Mammal Lovers, 2014 to 2016
& Nancy Cooper
Timothy Comeau Award
The Timothy Comeau Award was created to recognize individuals who have shown exceptional support, interest and love for Mammalian. Recipients of the Timothy Comeau Award have been supporters and participants in many of our activities, and have also offered insights, analysis and criticism. Without these people our events would feel incomplete. Winners of the award receive a life-long pass to all Mammalian presentations as well as a dinner party hosted by Mammalian and the Torontonians.
The 2014 winner of the Timothy Comeau Award is Britt Welter Nolan! In 2012, as part of our new residency at the Gladstone Hotel, we launched Teens Take Over, the hotel’s first ever Teens In Residence program, with the strategic aim of getting youth in on the precious cultural, economic, and social resources of Queen Street West. Since then, the Gladstone has become our second home, with the teens animating the halls in conversations about Nicki Minaj. Much of the success for Teens Take Over has come from the tireless effort and support of Britt Welter-Nolan, (now former) Managing Director – Artistic Projects. Her constant pushing of boundaries and inclusion of The Torontonians in exhibitions like Come Up to My Room and Grow Op has raised the roof in the world of community engagement. She has also been instrumental in offering employment opportunities to the Torontonians, getting them gigs taking tickets and at coat-check, and playing a decisive hand in the economic cultural strategy of Teens Take Over. While she is no longer at the Gladstone and off to brighter things (Myseum), Britt’s legacy and commitment to the initiative will continue to influence us going forward. Thankfully, we’ve recorded the sound of her booming laughter that used to echo down the halls to play every day at 3pm.
The 2013 winner of the Timothy Comeau Award was Evan Tyler. Evan is the generous mofo who has been allowing us to use his gallery for pretty much whatever the hell we want. We have rehearsals there, parties and performances- he even lets us hang out in our PJs, eat popcorn, and watch terrifying horror films (DO NOT watch The Poughkeepsie Tapes), and sometimes he feeds us dim sum and pizza! Together with Evan we’re demonstrating a new kind of collaboration that can exist between non-profits like ourselves and those in the commercial sector to provide cool spaces for neighbourhood youth (and kidults) to chill and be creative within the city’s rapidly changing core. We provide Evan with something that money can’t buy – wicked and vibrant activity rooted deeply in the surrounding community and total youth engagement, while Evan provides us something that we can’t afford – free space – as well as something we, too, can’t buy: access to his scene of art makers, thinkers, and city changers. It’s a great partnership and we’re totally grateful for his unwavering support. Best part of working with Evan: he looks better in a dress than any of our mothers.
The 2012 winner of the Timothy Comeau Award was Ana-Marija Stojic. Ana-Marija has interned and volunteered with Mammalian for well over a year, helping to coordinate Dare Nights, cooking copious amounts of food for Mammalian parties, organizing events with the Torontonians and helping with local production. Ana is still volunteering with us and we hope she never leaves.
The 2011 winner of the Timothy Comeau Award was Ernie Boulton. Thanks to Ernie, Mammalian was able to access students at Parkdale Public School to create our first work with kids, and the rest is history. Ernie continues to be supportive of the company as Principal at Dovercourt Public School, facilitating our collaboration with the kids there on These Are The People In Your Neighbourhood this past spring.
The 2010 winner of the Timothy Comeau Award was Sanjay Ratnan. Sanjay has been hanging out with Mammalian and participiating in our events since he was a fetus. He continues to contribute his talents, ideas and super-star personality to Mammalian as a member of the Torontonians.
The 2009 winner of the Timothy Comeau Award was Kathleen Smith. Kathleen is not only a super Mammalian supporter, but thanks to her three nominations, Mammalian won the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts for Youth Award in 2009, a $15,000 cash prize.
The 2008 winner of the inaugural Timothy Comeau Award was Timothy Comeau. Timothy is a writer, artist and web developer. He has been a constant supporter of the company, writing about our work, showing up to our events, goofing around and generating the kind of vibe that is essential to us. A Mammalian event without Timothy is a Mammalian event that’s happening on another continent. (timothycomeau.com/tca)