Surrey Muse Art and Literature Awards

Press Release, November 16, 2021

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To celebrate our 10th Anniversary this month, Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is introducing five art and literature awards in the areas of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, and visual arts. Beginning November 2022, these country-wide annual Awards will be open to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, permanent residents, refugees, and international students. Submissions will begin in June 2022 with a $10 Anniversary-Special entry fee. Prize Money will be $1,000 each. Winners will be selected by independent judges. Submission Guidelines and other details will be made available in the Spring of 2022.

The awards are as follows:
Vera Manuel Award for Poetry
Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction
Susan Crean Award for Nonfiction
Faith Nolan Award for Music
Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts

In naming these awards, we pay tribute to Vera Manuel, Joy Kogawa, Susan Crean, Faith Nolan and Norval Morrisseau for their talents, skills, understandings, and struggles. Each one, through their art, has pointed to historic injustices and inequalities in our society, and in that, they are miracle makers creating art, at once, of resistance and healing. As well, for us, naming Surrey Muse Awards in honour of such unique artists brings forth the diversity and scope of Canadian art and literature- giving us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our mandate of nurturing art and literature by encouraging an inclusive, fair, and equal cultural environment.

Vera Manuel

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Vera Manuel (1948 – 2010), Butterfly Woman (Kulilu Paⱡki), a poet, playwright, and drama therapist in British Columbia, worked through the inter-generational trauma of Residential Schools and its impact on individuals and communities using her poetry, drama, stage craft, spoken word, and storytelling. ‘For years’, Vera said, ‘I used my poetry as a tool to help people to heal and never thought to publish it or to use it for any other purpose.’ Her play ‘The Strength of Indian Women’ was published in ‘Two Plays about Indian Residential Schools’ (1998/2018). Her writings were anthologized and published in magazines, however, most of her work was published posthumously in ‘Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry – Vera Manuel’ (University of Manitoba Press, 2019). We dedicate the Poetry Award to Vera Manuel to express our gratitude for her undying, healing, and passionate poetic voice.
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Joy Kogawa

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Joy Kogawa is a novelist, YA writer and poet born in 1935 to Japanese Canadian parents in Vancouver. During WWII, in 1942, young Joy and her family were evicted from their home and forced to move to an internment camp, an aggression suffered at the time by some 22,000 Japanese Canadians. Years later, Joy challenged this historic injustice in a profound and masterful exposition: her 1981 novel, Obasan. Her art compelled a public recognition of this issue highlighting the power of written word. Later, her ancestral home was developed as a writers residence titled the Historic Joy Kogawa House. Joy was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, a Member of the Order of British Columbia in 2006, and in 2010, she received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan. We dedicate the Fiction Award to Joy Kogawa to express our awe for her disarmingly simple yet utterly profound art of storytelling.
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Susan Crean

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Susan Crean is a cultural critic, author, and activist working in British Columbia and Ontario for over 30 years. A pioneer of creative non-fiction in Canada, Susan’s expertise in Canadian history, art, and culture is evident in her essays, biographies, and memoir. She is the author of seven books, the first, Who’s Afraid of Canadian Culture, appeared in 1976 while her next major work, The Laughing One – A Journey to Emily Carr, was nominated for a Governor General’s award and won a BC Book Prize in 2001. Susan published her memoir, Finding Mr. Wong, in 2018, a work that recreates the life of her family’s cook, Wong Dong Wong. It reached the top 10 list of Best Canadian History books by Canada`s History magazine. We dedicate the Nonfiction Award to Susan Crean for her artistic expression that gives a warm and passionate voice to her factual narrative.
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Faith Nolan

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Faith Nolan is a singer/songwriter, filmmaker and an arts activist of Black Mi’kmaq Irish heritage who was born in Africville, Nova Scotia, settling in Toronto, Ontario. A self-taught musician, she has recorded 16 CDs exploring themes of human rights and social change. Her music has been described as a mix of blues, folk and jazz, with a taste of funk and reggae. To Faith, her music is her political work, and her politics is firmly rooted in her perspectives as a coal miner’s daughter, working-class, mixed-race Queer. Faith has founded various choirs, music groups and organizations in Ontario including CUPE Freedom Singers, Voices of Freedom Vanier Women Prisoner Singers, and, the Singing Elementary Teachers of Toronto to create music for children from various cultures. We dedicate the Music Award to Faith Nolan for her compelling musicality that holds the rhythms and lyrics of her revolutionary songs.
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Norval Morrisseau

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Norval Morrisseau (1932 – 2007), Copper Thunderbird, who founded the Woodland School of Art, is also called the grandfather of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. In the 1960s, Morrisseau shattered societal, sexual, and commonly held stereotypes and prejudices, and in the face of intense discrimination, he created a style that was all his own, an artistic vocabulary that inspired a new art movement. A prominent member of the Indian Group of Seven, in 1978, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts where he was given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He is the only Indigenous artist to have had a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. We dedicate the Visual Arts Award to Norval Morrisseau to express our gratitude for the color, the shapes, and the tremendous depth he gave to Canadian visual art.
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Surrey Muse is an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that was founded by four artists of Color in Surrey in November 2011. Mandated to inclusivity and equality, it held 3-hour salon-style monthly gatherings featuring authors, poets and artist/performers, with discussions and open mic sessions. In 2016, for its fifth anniversary, two additional programs were introduced: Surrey Muse At Large and Surrey Muse Writers. The group registered itself as Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) in 2019.

