Quinte Arts Council Recognition Awards at the Luncheon for the Arts

The Quinte Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Arts Recognition Awards. The 2018 award winners are: Brian Barlow, Lynn Fennell, Gary Magwood, and Nancy Snowdon. As a group, they demonstrate the strength and vibrancy of the local arts and cultural scene, especially in the performing arts. These enablers of music and theatre in the Quinte region have brought opportunity and vitality to the community. They will be recognized and receive their awards at the Annual Luncheon for the Arts to be held at Dinkel’s Restaurant in Belleville from 11:30am-2:00pm on Thursday September 13th. The winners will be joined by Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher in celebrating their achievements.

Brian Barlow is a Grammy-winning drummer/arranger who serves as the creative director for The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. As one of Canada’s premier big band arrangers, Brian has given countless hours of his time, freely contributing arrangements for the Commodores Orchestra as well as co-founding the PEC Jazz Education program for regional high school students and the Trenton Big Band Festival.

Lynn Fennell founded the not-for-profit Prince Edward Community Theatre in 2008. Before that, he was a long time teacher at Prince Edward Collegiate where he directed numerous productions including Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Wiz. He was also the 2nd Chair of the Prince Edward County Arts Council. Beyond enabling many others to create theatre, Lynn has been a committed artist for many decades including directing plays with the Belleville Theatre Guild, and the Domino Theatre in Kingston amongst others.

Gary Magwood is well known in the Belleville arts scene as creator and producer of Night Kitchen Too, Belleville’s acoustic musical variety show. He was a co-founder of Belleville’s Downtown Docfest, serving as Chair for its first 6 years. In 2016, Gary worked with the Caravan Stage Company to open a new show in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gary also has expertise in green building techniques and has brought creativity and leadership to the growth of that field in Ontario.

Nancy Snowdon has made significant contributions to the performing arts in Quinte region. For over a decade she has served on the board of the Stirling Festival Theatre and is also a long-time serving member on the board of the Quinte Symphony. Nancy is recognized for her leadership in governance within the arts sector, as well as her tireless contributions as a ‘boots on the ground’ volunteer selling tickets, billeting artists, and volunteering in the office of Stirling Festival Theatre.

Tickets for The Luncheon and Arts Recognition Awards are 35$ each for a 3-course lunch event (includes tax and gratuity) and are available at the Quinte Arts Council office at 36 Bridge Street East, Belleville, ON, or call 613-962-1232.

The Luncheon and Arts Recognition Awards is sponsored by: McDougall Insurance, Veridian Connections, CJBQ, Mix 97, Rock 107, Cool 100.1, and 95.5 Hits FM, and The Belleville Intelligencer. The Quinte Arts Council is proudly supported by grants from The City of Belleville and the Ontario Arts Council.


Contact: Membership and Communications Director, Quinte Arts Council.

Email: communications@quinteartscouncil.org