Two BC recipients are among the winners of the CAPACOA Awards, which recognize excellence in the field of live performance touring and presenting.
Presenter of the Year was awarded to Lindy Sisson of The ACT Arts Centre and Theatre (BC). Sisson's 30-year career in the arts spans all artistic disciplines with particular focus on dance, theatre and the performing arts for young audiences. Over the years, Sisson has built a reputation for engaging community and fostering artistic production. She also has demonstrated significant leadership locally and nationally and is recognized by her peers as a strong advocate for arts and culture in all aspects of life.
Touring Agent of the Year went to Margot Holmes of Caline Artists International (BC). Holmes has owned and operated Caline Artists International for the past 20 years. She has worked with solo artists to large ensembles in a variety of genres touring across north America, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has worked with arts organizations in a capacity of senior staff. Holmes is currently the executive director of both the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo and the British Columbia Boys Choir. She holds a unique position in the arts management field acting as an agent and presenter and sees the challenges of both, with the ultimate goal of presenting Canadian artists in communities large and small. Caline Artists International was awarded BC Agent of the Year in 2008. Holmes was also awarded the Arts & Culture Advocate Award by the Centre for the Arts Nanaimo in 2007 and the Cultural Champion Award – Arts Leadership by Business for the Arts in 2014.
Touring Artist of the Year was awarded to David Myles (NB/NS). A multi-award winner, Myles has earned a reputation as a great showman, touring the country from coast to coast to coast. His flawless musicianship and unforgettable stories have made him a favourite with fans everywhere. His love of all kinds of music has resulted in numerous collaborations, most recently, with Alex Cuba and Jean-Francois Brault.
The awards, sponsored and presented by Re:Sound, were presented at CAPACOA's annual Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, January 24.
During the evening, the 2015 National Arts Centre Award for distinguished contribution to touring in the performing arts was also presented to Jeanne Lamon, Chief Artistic Advisor of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.