ARTS AWARDS WATERLOO REGION (AAWR) is passionate about the arts!
We celebrate what the arts contribute to our community and how it enriches our lives – how it adds vitality to our spirits, broadens our horizons and defines our culture.
Artists and what they create is a vital part of our economy which attracts talented people who want to be challenged, instructed and delighted by the treasures they find here.
To celebrate and honour the artists in our community, we have recognized more than 250 artists in all disciplines though Arts Awards Waterloo Region with nominations and awards.
Each year, we hold an awards gala to recognize artistic excellence in Waterloo Region. It’s an evening of fun, celebration, awards, on-stage performances and gourmet food tastings in the lobby. It’s an evening to celebrate the arts in our community – and those creative, talented people who bring it to us.
Literary Arts Nominees 2016
Scot is a writer whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the Cambridge Times, the Waterloo Region Record, Toronto Sun and Toronto Star. In 2006 he published The Cambridge Wartime Scrapbook. Since 2011 he has published The Cambridge Citizen, a printed monthly magazine that calls itself the alternative voice of Cambridge.
Janice Jo Lee
Janice is a poet, spoken-word artist, musician, educator and community organizer who has a degree in English from Wilfrid Laurier University. She runs the KW Poetry Slam and has toured Canada with her art. Her work has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine and Broken Pencil Magazine. She was the City of Kitchener’s 2015 Artist in Residence.
Pamela is editor of The New Quarterly, an award-winning national literary magazine that is based in Waterloo. She is also creative director of the magazine’s annual Wild Writers Literary Festival, which is presented in November at venues in Kitchener and Waterloo. Her debut novel, The Deserters, will be published in 2017 by Véhicule Press.
Richard is a professional actor, director and playwright who has worked with the Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment and Theatre & Company. Since 2007 he has been a Lost & Found Theatre company member, appearing in numerous productions. He wrote and directed Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol, staged by Lost & Found Theatre in 2015.