captivating. Working in a variety of mediums, Wallace uses rich colour and crisp lines to develop artworks that reflect his respect for nature, his global wanderings, and his understanding of the world around him. Wallace currently works as a teacher, mentor and facilitator of mural projects for local community organizations in and around the Greater Sudbury Area.

Jeff, Mitch and Julie Houle - Musicians (winners)

The Houle siblings, Jeff, Julie and Mitch, have forged an impressive artistic partnership working for two decades to build an inclusive and inspiring community of artists in Sudbury and internationally.

Mitch's Brain Tape, a local label and radio show facilitates, produces and promotes Northern artists. He also runs a recording studio. Jeff has performed over 20 years, is a promoter, music librarian, location manager, production coordinator and assistant film director. In 2007, Julie co-founded the textile and design shop Mimi & Lulu. She is currently the creative force and front-person of Sudbury punk band The Ape-ettes.

Mitch and Jeff of the power-pop giants Statues signed to esteemed record label, Deranged. Releasing four albums and touring 15+ countries, Statues put Sudbury on the map as innovators in the global punk rock scene.Mitch and Jeff have also contributed to many local groups.Mitch as Mick Futures released a successful debut album in 2015 and Jeff as Strange Attractor racked up 9 releases and praise from local, national and international press.

Jeff, Julie and Mitch's positive attitude, DIY approach, and strong sense of family continues to be a driving force behind Sudbury's arts scene.

Caleb Marshall - Actor, Director, Artistic Director

As the Artistic Executive Director for The Sudbury Theatre Centre, he expanded programming to include a diverse Performing Arts Series. The theatre saw a significant increase in community partnerships, a Cabaret Series as well as the first season devoted to Northern Ontario.  A Fredericton native, he spent six seasons as the Artistic Producer for Theatre New Brunswick. He’s produced over 70 projects and seen the highest percentage of local professionals on stage at both TNB and STC.  He’s served as resident director on tour for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre UK. As an actor he spent four seasons at The Stratford Festival and has premiered roles for the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, The Blyth Festival and the Old Vic. He holds an Acting BFA from York, a Directing MFA from Middlesex and trained with The Stratford Conservatory, Moscow’s GITIS Academy, The Banff Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe.  Caleb is on the Board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. He has received the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award and a New Brunswick Arts Board Excellence Award.  He’s engaged to Actress, Musical Director and teacher, Meredith Zwicker.


Roger Nash- Author, Poet (winner)

Roger emigrated to Sudbury 50 years ago and is its inaugural Poet Laureate. As President of the League of Canadian Poets, he helped create the National Poet Laureate position in Ottawa and held the most successful Canadian poetry fund-raiser on record, in Sudbury. Literary awards include the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Story Award. Latitude 46 will publish Whazzat?, his latest poetry collection and nineteenth book this Fall. His poetry books have been published across Canada: by Fiddlehead Press (New Brunswick), to Quarry Press, Buschek Books and Scrivener Press (Ontario), to Bayeux Arts (Calgary, Vancouver). His poems appear in juried literary journals across Canada, the U.K. and U.S.A. He plays a continuing role as mentor of Sudbury writers, at public events and individually, in organizations including both School Boards, Finlandia, Extendicare, Pioneer Manor, and our Public Library – where he runs a monthly Open Mic.

Oryst Sawchuk - Visual Artist

Oryst Sawchuk is an architect, a graphic designer, a painter, a sculptor and a musician, as well as a community leader. His artistic expression is rooted in social consciousness and a sense of our shared humanity.  His contributions go back several decades, when as a member of the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, he championed the establishment of Bell Mansion as an art gallery. In the mid-1990s, he established his own gallery, Acorn Gallery on Oak.

He has contributed of time and talent to the Sudbury Arts Council (SAC), the Art Gallery of Sudbury. For the Association of United Ukrainian-Canadians, he produced numerous music, theatre and spoken word events at the Jubilee Centre.

As a member of (SAC), he conceived the idea of an artists’ live/work housing co-op (Arts Junction) and the founding of Gallery 6500 at the Steelworkers’ Hall.

Sawchuk won a Community Builders Award in 2010 for his contribution to “Excellence in the Arts”.


2016 Winners

Johanna Westby won The Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist, a cash prize of $2,000. Westby is a graphic designer (R.G.D.) and illustrator, and teaches in the School of Art and Design at Cambrian College. She has exhibited work at various shows and galleries, and has written and illustrated two children’s books about conservation: The Day I Went Fishing on Lake Wanapitei and Fire in the Forest. She has led many philanthropic projects, including creating highly visible and lasting impressions in the community through multiple large-scale murals.

The Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist and a $2,500 bursary was shared by a Christian Pelletier and Andrew Knapp, founders of the downtown arts festival, Up Festival. Knapp and Pelletier co-founded We Live Up Here, a community-driven urban arts project and non-profit organization that has inspired thousands to rekindle their love for their city through collaborative art. They have published two photography books, embarked on an ambitious multimedia project called, and have beautified our city with public art. Knapp is a designer, photographer, and professional dog hider who has published two Find Momo books. Pelletier is a founding partner of Studio123.

Closs received a $3,500 bursary and The Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts.Heis a singer-songwriter who has released 11 independent albums and played concerts, festivals and clubs across Canada. His contributions to the Sudbury arts community earned him the Northern Lights Festival Boréal’s Jackie Washington Award in 2002. He has been active in theatre as an actor and musician most notably starring in Theatre Cambrian’s Jesus Christ Superstar in 1992 and 1996. He regularly facilitates songwriting workshops and has also produced recordings for several young Sudbury musicians. He is currently the chair of Northern Lights Festival Boreal.

2015 Winners

Jamie Dupuis won the Outstanding Emerging Artist award, Stef Paquette got the award for Outstanding Mid Career Artist and Ann Suzuki received the Exceptional Achievement Award.

2014 Nominees & Winners

Poet Daniel Aubin, playwright Mathew Heiti, musician Alexandra Lee and choreographer/dancer Lauren Pero have been nominated for the Sudbury Arts Council Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist.  The award winner was writer Matthew Heiti.

The CN Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts was presented at the event as well. Nominees for this aware are musician/producer Dan Bédard, composer Robert Lemay, musician/actor/broadcaster Stef Paquette and visual artist Heather Topp.  Visual artist Heather Topp.