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Local recipients receive culture and heritage art awards

HALIFAX – Two Colchester County-based recipients received prestigious art awards this week.

The ninth annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards were presented during a special ceremony at the Seaport Market in Halifax on Thursday. The event, with the theme ART is Everywhere!, was organized by the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council and Arts Nova Scotia.

Finalists, who received $3,000 each, included Alan Syliboy for his multi-media installation The Thundermaker, and the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Legacy recording I Am In Need of Music, by soprano Suzie LeBlanc and composers Emily Doolittle, Christos Hatzis, Alasdair MacLean, and John Plant.

"Nova Scotia is blessed with immensely talented and innovative artists … as seen in the exceptional quality of the entries,” said George Klass, chairman of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, in a news release.

“This also highlights the importance of our unique cultural landscape as a strong economic driver and integral part of Nova Scotia's future prosperity."

There were many other awards, including the Portia White Prize, which went to Scott MacMillan, composer, conductor, arranger, organizer, director, teacher and virtuoso guitarist. MacMillan also named the Protégée prize winner and its $7,000 prize. He chose the Wagamatcook Arts and Culturalm Festival.

For more information, including a full list of award winners, visit

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