The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the winners of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards. The seven recipients are mid-career artists who have been recognized in the seven arts practices funded by the Canada Council: writing and publishing, integrated arts, dance, media arts, theatre, visual arts, and music.
Writer Trevor Cole is one this year’s winner. Cole’s third novel, Practical Jean, won the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2011, and his first two novels were both nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Before starting to write fiction, Cole was an editor and journalist with The Globe and Mail.
Other winners include contemporary puppeteer Julie Desrosiers, performer Sandra Laronde, filmmaker Lindsay McIntyre, playwright Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, sculptor and installation artist Reece Terris, and jazz musician Ben Wendel.