The intense 35 C heat wasn’t enough to melt the vivacious spirits of the audience attending the 37th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards this past Monday, June 27. Held for the third year at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage, the show was hosted by the hilarious multi-award winning actor, comedian, Broadway performer, and stage director, Bruce Dow.
The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are produced and presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), and gather the city’s diverse artists to celebrate excellence in the 2015/2016 season of theatre, dance and opera. This year’s star-studded ceremony featured a grand total of 236 nominations in 48 award categories, plus TAPA’s Silver Ticket Award and NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award.
The Canadian Opera Company once again stole the spotlight, bringing home eight Doras –five for their production of Siegfried alone, and three for La Traviata. Young People’s Theatre followed with five Doras (including Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division for Goodnight Moon). Canadian Stage took third with four wins (including Outstanding Production for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom in the General Theatre Division, Outstanding Production for Betroffenheit in the Dance Division and Outstanding Touring Production for Cold Blood). David Mirvish and Tarragon Theatre each took home three awards including Outstanding Production for Mirvish’s Kinky Boots in the Musical Theatre Division and Outstanding New Play to Kat Sandler for Tarragon’s Mustard in the General Theatre Division.
It was also an important evening for Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada's oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Cree playwright Cliff Cardinal took home two Doras, including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance – Male, for his powerful work on Huff.
Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille and award-winning director and dramaturge, Andy McKim, was the proud recipient of the 2016 Silver Ticket Award, in honour of his incredible 30+-year career. Established in 1980, the TAPA-sponsored Silver Ticket Award is given to an individual who has excelled in their career while also nurturing and contributing to the development of Canadian theatre.
The Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production, sponsored by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square, was given to One Night Only: The Greatest Musical Never Written, produced by Golden Ages Productions.
The 37th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards provided a truly beautiful celebration of hard-work, diversity, and a love shared by all who were present, of the art that is theatre.
For the complete list of winners from the 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, click here: https://tapa.ca/blog/announcement-recipients-for-the-2016-dora-awards-announced-tapa/