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    Mardi 19 janvier 2016

    Éloizes 2016 : Announcement of the Finalists!

    At a press conference today, the AAAPNB and the City of Dieppe announced the finalists for the 2016 Éloizes prizes.

    The prizes will be awarded at the Éloizes Gala, the highlight of the Éloizes Event which will take place in Dieppe, under the artistic direction of Jac Gautreau, from May 4 to 8, 2016.

    Ms. Carmen Gibbs, Executive Director of the AAAPNB and producer of the Éloizes Event: “When we announce the finalists, it's a little like setting the table for the guests we've invited. There's a feeling of anticipation... We want to whet your appetites for the day in March when we'll be revealing the program for the Éloizes event. There's no doubt in my mind that the finalists we've introduced today are already winners.” 

    Mr. Yvon Lapierre, Mayor of Dieppe: “Dieppe feels that showing leadership in the promotion of culture and the arts is one of the City's responsibilities. Hosting the Éloizes makes us even more determined to develop the art and culture sector so that Dieppe can become the foremost centre for artists in New Brunswick. We are really happy to be here today for the announcement of the finalists. What an impressive list of talented people! Congratulations to all of you!”

    Here is the list of artists selected as finalists for the Éloizes Prizes.

    Artist of the Year in Media Arts

    • Francine Hébert: Documentary—Cafétéria
    • Julien Cadieux: Documentary—Guilda: Elle est bien dans ma peau
    • Renée Blanchar: Documentary—Les héritiers du club

    Artist of the Year in Visual Arts

    • André Lapointe: Exhibition—Maritima
    • Paul Édouard Bourque: Exhibition—Les Mikeys de Paul Édouard Bourque
    • Éveline Gallant Fournier: Project—Passages

    Artist of the Year in Dance

    • Julie Duguay: Performer—Les Robes de Sainte-Anne
    • Yves Landry: Choreographer and Performer—La Vision du Cœur
    • Jean-François Duke: Co-Creator—St-Jean… Just a few words in French

    Artist of the Year in Literature

    • David Lonergan: Non-Fiction—Théâtre l’Escaouette, 1977-2012
    • Sophie Bérubé: Novel—Car la nuit est longue
    • Gabriel Robichaud: Poetry Collection—Les anodins

    Artist of the Year in Music

    • Roland Bourgeois: Album—Roland Bourgeois
    • Michel Thériault: Album and Launch—Tout est marketing
    • Les Païens: Album—Carte blanche

    Artist of the Year in Theatre

    • Annick Landry: Author and Actor—Tréteau(x)
    • Pierre Guy Blanchard: Author, Actor, Musician—Le long voyage de Pierre-Guy B.
    • Mathieu Chouinard: Director and Adaptor—Bump: La secousse de Springhill

    Artist of Quebec’s Acadie

    • Marc-André Charron: Actor, Author, Director—Tréteau(x), Bouffe, PAPAs, “T”
    • Marie-Line Leblanc: Series of Interventions and Installations—Island Evolution Study
    • Suroît: Album—Bercer l'Amer

    Artist with the Largest Impact Outside Acadie

    • Christian Essiambre: Author and Performer—Les trois exils
      de Christian E.
    • Lisa LeBlanc: Album—Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted
    • Pierre-André Doucet: World Premiere and Tour—Retour aux sources: Grand-Pré, a musical work by Jared A. Miller

    Discovery of the Year

    • Stephanie David: Documentary—Le goût des belvas
    • Rémi Belliveau: Body of work—Arts visuels
    • Cy: Album—Cy

    Event/Performance of the Year

    • Acadie Rock: Centre culturel Aberdeen
    • La vallée des possibles: l’œuvre de Camille Lefebvre: Société culturelle de la Vallée de Memramcook
    • Dialogues imaginés/Imagined Dialogues: Galerie Colline

    Support for Artistic Production

    • RADARTS: Circulation and promotion of French-language performing arts in Atlantic Canada
    • Centre culturel Aberdeen: For its work as a whole over the past two years
    • Bouton d’or Acadie: For its work as a whole promoting and presenting children's literature over the past two years

    Support for the Arts

    • Line Godbout: Contribution to the promotion of art and culture in Acadie
    • Bistro Cœur d’Artishow / Michel Carpentier: Promotion of art and culture in Acadie
    • Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick: Accros de la chanson event, fiction feature filmAller-Retour and Art sur roues—humour component

    This year, the Tribute Award will be given to Léonard Forest for his lifetime body of work.

    Filmmaker and writer Léonard Forest gave Acadian cinema an opportunity to acquire a reputation for excellence. At the same time, he has pursued a literary career characterized by originality, beauty, and refinement. The numerous films he made about Acadie, from Les Acadiens de la dispersion, La noce est pas finie, Un soleil pas comme ailleurs and, in the mid-1950s, Les aboiteaux, for which he wrote the screenplay, highlight his role as the pioneer of Acadian cinematic arts.

    As well as having a prolific career for more than 30 years with the National Film Board, contributing to the production of approximately 150 films as screenwriter, director, editor or producer, Léonard Forest was the instigator of Studio Acadie in 1974. Part of the French-language program at NFB, Studio Acadie became the hub of Acadian film production.

    As well as his work in film, Forest has published three books of poetry, Saisons antérieures, Comme en Florence and Le pommier d'août, and a remarkable collection of essays entitled La jointure du temps. He is the author of two stories for children: Les trois pianos and Ni queue ni tête.

    The mandate of the Éloizes is to recognize excellence in Acadie in six different arts disciplines. The event also allows artists and communities to create closer connections and to honour those who give new energy and spirit to the development of contemporary Acadian culture. Finally, this important event has, since 1998, made a lasting contribution to the sense of identity and belonging by showcasing the talent and achievements of Acadian artists.  leseloizes.ca

    The Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick is an Acadian arts service organization for professional artists. The mission of the association is to protect the rights and represent the interests of artists, and to promote the recognition of their contributions to society. aaapnb.ca

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