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Contact East Awards & Award Nominations
Initiated in 1998, Contact East sponsored a series of awards to recognize excellence and achievement in the field of live performance touring and presentation. The Contact East Awards of Excellence celebrate the growth of the industry and recognize the accomplishments of presenters and performers who comprise the touring sector in Atlantic Canada.

Beginning in 2015, Contact East streamlined its awards into one honour, the Atlantic Presenters Association Achievement Award.

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Atlantic Presenters Association Achievement Award
The Atlantic Presenters Association Achievement Award is presented annually to a deserving individual who has made a significant contribution to the performing arts touring sector in Atlantic Canada, thereby furthering the objectives of the Association. The recipient is selected by the APA Board of Directors from nominations from the Association membership and/or the sector at large.

2016    Heather McGean, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax, NS
2015 Erick Bickerdike, Chester Playhouse, Chester, NS

Atlantic Presenters Association - Award of Excellence
(formerly the Performing Arts Touring Award of Excellence)
To recognize the commitment and contribution of an individual to touring performance presentation in Atlantic Canada, such as long term involvement, commitment to excellence, or contribution to community life and/or to touring sector growth.

2014    Celtic Colours International Festival, Cape Breton, NS
2013 Peter Brzezicki, Riverview Arts Centre, Riverview, NB
2012 Sue Urquhart, Charlottetown, PE
2011 Debut Atlantic, Halifax, NS
2010 Dick Stoker, Desmond Maillet, Marcel McKeough, and Harry Holman
2009 Peter D. Smith, Imperial Theatre, Saint John, NB
2007 Michael Steinitz, Antigonish Performing Arts Series, Antigonish, NS
2005 Rindy Austin, Council of the Arts, Fredericton, NB
2003 John C Perlin, CM, CVO, St.John’s, NL
2001 Pamela Kinsman, Atlantic Presenters Association, Windsor, NS
1998 Mary Ryan, Performing Arts Sponsors of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
Betty Tompkins, New Brunswick Arts Council, Saint John, NB

Community Presenters Award
To recognize excellence and achievement by an individual or organization in a volunteer capacity to present touring performances, such as long term involvement, commitment to excellence in programming, or contribution to community life. This award was no longer presented after 2014.

2014    Mount Allison Performing Arts Series, Sackville, NB
2013 Deep Roots Music Cooperative, Wolfville, NS
2012 Errin Williams Spidle, Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song, Lockport, NS
2011 Les Productions Le Moulin, Saulnierville, NS
2010 Fred Chipman, Acadia Performing Arts Series, Wolfville, NS
2009 Russell Easy, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society, Lunenburg, NS
2007 Carleton-Victoria Arts Council, Perth-Andover, NB
2005 Barbara Butler, St. Cecilia’s Concert Series, Halifax, NS
2003 Hampton Concert Group, Hampton, NB
2001 Michael Steinitz, Antigonish Performing Arts Series, Antigonish, NS
1998 Rindy Austin, Council of the Arts - Fredericton, NB

Professional Presenters Award
To recognize excellence and achievement by an individual or organization in a professional capacity to present touring performances, such as long term commitment, commitment to excellence in programming and professionalism, or contribution to community life and/or to the touring sector in Atlantic Canada. This award was no longer presented after 2014.

2014    TD Halifax Jazz Festival, Halifax, NS
2013 Harvest Jazz And Blues Festival, Fredericton, NB
2012 David O'Leary, Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville, NS
2011 The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS
2010 Live Art Dance Productions, Halifax, NS
2009 Robin Anne Ettles, Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB
2007 Astor Theatre, Liverpool, NS
2005 Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI
2003 John Patches, Maine Center of the Arts, Orono, Maine, USA
2001 Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB
1998 Richard Stoker, Arts and Culture Centres, NL

Touring Performers Award
To recognize performers whose professionalism and cooperative spirit enhance their relationship with presenters, such as cooperation in performance promotion, technical facilitation, contract fulfillment, or service above and beyond contractual agreements, either presented or self-presented. This award was no longer presented after 2014.

2014    Jeremy Webb / Off the Leash Creative, NS
2013 Bboyizm, ON
2012 Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, NB
2011 Kevin Fox, ON
2010 Julia McKay, Jake’s Gift, BC
2009 Chuck and Albert, PE
2007 Chris Coldpaugh and the Cosmic Crew, NB
2005 Hot Toddy / Isaac & Blewitt, NB
2003 Motus O Dance Theatre, Stouffville, ON
2001 Duo Concertante, St. John’s, NL
1998 The Quigley Ensemble, NB

Artist Manager/Agent of the Year Award
To recognize exceptional achievement by business organizations that work in partnership with presenters to develop and maintain audiences, promote block booking activity, conceive innovative touring projects, and otherwise go above and beyond the basic booking of engagements. This award was no longer presented after 2011.

2011    Agence Station Bleue, Montreal, PQ
2010 Prologue to the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON
2009 Mermaid Theatre, Windsor, NS

Patron of the Arts
To recognize the philanthropic commitment and contribution of an individual, or organization, to the presentation of the live performing arts in Atlantic Canada, such as long term involvement, or contribution to community life and/or to touring sector growth. This award was no longer presented after 2014.

2011    Delta Hotels
2010 Ron Outerbridge/Coast Tire, NS
2009 Doug & Debbie Hall, PE
2007 Winston Pearce, Moncton, NB
2007 Winston Pearce, Moncton, NB
2005 Moosehead Brewery, Saint John, NB
2003 RBC Royal Bank

Marketing and Promotion Innovation Award
To recognize innovative and successful initiatives to increase audiences for touring performances, such as cooperative or joint promotional ventures, series innovation, or creative sponsorships. This award was no longer presented after 2007.

2007    Mocean Dance, Halifax, NS
2005 The Playhouse, Fredericton, NB
2003 Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
2001 Keltic Lodge’s Theatre on the Cliff, Cape Breton, NS
1998 Paula Davis, Port Hawkesbury Recreation Department, NS