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Two Local Artists Receive Corel Endowment for the Arts Awards

Council for the Arts in Ottawa's 2013-14 booklet with Metal Gods Corel Award Win
Ottawa – June 18, 2014 - The Council for the Arts in Ottawa (CAO) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Corel Endowment for the Arts Awards. The Awards were presented at the Council for the Arts in Ottawa’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Eric Julien /Von Allan Studio received support for his sequential art project Metal Gods. Combining visual arts and literature, Von Allan will produce an ongoing full colour periodical that engages the reader through action and adventure while tackling economic issues.

Composer Elise Letourneau accepted her award that will contribute towards the completion of a concert-length requiem to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the École Polytechnique tragedy. Titled Requiem for Fourteen Roses, the work will include a vocal soloist, choir and instrumental musicians.

Tom Pierson, CAO Board Member and Chair of the Awards Committee presented two $1,000 awards. “We were very pleased that our endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa was able to provide $1,000 to advance the work of two local artists. We look forward to seeing how each of these projects will unfold.”

The Corel Endowment for the Arts was established at the Community Foundation of Ottawa in 1997 through the combined fundraising efforts of the CAO and Corel Corporation. The annual interest is used to assist artists of all disciplines. The first awards were presented in 1998. To date, the fund has contributed to 41 artists’ projects.

Established in 1982, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to promoting the local arts in the Ottawa region. The CAO recognizes excellence in the local arts community through its awards program that also includes the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award, The CAO Mid-Career Artist Award, the RBC Emerging Artist Award, and the CAO Business Recognition Award.

For further information contact:

Peter Honeywell, Executive Director
Council for the Arts in Ottawa
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, K1N 6E2
(613) 569-1387
peter@arts-ottawa.on.ca

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Publishing Information

ISSN 2292-7654

ISBN for Issue 1: 978-0-9781237-6-5

ISBN for Issue 2: 978-0-9781237-7-2

ISBN for Issue 3: 978-0-9781237-8-9

About Metal Gods

Nick Connelly was a hard-working guy; he'd been a heavy metal roadie, a mechanic, a steel worker, and even a volunteer firefighter. He liked his adventures blue-collar and down to earth...unlike his wayward parents, Art and Wanda, a flaky duo whose own adventures took them from one charismatic charlatan to another. Nick and his girlfriend, Lou, were used to the postcards they got, filled with glowing words about the newest savior; Nick and Lou rolled their eyes but Art and Wanda always came back eventually, a little lighter in the wallet but happy...until, one time, they didn't.

As the weeks and months passed without any sign of the pair, Nick and Lou finally packed up the ole van and set off to find them...and what they found was worse than they could've imagined. Art and Wanda hadn't just taken up with another religious salesman in a cookie-cutter suburb somewhere...this time they'd sworn allegiance to a truly evil force; an ancient demon that existed only to tear the universe apart. Wipe out humanity. Poison the world. And it had the power and minions to do it, too. Nick and Lou only had each other to draw on...their courage; their love; and, of course, their van.

So, it's Nick and Lou against zealous cultists, supernaturally altered humans, well-armed flesh 'n blood thugs, and a powerful corporation, each of whom wants the demonic power for themselves. And the prize? Not just the safety of Art and Wanda...but the future of the entire world.

Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts

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Metal Gods has been funded by the Council for the Arts in Ottawa through the Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts.

Biographical Info


Von Allan - Writer and Artist

has been living and breathing comics in the Great White North for a number of years and has built an active and well-respected presence in the larger comics community. He has written, penciled, and inked a number of short stories and two full-length, original graphic novels. Both books were well received by fans, retailers, and critics and continue to sell today: the road to god knows..., the heartwarming story of a teenager growing up with a schizophrenic mother; and Stargazer, an all-ages sci-fi/fantasy adventure.

Sam Boswell - Editor

Sam Boswell has been finding dangling modifiers, correcting spelling, and fixing misused apostrophes in fiction, non-fiction, university theses, graphic novels, technical manuals, and government bureaucratese for almost 20 years. She lives in Ontario, Canada, and, when she's not solving language problems for other people, she can be found deep in a book, untangling yarn, or digging in the garden.

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