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Winnipeg actress Doreen Brownstone received a lifetime achievement award at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts Thursday.
The pioneering 90-year-old performer was onstage for the Manitoba Theatre Centre’s first play in 1958 and again for a production in its 50th season. The England-born Brownstone, who came to Winnipeg in 1946, was the first Canadian stage actor to work past the age of 80.
"It’s a beautful tribute," said Brownstone, during an interview. "It’s been a pleasure to be onstage all these years and people have told me they have enjoyed my work but I enjoyed it more. I’m getting an award for enjoying myself."
Curtis Nowosad, a jazz drummer who will begin studies at the Manhattan School of Music later this year, received the On the Rise Award, which goes to a promising artist in the city.
Odette Heyn and Faye Thomson, longtime co-directors of the School of Contemporary Dancers, won the Making a Difference Award, which recognizes the contribution of an artist or arts administrator to the growth and development of the arts in Winnipeg.
Deco Dawson, whose latest short documentary film, Keep a Modest Head, won awards at film festivals in Toronto and Seattle, won the Making a Mark Award.
Gail Asper, one of the city’s most prominent cultural supporters, won the Arts Champion Award, and the outstanding volunteer award went to Alison Norberg, who for five years has been the president of the Manitoba Craft Council.
The 2013 jurors were University of Winnipeg film professor Howard Curle, aboriginal music program manager Alan Greyeyes, Perry Grosshans, general manager of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, performance artist Ming Hon and painter Diane Whitehouse.