2015 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in French Language Literary Arts
Nominated by Maurice Raymond, Moncton NB
“There’s a beautiful word in the French language, a word I put some time into really understanding: opiniâtreté — relentlessness. It’s generally associated with perseverance, but it’s much more. In writing, it’s recognizing that nothing happens quickly, and if it does, one should be wary. Beautiful writing, chiselled writing, writing that really tells a story, comes with the price of effort. By reworking one’s craft a hundred times, one earns the right to call oneself relentless and grow a little more in one’s art.”
A renowned writer, Jacques Savoie was initially introduced to the arts through music. Growing up in Edmundston, he was heavily influenced by his mother, a classically trained pianist. Savoie’s band Beausoleil-Broussard took home France’s Prix de la jeune chanson française in 1978. Having graduated with a Master of Arts in Modern Literature from the Université d’Aix-en-Provence, Savoie published his first novels in the early 1980s, the first of which, Raconte-moi Massabielle, earned him the Prix de l’association Francophone internationale and was brought to the big screen by Francis Mankiewicz, garnering several international awards.
Recently, his detective series 5 secondes has allowed him privileged access to a new audience through social media, a unique reader–author rapport that embodies the modern aspect of his work.
Jacques Savoie continues to be a multidisciplinary artist, adapting his books for film, television, and ballet. Among his accolades, he has received the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s Indy award for best television series for Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire; the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival for Les portes tournantes; and an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the Université de Moncton
2015 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts
Nominated by John Leroux, Fredericton NB
“The meaning that resides in my bodies of work goes beyond visual description; they stand as a history of the play between human intervention and the landscape. The result is both an anecdote of an ordinary place and a metaphor for our relationship to place and environment. What emerges is a sense of vulnerability and the inexorable force of time.”
Born in England in 1949, Thaddeus Holownia immigrated to Canada in 1954. He grew up in a Polish home blessed with original art and a modest library of art books. His mother was a weaver and his father an engineer who made photographs and painted. Trips to galleries, museums, and locations across North America imbued Holownia with an early appreciation of architecture and the natural world. He completed a BA in Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Windsor in 1972.
A catalyst moment: the gift of a 35mm rangefinder camera from his uncle Joe Skarzenski. Encounters in Toronto in the 1970s with Canadian designer Allan Fleming, the Coach House Press, and A Space Gallery, and in New York an exhibit of contact prints by Ansel Adams at the Museum of Modern Art, were all influential in his artistic progression.
Holownia twice received the Paul Paré Medal from Mount Allison University in recognition of excellence in teaching, creative activity, research, and community service. Internationally acclaimed, Thaddeus Holownia lives in beautiful Jolicure, New Brunswick. His three life lessons: “Stay true to your ideals; don’t compromise on quality; and being a control freak is not a bad thing.”
Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Performing Arts 2015
Nominated by Calixte Duguay, Caraquet NB
“It is first and foremost the public who must understand and appreciate our work. A critic’s value lies primarily in serving the purpose of donors and producers: it is used to expand a curriculum. But if we don’t reach the public, we’re left screaming in the desert.”
Born in Maisonnette, New Brunswick, Jules Boudreau is the eldest of eleven children. His first glimpse into the art world came when his father bought him a Grolier youth encyclopedia. In its pages he discovered ancient Greek sculpture, the Mona Lisa, and works by Alphonse Daudet, Leconte de Lisle, Victor Hugo, and more.
As a young man, Boudreau formed his first amateur theatre group with a close friend, upon the latter’s inspired return from a trip to Montreal. “There were four of us — me, my friend, my sister, and another — to form our little troupe. Unable to find among the scripts that he gave me one that worked for us, I decided to put together a comedy; it was L’Agence Beloeil Inc., a detective comedy. I knew right away it wouldn’t be my last.”
Collaboration is an important element of Boudreau’s work; he always appreciates the work of directors, who add new dimensions to his scripts. He has collaborated often with Calixte Duguay and Marie-Cécile Albert. Despite Boudreau’s growing success, community theatre remains close to his heart.
Jules Boudreau has received a lifetime achievement award from the Prix France-Acadie jury. He continues to live and work in Maisonnette, where he holds the office of deputy mayor.