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Finalists Announced for 2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards

August 17, 2011

Today, Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF) announced the fifteen finalists for the 2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards, celebrating those individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to Toronto’s vibrant artistic and cultural life.

This year's nominees were chosen by a stellar multi-disciplinary jury which included Peter Chin, Simon Foster, Maureen Hynes, Shannon Litzenberger, Charles Reeve, Sonia Sakamoto-Jog, Jini Stolk, Jordan Tannahill and Jennifer Waring. Winners of the 2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Mayor‟s Arts Awards Lunch.

2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards Finalists

Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Music finalists:

Andrew Burashko, Rita Chiarelli, and Trichy Sankaran. A $10,000 cash prize presented to an artist or creator who has made a contribution to the cultural life of Toronto through outstanding achievement in music. The recipient will also have participated in international initiatives, including touring, studying abroad and participating in artist exchanges.

Finalists Announced for 2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards

On August 17th, Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF) announced the finalists for the 2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards, celebrating those individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to Toronto’s vibrant artistic and cultural life.

TRICHY SANKARAN, international artist, composer, educator, and cultural ambassador, has been named a finalist for this year’s Muriel Sherrin Award.

A $10,000 cash prize presented to an artist or creator who has made a contribution to the cultural life of Toronto through outstanding achievement in music. The recipient will also have participated in international initiatives, including touring, studying abroad and participating in artist exchanges.

Dr. Trichy Sankaran is a globally-respected artist, composer, educator, and cultural ambassador, who consistently demonstrates mastery, creativity, ingenuity, humility, and devotion.  Since his professional debut at 13, Trichy Sankaran has had a prolific international performing career, appearing as a featured musician at major music festivals and cultural events in Europe, Australia, North America and Asia, including the highly celebrated World Drum concerts at Expo 86 (Vancouver), Expo 88 (Brisbane) and Expo 2000 (Hanover).  As an active contributor to the music scene in Canada, he has composed a dynamic body of work that bridges the musical traditions of both India and the West.  Collaborations include performances with New Music, jazz, Western Classical world fusion and internationally-recognized Carnatic and Hindustani musicians.  As an Indian music scholar he has contributed to many learned societies across the globe and has authored textbooks.  As an award-winning (OCUFA) professor he is held in high esteem by his students and colleagues at York University.  Over the years, Prof. Sankaran has bridged Eastern and Western pedagogical styles and has influenced generations of students who have become noted performers, composers, and music educators themselves. The University of Victoria, B.C, honoured him with an Honorary Doctorate degree in music in recognition of his eminence in the field.  Prof. Sankaran has closely worked with the Asian community in large measure for the success of major festivals in Toronto for the past four decades.

Winners of the 2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Mayor's Arts Awards Lunch.

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