The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards celebrate Alberta’s rich cultural fabric by honouring its most accomplished artists and supporting professional artists in the early stages of their careers. 

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Celebrating arts, artists and community

The 2019 Distinguished Artist Awards hosted by the Battle River Region at Maskwacis was a glorious collaboration celebrating culture, creativity and place. The awards event started off with Maskwacis drummers singing their Honour Song and a parade of dancers from the Samson Cree Nation. Three original compositions showcased artists from the region: the world premier of Percussion Fusion, a collaboration of percussion artists Roger Admiral, Darren Simon, Shining Eagle, Mark Segger, Jacob Kryger and Maskwacis drummers; the Battle River Ensemble’s beautiful and heartfelt tribute Battle River Love Song composed by Jack Ross, Camrose; and A Prayer – Meeting of the Cultures composed and presented by violinist Maya Rathnavalu with flautist Kevin Buffalo.

The 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists – poet and writer Marilyn Dumont, printmaker Walter Jule and abstract metal sculptor Katie Ohe – received their awards from Her Honour Lois E. Mitchell. The day ended with a fitting Wahkohtowin Feast and conferring of the Alberta Schools Writing Award. 

It was a touching, genuine, and respectful celebration of Alberta’s wonderful artists, graciously hosted by engaged and supportive communities across the Battle River Region. Hai! Hai!