Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

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Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
Awarded forLiterary award for Toronto theatre
Country Canada
Presented byOntario Arts Council
First awarded1979
Last awarded2001
WebsiteThe Chalmers Awards for Creativity and Excellence in the Arts (discontinued)

The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award was a Canadian literary award given to Canadian plays produced by any professional Canadian theatre company, and having performances in the Toronto area.[1]

The prize had a monetary value of $25,000, and was named for benefactor Floyd Chalmers, an editor and publisher.[2]

From the award's inception until 1980, one play was named the winner of the award, except for a tie in 1977. In 1980, the award began honouring multiple plays. That year, five winners were named. Since then, four plays normally won the award each year. In 1983, a youth theatre prize was added alongside the general theatre category.

The award was one of several arts awards created by the Chalmers family of Toronto. In 2001 the award was presented for the final time,[3] and in 2002 the Chalmers family endowed an Ontario Arts Council fund for two arts grant programs.[4]

Winners[edit]

Year General theatre Youth theatre
1973[1] No award presented
1974[1]
1975[1]
1976[1]
1977[1]
1978[1]
1979[1]
1980[1]
1981[1]
1982[1]
1983[1]
1984[1]
1985[1]
1986[1]
1987[1]
1988[1]
1989[1]
1990[1]
1991[1]
1992[1]
1993[1]
1994[1]
1995[1]
1996[1]
1997[1]
1998[1]
1999[1]
2000[5]
2001[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab William H. New (2002). Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press. p. 63-64.
  2. ^ Floyd Chalmers at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ a b "Chalmers winners for the last time ; Rich theatre awards will be replaced with grants system". Toronto Star, May 15, 2001.
  4. ^ "Chalmers Awards takes its eye off the prize". The Globe and Mail, March 14, 2002.
  5. ^ "Chalmers slams rich at arts awards". Toronto Star, May 16, 2000.