KAC Awards for Excellence in the Arts

The Shortlist: Champions of the Arts

Patricia Beharriell (Award Winner)

Patricia Beharriell has received much praise and recognition for her assistance in development of the dramatic arts including Theatre Ontario's highest accolade, The Maggie Best Award, and the Government of Canada's Lescarbot Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to community cultural activities. Most recently, Patricia published the 50-year history of Domino Theatre, entitled The Domino Affair.

Michael Davies
& The Davies Charitable Foundation (Award Winner)

Michael Davies, the founder and President of The Davies Charitable Foundation has been active in the arts and other cultural activities in Eastern Ontario for many years. Mr. Davies has received numerous awards for community services including the Order of Canada and an Honourary Doctorate from Queen's University. Founded in 1990, the Davies Charitable Foundation has been dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations in the arts, education, personal health and sports.

Rob Doak & Wally High

Six years ago following the loss of their close friend, Rob Doak and Wally High began the annual Joe Show which helps fund the Joe Chithalen Musical Instrument Lending Library. Joe Chithalen was a long-time supporter of growth and development through the art of music, and Joe's friends and family knew instantly that he would have been honoured to have seen the Musical Instrument Lending Library become a reality. The library consists of an assortment of more than 300 instruments, and now offers music lessons as well.

Jeri Harmsen

Born in Ottawa, Jeri Harmsen has been a supporter of the arts since her high school days at K.C.V.I where she worked painting sets for school productions. She pursued a Teacher Training Diploma at the University of Toronto and began seeking ways to incorporate meaningful art teachings into schools and galleries. Jeri worked at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre for almost 15 years as Education Officer, where she created exhibition-based programs for primary school children, seniors, artists and students.

H'art Studios

Since 1998, H'art Studios have been offering innovative programming to nurture literacy, computer literacy, and life skills to those aged 21 or older with developmental challenges by using fine arts as inspiration and as an educational tool. Their program harnesses the ability of the individual to communicate in a way that crosses the barriers of language and ability, while alleviating frustration and creating an inner sense of dignity and self-esteem.

Ian Hodkinson

Ian Hodkinson has been a long-time supporter of the arts both in Kingston and abroad. Educated at Edinburgh University, the Edinburgh College of Art, and the Central Institute for Restoration in Rome, Ian established the Master of Art Conservation Program at Queen's University, where he was Director until his retirement in 1995. Ian's work over the years has been heavily involved in the promotion of other artists and he currently sits as the Vice-President of the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre.

Kingston Publications

Mary Laflamme and her team at Kingston Publications have been committed to encouraging Kingstonians and visitors alike to discover and delight in our multi-faceted and sophisticated city. Their publications provide intelligent and informative editorials through a family of specialized publications including Kingston Life Magazine.

K-ROCK 105.7FM

Since the first beat hit the airwaves in early 2001, K-Rock 105.7 has been proudly committed to the promotion of local artists and musicians in the area. K-Rock has developed programs to provide a platform for emerging artists such as K-Rock's Band Slam and the Kingston Musical Instrument Lending Library, and are media sponsors for the Big Sister's Art Auction and the Limestone City Blues Festival.

Kingston Symphony Orchestra Association

Celebrating its 50th season in 2004, the Kingston Symphony Association is the umbrella organization for five performing ensembles: the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston Choral Society, the Kingston Youth Orchestra, the Kingston Junior Strings, and the Kingston Community Strings. The Symphony Association continues to increase its involvement in training young people and providing them with performance opportunities. It is dedicated to the musical development of the greater Kingston region, providing opportunities for life-long learning in music.

The Kingston Whig-Standard

Fred Laflamme and his team at The Kingston Whig-Standard have been committed to helping community groups and events by assisting more than 30 major non-profit and charitable causes each year. Their contribution to the arts and cultural community in Kingston has consisted of both financial, volunteer time and in-kind support to groups such as H'art Studios, the Grand Theatre, Kingston Canadian Film Festival and the Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, to name just a few.

The Shortlist: Emerging Artists (under the age of 29)


Kingston's Betablokka is a four-piece rock band comprised of Matt Hanlon, Zane Whitfield, Jon Midwood, and Shayne Brampton. Betablokka has opened for Canadian bands like the Tea Party, Pilate, and the Trews. Upon the release of their self-titled debut the band has been seeking exposure and received it, with a sold out album release party, and a featurette on local radio K-ROCK 105.7FM.

