The Enbridge Nextfest Emerging Artist Awards are intended to support the activities of young and independent Alberta artists involved in creative endeavours.
Congratulations to our 2014 winners!
Miranda is a 2010 graduate of the University of Windsor, and since graduating she has been consistently employed as an actor in cities across Canada developing a wide set of circus, variety, and street skills. While she is now based in Edmonton, this past year she galvanized her street, circus, and theatre experiences into a seven month period of devising and touring a 45-minute solo street show, which she performed in England, Australia, and New Zealand. While in Sydney she performed in King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew with the Australian Bard on the Beach, and trained for three months with the Sydney Stage Combat School. Since returning she has been busy with a wide variety of festivals and presenters, developing her original stageplay (Pelona), and preparing for the 2014 National Stage Combat Certification Conference.
Born and raised in Edmonton, after going to school for OREC and Tourism Management, Duncan lasted six months in an office environment before he started to crave something different. After a solo snowshoe New Year’s Eve adventure where he filled a notebook with musings, he drove back to town, broke his lease, and handed in a letter of resignation. Three months later he started the first generation of Our Books. He gave away everything that didn’t fit in his jeep, spent two years under staircases, garages, cabins, etc. After two years of fierce passion and dedication, he lives as a full-time artist. He travels from place to place spreading his art. Like a social engineer, his mission is to have people participate. He brings Our Books and other various creations to festivals and events, with big and small art both for sale and for free distribution under the banner “Anonymice Publishing and Productions Presents.”
Kami Van Halst
Kami is a teacher, student, and advocate, and rock vocalist with a social conscience. In addition to creating music, she feels it is important to use her music to give back to the community by raising awareness about important social issues. She will be releasing a new album in the fall of 2014 in which each song tackles a different social issue such as domestic violence, bullying, homelessness, gender inequality and addiction. She was awarded an Outstanding Creative Initiative award from the University of Alberta and a Social Justice award from the Government of Alberta. Shortly after the release of her music video, she was asked to speak on behalf of the Youth Empowerment and Support Services about the negative impacts that the government budget cuts have had on the shelter and support services available to the youth in need.
Patrick Lundeen has cemented a reputation as a cultural builder at a very young age. He is an actor, teacher, producer, director, administrator, and advocate for the arts in Edmonton. Since graduating from the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada he has been immersed in the arts community of Edmonton. In 2009 he founded the Common Ground Arts Society whose initial activities led to him becoming the theatre manager for The Avenue Theatre where he worked closely with hundreds of artists and promoters of different disciplines for a period of two years creating an intense amount of activity that included music shows, theatre productions, dance classes, visual art venues, film screenings and more more more including a series of cabaret shows called The Edmonton Show. He has since passed the artistic torch of Common Ground on to new hands, but continues to tirelessly serve the organization as president of its board. He has been recently announce as Intern Artistic Director for Catalyst Theatre.
“Enbridge delivers more than the energy you need. We deliver on our promise to make communities better places to live by investing in visual and performing arts, and other organizations that contribute to culturally vibrant communities. As a company with operations and employees in communities across Canada and the United States, we believe it’s essential to be involved in those communities and help make them healthy, vibrant and ultimately, better places to live. Enbridge has been a longtime supporter of Nextfest’s High School Mentorship Program and the Enbridge Emerging Artist Awards. Through our partnerships with local stakeholders, such as Theatre Network, we demonstrate the strength of our commitment to being
a responsible and considerate neighbour.”
– Cynthia Hansen, Vice President Canadian Operations for Enbridge Pipelines Inc.