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Six Calgary and area artists are among the latest recipients of the Alberta Lieutenant-Governor Arts Awards.

A total of 11 artists were honored on June 10 with a 2022 Emerging Artist Award that each earns them $10,000 in cash. Five are from Calgary, one from Banff, four from Edmonton and one from Peace River.

“When the economy is tough, our artists are especially vulnerable,” says Alberta Arts Awards Foundation President Arlene Strom. “We are thrilled to invest $110,000 this year to advance the careers of these exceptional artists in the early stages of their professional development.

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Alberta Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani honored the 2022 Emerging Artists at a celebration hosted by Lac La Biche County and Portage College on June 10. The 11 winners were selected from 140 nominations through a process overseen by the Banff Centre.

The six local recipients are:

perpetual asset is a saxophonist and jazz composer whose music combines her Nigerian roots and the realities of life in Canada today. Her debut album, a collection of instrumental, spoken word and vocal music, is slated for release in the fall.

Vicki Chau is a filmmaker and media artist. His two short films, Pulled Strings and Hearth of the Lion, capture a slice of his Chinese-Vietnamese heritage. She was selected for the WarnerMedia Access Festivals program at the Reelworld Film Festival in Toronto in 2021.

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Eden Tremayne is an emerging soprano and for the past three seasons has participated in Calgary Opera’s McPhee Artist Development Program. She made her stage debut with Calgary Opera in the 2019-20 season as Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma and reprized Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème.

Tenaj Williams is a well-known stage actor who has branched out into film and television, with his most prominent role on CTV’s hit comedy show, JANN.

Nahanni McKay is a visual artist from Banff who uses photography, digital media and performance to explore pressing issues related to environmental change. Nahanni uses photography to raise awareness of the need to coexist with wildlife. His work has been exhibited both locally and in Europe.

Moni Brar is a Canadian Punjabi writer who explores diaspora guilt and intergenerational trauma. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Award and several Best of the Net Awards and won the SAAG Arts Writing Award.

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