WAC Arts Awards Winners for 2019

Philippe Larouche, Charlene Diehl, Jake MacDonald, Susan Algie, Kristin Kennedy (BMO Financial), Mayor Brian Bowman

2019 WAC Award winners Philippe Larouche, Charlene Diehl, Jake MacDonald, Susan Algie, Kristin Kennedy (BMO Financial), accompanied by Mayor Brian Bowman. Photo by D Works Media.

On the Rise

Philippe Larouche

Dancer, stager and choreographer, Philippe Larouche is Winnipeg trained from the RWB School Professional Division. Larouche apprenticed with the RWB Company and has gone on to stage works across North America.

Nominated by Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Making a Mark

Jake MacDonald

Writer Jake MacDonald has won 29 awards, and been published across Canada and the United States. His practice is rooted in a boundless curiosity about our relationship to the land.

Nominated by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Making a Difference

Charlene Diehl

Charlene Diehl has transformed the Winnipeg International Writers Festival into one of the most highly regarded literary festivals in the country, especially as a powerful advocate for fostering diverse voices.

Nominated by Dave Barber.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Susan Algie

Establishing the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation in 1996, Susan Algie has shaped it into a nationally recognized cultural organisation. Her volunteering has also included Artspace and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Nominated by Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

Arts Champion

BMO Financial Group

Celebrating 200 years, BMO's generosity is anchored in a rich history of success. Focusing on collaboration, learning and innovation, they work with community partners to shape the future together. 

Nominated by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Manitoba Opera.

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