Enduring Support for the Arts

2007 Awards

2007 marked the first set of awards for the Foundation juried in the visual, media,
performing and literary arts.

Awards of $2500 were made to each of the following artists or groups.

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board for the juried process.

DEVIN KRUKOFF – Writing (Regina)
Devin Krukoff was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. His work has been featured in literary journals across Canada, most notably, the short story, The Last Spark, which won the prestigious Journey Prize Award. His first novel, Compensation, was published with Thistledown Press in 2006. The book, a darkly humorous malingerer’s confession, was nominated for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Devin currently lives in a small prairie town with his wife and son.

MEGAN MORMAN – Visual Arts (Saskatoon)
Megan Morman grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota, moving to Canada in 1997 to study at the University of Saskatchewan. Her university experiences were largely with “activist” art outside the organized contemporary art community: artcars and costumes for drag queens and radical cheerleaders. Megan received a B.A. in Sociology, and a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, focusing on critical theory and community development. Since then she has worked as a freelance designer and writer.

SHARON NOWLAN – Performing Artist (Regina)
Sharon Nowlan is primarily a self-taught artist. She has appeared on stage with the Regina Lyric Light Opera and the Souris Valley Theatre. She toured the Canadian Fringe Theatre circuit in 2006 and 2007 in the smash hit Caberlesque! In 2007 she also toured the Fringe Circuit with Prairie Fire Productions’ The Medicine Show as both a performer and co-creator. She was working on a one woman show The Follies for the 2008 Fringe season. Sharon was taking whip-cracking and trick whipping training with Shelby Bond of Sound & Fury Theatre (Los Angeles).

RAH RAH – Music (Regina)
Rah Rah is an indie rock musical group from Regina. They have toured extensively across North America and in Europe. The group formed as a three piece in 2005 made up of Erin Passmore (drums/vocals), Kyrie Kristmanson (trumpet/guitar/vocals) and Marshall Burns (guitar/vocals). In 2006 they released the Songs for Pasquala EP independently. The band performed at the Regina Folk Festival as well as Pop Montreal.

JENNIFER STILL – Writing (Saskatoon)
Jennifer Still’s poetry has appeared in numerous Canadian journals such as spring, Other Voices, New West Review, Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire and Event, and has been broadcast on CBC radio. She is co‑founder of the chapbook publisher JackPine Press and lives in Saskatoon with her husband and daughter. Saltations is her first book of poetry.

Awards

2007 Award Recipients

Colleen Bailey Endowment Fund

The purpose of these awards are to support and assist emerging Saskatchewan writers in developing their craft. In 2007 there were two awards of $2,500 each.

1. Devin Krukoff

Devin Krukoff is one of Saskatchewan’s most gifted emerging fiction writers. He completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, after graduating with distinction from the B.A. program in Creative Writing. While Devin was still a student, one of his short stories won the prestigious Journey Prize for best short fiction published in a Canadian literary journal. His first novel and thesis project, Compensation, was published by Thistledown Press in 2006, and shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Devin was working on his second novel. He returned to Regina with the intention of establishing his literary practice here in Saskatchewan

2. Jennifer Still

Jennifer Still is a gifted young Saskatoon poet and publisher. She has published two books: Saltations (Thistledown Press, 2005), and Remnant (a chapbook by JackPine Press) and was nearing completion of a third poetry collection, Girlwood. Saltations was critically acclaimed and nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Jennifer is a founding co-publisher and administrator of JackPine Press, which publishes limited edition hand-made books created collaboratively by Canadian writers and visual artists.

Jane Turnbull Evans Endowment Fund

The purpose of these awards is to support and assist emerging women artists in the media, visual or multidisciplinary arts early in their career. In 2007 there was one award of $2,500.

1. Megan Morman

Megan Morman grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota, moving to Canada in 1997 to study at the University of Saskatchewan. Her university experiences were largely with "activist" art outside the organized contemporary art community: artcars and costumes for drag queens and radical cheerleaders. Megan received two degrees in 2003: a four-year B.A. in Sociology, and a three-year B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, focusing on critical theory and community development. Since then she's worked as a freelance designer and writer.

Harry Nick Kangles Endowment Fund

The purpose of these awards is to support emerging performing artists in the pursuit of the advancement of music, theatre, and art in the City of Regina. In 2007 there were two awards of $2,500 each.

1. Rah Rah

Rah Rah is made up of Regina musicians Marshall Burns (guitar/lead vocals/principal songwriter), Erin Passmore (drums/vocals/keyboards), Joel Passmore (bass/vocals/drums), Samra Sahlu (keyboards/vocals), and Kristina Hedlund (violin/vocals/accordion). They frequently work with Kyrie Kristmanson (trumpet/vocals), John Hedlund (bass), Emily Yee (violin), Leif Thorseth (guitar), and Jimmy (guitar).

Featured artists at the 2006 Regina Folk Festival, Rah Rah has co-headlined with Sylvie, Goldenmile, and Hot Panda/These Hands. They have performed with Malajube and Winterleep at the Pop Montreal Festival in 2006. Also in 2006 they opened for Elliot Brood, The Makitas, Serena Ryder, Nathan, and Geronimo. Their music has been used in the films Redemption, The River, and Stubblejumper. The band facilitated and also performed at the workshop “Exploring the Space Between Us – Youth and Racism” in October 2007 in North Battleford.

Rah Rah has received the following awards: 2007 Prairie Dog Readers Choice Awards: Band of the Year, CD of the Year (Songs for Pasquala) and Male Vocalist of the Year (Marshall Burns). They received an honourable mention on the 2006 Hottest Bands list on the music blog iheartmusic.net as well as a Top 50 tracks for their song Wintersun on the music blog Saidthegramaphone.com.

2. Sharon Nowlan

Sharon Nowlan is primarily a self-taught artist. She has appeared on stage with the Regina Lyric Light Opera and the Souris Valley Theatre. She toured the Canadian Fringe Theatre circuit in 2006 and 2007 in the smash hit Caberlesque! In 2007 she also toured the Fringe Circuit with Prairie Fire Productions’ The Medicine Show as both a performer and co-creator. She was working on a one woman show The Follies for the 2008 Fringe season. Sharon was taking whip-cracking and trick whipping training with Shelby Bond of Sound & Fury Theatre (Los Angeles).