Mark Bond

Talented musician, composer, teacher, and performer are all words that describe Kingstonian Mark Bond. Mark has been arranging and composing original music for over 12 years. Primarily a pianist, Mark is also trained as a saxophonist, drummer and violinist. When he isn't teaching at the Kingston School of Music, he is performing in support of his recent CD,Outlines.

Julie Fiala

Julie is a feminist artist/activist working predominantly in performance and installation. She has collaborated with artists and non-artists alike to produce works that articulate a social critique, and is interested in exploring the creative potential of collaboration as a tool for art-making and collective action. Currently, she is the Program Director of the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre in Kingston. Julie was recently awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for 2004-2005 and will be leaving Kingston in September to begin a Master's in Fine Art at the University of Leeds (UK).

Splash n' Boots

Taes Leavitt and Nick Adams are musicians and performers who pride themselves on providing children with positive perspectives on life. The dynamic duo has provided fun for children across Ontario, with rave reviews following them in their wake. Graduates of Queen's University this year, the duo shared the distinction of co-valedictorians. Their first CD, Getting Our Feet Wet has already sold over 700 copies in the Kingston area, with a new disc slated for release in August.

Cameron Tomsett

Cameron Tomsett has been a visual artist for as long as he can remember. A graduate of Sheridan College, Tomsett has had his share of recognition including the 2003 Bank of Montreal Corporate Purchase Award. His work most recently appears on the cover of the Tragically Hip's 11th album In Between Evolution.

The Shortlist: Professional Artists

Kristi Allik

Kristi Allik has received degrees from the University of Toronto, Princeton, and the University of Southern California. She's received numerous commissions and awards, including Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants. Her works include electro-acoustic music, multimedia works, orchestral works, opera, and chamber music that has been performed in the U.S, Europe, South America and Canada.

Shayne Dark

Shayne Dark began his artistic career in the mid 1980's, creating mainly sculptural works. His works often evoke the contrasts between urban settings and the natural world, and are meant to stimulate a spiritual and visceral reaction in the viewer. Shayne has been the subject of a documentary produced by HD Vision Studios in Los Angeles that is currently airing on Discovery HD Theatre Network across the United States. Most recently, Shayne has been selected to represent Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where he will work with 170 artists from around the world to create a display to be showcased for the duration of the Olympics.

Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton is a prize-winning poet and author. His works include two volumes of short stories - Flight of Paths of the Emperor and On Earth As It Is. Steven's first novel The Shadow Boxer was hailed by The Globe and Mail as a "splendid" and "symphonic". His poems, stories and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies world-wide and have been translated into French, German, and Spanish.

J.C. Heywood

For the last twenty years, Carl Heywood has been balancing a life as both an artist, working mostly in silkscreen, litho and etching and an educator at the secondary and post-secondary school level. Carl is a Professor in the Bachelor of Fine Art Program at Queen's University, where he has worked for the past fourteen years. His works have been exhibited internationally in Yugoslavia, Germany, Japan, The United States, Poland, and Canada.

Mark Sirett

Dr. Mark Sirett is the Artistic Director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston. He holds both masters and doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario and Queen's. Dr. Sirett is also an award-winning choral composer whose works have been published in Canada, the U.S. and Sweden and frequently heard on CBC. Since founding the Cantabile Choirs in the fall of 1996, the choirs have received numerous distinctions including first prizes and trophies at the Ontario Provincial Music Festival and the National Music Festival Finals.

Otis Tamasauskas

Otis Tamasauskas has taught at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at Queen's University. Otis has exhibited internationally and is regarded for his printmaking career which has focussed on lithography, etching and custom printing.

Greg Wanless

Born in Brockville, Greg Wanless graduated from the National Theatre School Acting Program in 1972. He received his BA in Drama and English from Queen's University in 1972. He spent five years acting at the Stratford Festival and performed in such productions as Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and The Merchant of Venice. In 1982, Greg founded the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque where he remains the Artistic Director and General Manager today.
The Award

The Kingston Arts Council selected the design of Kingston artist Fred Hedgcock as the official statuette for the Awards for Excellence in the Arts from a juried competition in 2003. The Jury selected Fred's sculptural piece as it represents celebration, triumph and the joy of life. The commission of the Award design was generously provided by The Davies Charitable Foundation.