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Ottawa, May 27, 2010 — Linda Hutcheon, professor in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, and choreographer Édouard Lock, of Montreal, are the winners of this year’s Molson Prizes, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Two Molson Prizes, worth $50,000 each, are awarded every year to distinguished Canadians, one in the arts and the other in the social sciences or humanities. Dr. Hutcheon is the winner of the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and previously was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Prize in 2005. The winner of the Molson Prize in the Arts is Mr. Lock, a 2010 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award recipient.

The prizes recognize the recipients’ outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada. The Council administers these awards in co-operation with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and, following a nomination process, both laureates were selected by a joint peer assessment committee.

Linda Hutcheon

Linda Hutcheon is University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Considered one of the major literary theorists in North America, she is the author of nine books on literary and cultural theory on topics such as irony, parody, postmodernism, and adaptation. In recent years, she has turned to collaborative interdisciplinary work. With Mario J. Valdes, she co-directed a large research project on Latin America and East/Central Europe, which resulted in a three-volume publication entitled Rethinking Literary History—Comparatively.

In addition, Dr. Hutcheon and her husband, Michael Hutcheon, M.D., have co-authored three books: Opera: Desire, Disease, Death, Bodily Charm: Living Opera and Opera: The Art of Dying, which examined the intersections of medical and cultural history through opera as a cultural vehicle. They are currently working on a fourth joint book about the last works and styles of opera composers who led long and creative lives. Dr. Hutcheon is also very committed to supporting the next generation of leading researchers as demonstrated by her supervision of over 60 doctoral dissertations.

Édouard Lock

Edouard Lock began his choreographic career in 1974 at the age of 20 and founded La La La Human Steps in 1980. Mr. Lock has been invited to create works for some of the world’s leading companies, including The Paris Opera, the Nederlands Dans Theater and The Dutch National Ballet. His works have garnered awards, including the Jean A. Chalmers Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the Governor General of Canada’s National Arts Centre Award, the Benois de la Danse, and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

Mr. Lock co-conceived and was artistic director for David Bowie’s Sound and Vision tour and collaborated with Frank Zappa on the Yellow Shark concerts. At the invitation of the Opéra de Paris, Mr. Lock choreographed Les Boréades, interpreted by LHS at the Palais Garnier. Also a photographer and filmmaker, he directed the multi award-winning film adaptation of Amelia.

Mr. Lock has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec and Officer of the Order of Canada.

Photos of winners

Downloadable photos of the winners are available in the image gallery of the Canada Council.

This year’s Molson Prize committee was made up of Herménégilde Chiasson, poet, playwright, artistic director and former lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick (Grand-Barachois, NB); Gérard Duhaime, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Aboriginal Conditions (Université Laval); Nathalie Des Rosiers, General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (Ottawa); Takao Tanabe, visual artist, (Parksville, BC); and Veronica Tennant, dance and performance film producer and director, (Toronto).

General information

In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council is committed to raising public awareness and celebrating these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and international level.

Find a complete listing of these awards.

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2010 Molson Prize Winners

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