Vision 2019

Celebrating Artistic Excellence!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

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Black Theatre Workshop takes great pride in bringing Montreal our luxurious annual Vision Celebration Gala. An official launching pad for Montreal’s Black History Month celebrations, the event serves to pay homage to outstanding Black artist changemakers who contribute to the development of arts in Canada and celebrates the vision of growth, solidarity and unity inspired by the great historical and contemporary figure, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award:

Fabienne Colas

Named 2018 Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker and business owner, Fabienne Colas is the ‘Queen of Festivals’ who created and manages 7 festivals in Montreal, Toronto, New York City, Halifax and Port-au-Prince – including the Montreal International Black Film Festival, Canada’s largest black film festival and the very popular Toronto Black Film Festival. These events have welcomed top names such as Harry Belafonte, Spike Lee, Stedman Graham, Danny Glover, Martin Luther King III, Dany Laferrière, Wyclef Jean, P.K. Subban, Alfre Woodard…

She works tirelessly and passionately to support and promote black independent cinema around the globe. Her primary mission is to continue to create platforms that show a diversity of voices, faces and points of view. As chairman of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, she supports, awards grants and promotes independent films and artists who, otherwise, would not have been seen or heard.

In 2015, Colas was awarded a Medal from Quebec’s National Assembly recognizing her leadership and contribution in the fight against racism and discrimination in Quebec. In 2017 she was awarded the Harry Jerome Arts & Culture Award in Toronto. In 2018, Femmes en Cinéma, Télévision et Média Numériques (FCTMN) paid tribute to Fabienne for her exceptional contribution in the Quebec Film Industry. She is the CEO of Zaza Production and also sat as a board member on the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary. She has been part of many juries among which the Canada Council for the Arts, Prix Gémeaux, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (Quebec Council for the Arts).

Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award:

Nancy Oliver-MacKenzie

Nancy Oliver-MacKenzie was a founding parent of the Montreal Free School & F.A.C.E. alternative arts school, she has taught in Montreal, Inukjuak, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Algonquin First Nations School. In retirement she was interim Coordinator of Programs and Services at the NDG Black Community Centre, developed and taught a seniors’ Introduction to Computers course, prepared a database of archival materials for the Black Studies Centre and was interim Outreach Director for the Union United Church and her resume continues.



We look forward to celebrating these powerhouse women!

Young Artist Awards:

Every year at our Vision Celebration Gala, we honour two young artists for their outstanding contributions to the performing arts. We are pleased to announce our 2019 award recipients:

Dayane Ntibarikure – Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award
Jared Warden-Joseph  – Victor Philips Award 

Ticket Information

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Cocktail at 5:30pm; Dinner at 6:30pm
The OMNI Hotel, 1050 rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal
Early Bird Tickets: $125* (before December 31, 2018)
Tickets: $135*
Table of 10: $1250*
*Black Theatre Workshop issues tax receipts for a partial amount of your ticket purchase.

To purchase your early-bird tickets you can pay via credit card by calling 514.932.1104 or via cheque sent to:

Black Theatre Workshop
Suite 432 – 3680, rue Jeanne Mance
Montréal, Québec
H2X 2K5

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A sponsorship opportunity is available for youth aged 13-25 from the Black community. Learn more about our Young Leaders’ Table.
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Past recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award include:

2018 32nd Don Jordan: Dance, Theatre & Education
2017 31st Winston Sutton: Theatre & Education
2016 30th Jackie Richardson: Theatre & Music
2015 29th Dany Laferrière: Literature
2014 28th Zab Maboungou: Dance
2013 27th Gregory Charles: Music
2012 26th Tonya Lee Williams: Film & Television
2011 25th Doudou Boicel: Music
2010 24th Bertrand A. Henry: Theatre
2009 23rd Ethel Bruneau: Dance [Tap]
2008 22nd Terry Donald: Theatre
2007 21st Charles Ellison: Music [Jazz]
2006 20th Walter Borden: Theatre
2005 19th Jeri Brown: Music [Jazz]
2004 18th Dr. George Elliot Clarke: Poet
2003 17th Djanet Sears: Theatre
2002 16th Anthony Salah I. Wilson: Music [Steel pan]
2001 15th Aldwin Albino: Music
2000 14th Michelle Sweeney: Music [Singer]
1999 13th Austin Clarke: Writer
1998 12th Anthony Sherwood: Actor
1997 11th Lorraine Klaasen: Music [Singer]
1996 10th Salome Bay: Music / Actor
1995 9th Dr. Daisy Peterson- Sweeny: Music
1994 8th Professor Trevor Payne: Music
1993 7th Dr. Oliver Jones: Music [Pianist]
1992 6th Dr. Clarence Bayne: Theatre & Educator
1991 5th Dr. Dorothy Wills: Community / Arts
1990 4th Rufus Rockhead (posthumously): Music [Jazz]
1989 3rd Charlie Biddle: Music [Jazz]
1988 2nd Ranee Lee: Music / Actor [Jazz]
1987 1st Oscar Peterson: Music