‘This is great news. I love that the awards program supports the interdisciplinary spirit and legacy of Surrey Muse. Congratulations on launching these awards.’
Jordan Strom, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, Surrey Art Gallery

‘Surrey Muse has done an amazing job over the past 10 years. It has built a community where none existed before. Its success is evident both in the fact that it has been taking place month to month for the past 10 years with a positive response from and participation by its community. Its community has continued to grow which only speaks to its importance.’
Randeep, Co-Founder & Secretary/Treasurer, Surrey Muse Arts Society 

‘The estate of Norval Morrisseau wishes to congratulate Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) for presenting the first ever Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts. We look forward to following this program, and we thank the Surrey Muse Awards for their hard work and dedication to young artists.’
Cory Dingle, CEO, The Estate of Norval Morrisseau

View a feature by Tom Zillich at Surrey Now-Leader
Surrey Muse celebrates 10th year with arts awards honouring 5 Canadian ‘miracle makers’

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Missy D – Surrey Muse

Missy D is a bilingual Hip Hop, Rap & Soul Artist who has released two music albums ‘When Music Hits You Feel No Pain’, and ‘Yes Mama’. Coming from the three corners of the motherland: Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Missy has been rapping since she was 11 years old in both French and English. She calls it Rap & Soul as it is a fusion of sounds of her childhood from French melodies to r&b, soul, jazz, hip hop and rap legends. As a black cis-women, Missy represents a visible minority that at times is invisible to the world. You will hear the sounds of MC Solaar, Diams, Erykah Badu, India Arie, J.Cole, Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill echoing through her voice. Her second album was published in March 2020, and its release party was cancelled due to COVID pandemic restrictions, so Missy dropped a music video for her song ‘Yes Mama’, and it is now available on YouTube.

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At the November 26, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Missy D will be the Featured Musician. More about the event is here: friday-nov-26

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Enternet Boy – Surrey Muse

Enternet boy is a Mexican-based audiovisual project focused on music experimentation and sound design. It has been directed since 2017 by Jorge Lara who is a co-founder of Vía de Acceso, a radio show that explores worldwide underground musical creations. Jorge is also a part of Desertic Garden, a duo band with Çois Agver about their ancestral roots, ecology, activism and social awareness. Their work has been presented at Ypuccko Gallery, Escape010101 virtual AR exhibition and Festival de Pajama 2 and 3.

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Nahid Siddiqui – Surrey Muse

Nahid Siddiqui is a classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and mentor who lives and works in Pakistan and England. Her organization, Nahid Siddiqui & Company was established in 1991, and since then it has presented 16 master-class productions earning various awards and distinctions around the world including Pakistan’s Pride Of Performance. Nahid’s most valuable contribution is to evolve her own expression and style infusing new themes in a classical dance. Her exploration and infusion of Sufianic thoughts and words within the context of kathak has brought this traditional dance to a new level of excellence. Nahid has introduced Kathak in the curriculum of the University of Surrey (UK) and other educational institutions by making it accessible through performances and educational outreach programs such as workshops, master classes and residencies. Her work has received support from West Midlands Arts Board and Arts Council of England. Her most recent production was presented at the Royal Ballet. Nahid learned her art from Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak and Pandit Birju Maharaj.

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Barbara Carter – Surrey Muse

Barbara Carter is a musician, poet, and an arts advocate and educator. Her work has appeared in many places including Poetry Pause, the YouTube channel of the Global Peace Alliance, RCLAS magazine, emerge 19, and The Poetry of Art at Kariton Art Gallery. She is an alumnus of SFU’s The Writers Studio, and in addition to poetry, she is working on a memoir of her early years in the Maritimes, Growing Up Army, an historical novel set in Vancouver 1914. As well, she is collaborating on several projects fusing poetry with the visual arts, jazz, and improvised music. A mother, lover of all things creative, and coddler of two little white dogs, Barbara acknowledges with gratitude that she is living and creating on the traditional unceded territories of the Semiahmoo First Nation and the broader territory of the Coast Salish Peoples in White Rock. Born in Toronto, Ontario, she has lived across Canada, from Nova Scotia through Quebec and Ontario, finally finding a home on the west coast.

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