Justin Duhaime Named the RBC Emerging Artist Award Recipient

Friday, June 1, 2018

Prolific musician and young talent, Justin Duhaime, was named the recipient of the RBC Emerging Artist Award at a star-studded reception in the Alma Duncan Salon of the new Ottawa Art Gallery on May 29th, 2018.  Over 140 guests gathered, including Mayor Jim Watson, to celebrate Justin and the other award recipients, in seven award categories. 

Justin Duhaime is a guitarist, educator and composer who has written more than 40 compositions, done over 150 live performances, published over 300 videos on YouTube, has over 12 years of teaching experience and has self-published an instructional book on guitar. Justin has eclectic performance experience in styles including manouche, rock, jazz, pop, blues, free, reggae, metal, punk, ska, fusion, Indian classical music, classical and contemporary music. Justin leads the group Gypsy Muse and is endorsed by DKguitars with The Black Sword. Justin is fluent in French and English, and teaches in both languages.

The Award

Award FinalistsThe RBC Emerging Artists Project is a national program recognising artists who are establishing their careers and working towards recognition as professional artists, while building their community involvement. The RBC Emerging Artist Award was established in Ottawa in 2010, through a partnership with RBC and the Ottawa Arts Council. A cash award of $5,000 is provided to the recipient and $1,000 cash awards are provided to the other two finalists.

The Jury Process

The RBC Emerging Artist Award is one of seven awards in the Ottawa Arts Council awards program. We receive applications from a wide variety of disciplines including music, visual arts, theatre, literary arts, dance, and media arts. This year's interdisciplinary jury consisted of three arts professionals representing a broad knowledge of the arts in Ottawa. In the first round, the jury selected the three finalists: Justin Duhaime, Whitney Lewis-Smith, and Anna Williams. The finalists were announced at the Short List Event on April 25, 2018. In the second round, an expanded jury made the final recipient decision.

Read about the other two RBC Emerging Artist Award finalists >>

Read about the Arts Award evening >>

Read about the other Ottawa Arts Council Awards >> 

Award Sponsor

RBC Emerging Artists Project

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