Alise Marlane wins Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award

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Alise Marlane

Toronto, March 20, 2012 – The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to announce Alise Marlane as the recipient of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for her song “L’aurore boréale.”

•Born in Montreal, Alise Marlane is now based in the Outaouais, where she performs solo and has regularly played with the Canadian Folk Music Awards-nominated Frida’s Brow.

She has opened for Ron Sexsmith, the The Wailin’ Jennys and Terry Tufts and performed at the Ottawa Folk Festival, Blue Skies Festival and Eaglewood Folk Festival among other festivals and events.

Her 2004 debut album Stillness Hold On was produced by Ian Tamblyn and followed by 2009`s Room for Less, co-produced by James Stephens. Her new solo recording will be released in the fall of 2012.

In 2005, Alise was selected as resident songwriter and musical director for Theatre Wakefield’s musical play Cabaret Civil, which led to the production of the 2006 album Cabaret Civil: Songs from Theatre Wakefield’s Production. She is currently collaborating with a playwright on music for another theatre production.

Alise`s career has spanned many other facets of the arts. Prior to focusing on writing music, Alise worked for many years as an art conservator.

The 2011 Colleen Peterson jury remarked: “L’aurore boréale’s original melody and beautiful poetry make it an exceptional song, which creates a captivating musical landscape.”

Nominations for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award are received from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals’ “Songs from the Heart” competition. OAC assembles the Colleen Peterson jury that chooses the award recipient.

The Colleen Peterson Songwriting Fund was established in 2003 to honour Colleen Peterson’s contribution to Canadian folk and country music.

The annual $1,000 award supports and promotes the work of Ontario-resident emerging singer-songwriters in the genres of roots, traditional, folk and country music.

About Alise Marlane (link available in English only).

Listen to L’aurore boréale,” Alise’s award-winning song.

Previous winners of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award include Lynne Hanson (2010); Kyrie Kristmanson (2009); Chris MacLean (2008) and Brooke Miller (2007). Click here for a full list of past recipients.

About OAC’s Granting programs and awards.

Photo credit: Franziska Heinze

LINKS:  Ontario Arts Council | Ontario Council of Folk Festivals

Geneviève Vallerand
Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434 | 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7434 | [email protected]

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s main funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2010-2011, the OAC funded 1,720 individual artists and 1,057 organizations in 223 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.3 million.