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The 2021 Nominee Gala is going virtual!

Join us for a pre-awards announcement of the shortlisted playwrights.

Monday, September 27 at 7pm EST   |   Online

This event is free and open to the general public.


Awards will be announced online at The Tom Hendry Awards on October 24 at 7pm EST.

The 2021 Nominee Gala Host is…

Yolanda Bonnell (She/They) is a Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe & South Asian mixed performer, playwright and multidisciplinary creator/educator. Originally from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty territory), her arts practice is now based in Tkarón:to. She is Co-artistic leader of manidoons collective, that she runs with Michif (Métis) artist, Cole Alvis. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo show bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille while the published version was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award. She is also a part of Factory Theatre’s The Bedrock Creator’s Initiative where her play, Scanner continues to be developed. Yolanda has performed on stages at the Stratford Festival, the NAC, Persephone Theatre and was nominated for a Dora award for her performance in Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/ Gállábártnit. She was also the Indigenous artist recipient of the Jayu Arts for Human Rights Award for her work and has taught at schools like York University and Sheridan College. Yolanda proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors.

This event is in association with The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto Foundation.

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