Janet Irwin to be honoured with the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Theatre artist Janet Irwin has been chosen to receive the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award in recognition of her forty-year contribution to the development of local theatre and opera artists and a variety of arts organizations in Ottawa.

Janet is a writer and theatre/opera director. Her writing and adaptation credits include Side Effects and Easy Avenue for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, A Seaway Story for Upper Canada Playhouse, The River for Caravan Stage Barge, and Angel Square for the National Arts Centre. She is currently working on a stage adaptation of Brian Doyle’s novel Up to Low. As a director she has worked with many companies including the National Arts Centre English Theatre, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Easy Street Productions, Upper Canada Playhouse, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and the Manitoba Popular Theatre Alliance. Recent directing credits include RiderGirl, for RiderGirl Productions, Under Milk Wood for Ottawa Theatre School, Taming of The Shrew and All’s Well That Ends Well for St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Medea for Third Wall Theatre, and The Children’s Republic for GCTC. For Odyssey Theatre, Janet directed The Barber of Seville and wrote They All Do It.

The Ottawa Arts Council in collaboration with the City of Ottawa presents the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award on an annual basis. The Award recognizes the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in our city. Mayor Jim Watson is confirmed to present a bronze casting of Seed and Flower, from the original 1963 work by Victor Tolgesy that is part of the City of Ottawa collection. Ms Irwin will be the 26th recipient of this award.

A $5,000 prize will be presented to Ms Irwin by the Ottawa Arts Council at an Arts Awards Presentation evening on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Arts Court Theatre, 2nd floor, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. A reception sponsored by RBC Financial, will be held in the Studio at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Arts Awards Presentation in the Theatre at 7:15 p.m. 

The Arts Awards Presentation Evening will also include recognition of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award and the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Three finalists were chosen in each of these categories, and the recipients will be announced at the event. Cash prizes for the recipients of these awards are $5,000, and $1,000 to the finalists.

2015 RBC Emerging Artist Award finalists:

  • Brecken Hancock – Poet
  • Leslie Hossack – Photographer
  • Lisa L’Heureux – Playwright


2015 Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award finalists:

  • Yvonne Coutts – Dancer/Choreographer
  • Roger D. Wilson – Filmmaker
  • Andrew Wright – Photographer/Multi Media Artist


Read more about the 2015 Arts Awards Presentation >>

The Ottawa Arts Council would like to thank RBC Royal Bank, the RBC Foundation, Mann Lawyers LLP, GGFL Chartered Accountants, and the City of Ottawa for their support of the Ottawa Arts Council Arts Awards Program.

For more information contact us at 613-569-1387 or info@ottawaartscouncil.ca