The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards to be handed out Nov. 27

WHITBY, ON November 19, 2014

Durham Region’s creative economy will be put in the spotlight on Nov. 27 at the fourth annual Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCA) ceremony.

The ceremony will kick off at 6:30 p.m., with a welcome reception at the Heydenshore Pavilion, located at 589 Water St. in Whitby. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m., by Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism and event partner Dennis Croft, Executive Director at Spark Centre. Members of the public are encouraged to attend this event, and can purchase tickets for $20 at

“Durham Region’s creative talent is thriving, and our judging committee was impressed by the quality of nominations submitted for this year’s Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards,” said Kerri King, Tourism Manager. “Our rich heritage, dynamic attractions, and thriving arts and culture scene make up a quality of life in Durham Region that is second to none.”

The nominees for 2014 Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards are:

•            Conrad Boyce

•            Carey Nicholson, Theatre 3x60

•            Heather Maitland

•            Rocky Varcoe, LIVEact Inc.

•            Colin Burwell and Carla Sinclair, Empty Cup Media

•            Brian Caicco, FY Media

•            Yolanda Beasley, Whitby Chamber of Commerce

•            Sharon Wicken, Accolade Events

•            Carol Vandersanden, The Table

•            Chris van der Vilet, Rawlicious Whitby

•            Cathy Brown, Heritage House

•            Julie Belli, Carpe Diem Cheese

•            Ian McMillan, Oshawa This Week

•            John Arkelian, Artsforum Magazine

•            Ron Pietroniro, Metroland Media Group

•            Brett Austin

•            Pamela Meacher

•            Henry Kortekaas, Henry Kortekaas & Associates Inc.

•            Mike Colwell, Deeply Rooted Designs

•            How to in 10 Festival and Road Show, Durham Region Public Libraries 

•            Lorna Murphy, 20 Vic Management

•            Epilepsy Climb for Epilepsy & Beyond, Epilepsy Durham Region

•            Olexander Wlasenki, Station Gallery – The Wiki Show

•            Diane Powers, Christmas in Clarington County

•            John Arkelian, Cinechats Film Festival

•            Jennifer Hardie, Brigitta McLeod and Bonnie Thomson, META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery

•            Charlotte Hale

•            Jason Atkins, 360 Incentives

•            Kent Farndale

•            Wayne Conrad, Omacron Science Inc.

•            Greg Keelor, Blue Rodeo

•            Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary

Awards will be presented in the following categories: theatre, media arts, culinary/artisanal, music, literary, philanthropy, visual arts, and festivals and events. Additional awards will also be handed out to recognize the Cultural Champion in Business, Lifetime Achievement, and Lifetime Innovator.

Durham Tourism will be making a special announcement during this year’s event, about the Durham Festival—a celebration of creativity and culture in Durham Region—which will run from Aug. 13 to 16, 2015.

Following the ceremony, guests can enjoy live entertainment provided by DJ Jonathan Stein and local artist James Ruddle.

For more information on DATCA or to purchase a ticket, visit

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