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Meet the 2021 Mayor's Awards for the Arts Nominees: Artist of the Year – Performing Arts

Martin Kratky

Principal cellist of the Kamloops Symphony since 2009, Martin Krátký is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Also core second chair with the Okanagan Symphony, Martin is steadily more in demand as a soloist, teacher, chamber musician, and orchestral section leader in the BC Interior. Passionate about education, as well as collaborative/cross-discipline projects, Martin teaches weekly at the Kamloops Symphony Music School and the Kelowna Community Music School.

JP Lancaster

JP Lancaster began performing, touring, and promoting shows at the age of 15 in his hometown of Kamloops, BC. Twenty-one years later, the veteran songwriter has returned and planted his roots in town, where he has continued to build his career as an artist and promoter.

Most recently, Lancaster was fortunate to be awarded the Career Development Grant from Creative BC. This has allowed Lancaster to record an album with some established names in the Canadian music industry, including Jon Anderson (Andy Shauf, Aidan Knight) and Jordan Koop (Orville Peck, Wolf Parade). Lancaster was also able to recruit

Graham Jones (Yukon Blonde) and Matt Kelly (City and Colour) to be part of his studio band.

Daniela O'Fee

Daniela O’Fee extends her practice from recital collaborations, chamber music and musical theatre to soundscape composition and experimental intermedia. As a solo pianist, she in an interpreter and champion of new works by Canadian composers. She has performed for Cantando Music Festival, Vancouver Pro Musica, Vancouver New Music, Performing Arts BC, Kamloops Festival of Performing Arts, Culture Days, SD73 Honour Choirs, Colombo Hall, KSO, TRU Chorus that she initiated as a Faculty of Arts instructor, and directed TRU’s Music in the Round. Daniela has dedicated her teaching to the students at KISSM and her private studio.

Kirk Smith

Kirk was born and raised in Kamloops. He caught the bug early and knew that he wanted to be a performer by the time he was a teenager. Right out of high-school he moved to New York City to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He was able to do a few projects in New York after graduating, but he quickly realized that it was important to him to live in Canada. He has mostly lived in Vancouver since, with a couple of stints in Kamloops, and he has had a busy career acting on stages across the country. Kamloops has always held an important place in his heart, and he was excited to move back to the area this past summer with his wife, Robyn, who he met working at Western Canada Theatre. He looks forward to becoming more involved in the community now that he lives here. He is grateful for all the amazing friends and colleagues he has met along the way and the constant love and support of Robyn and the rest of his family.

Cindy Wiebe

Cindy has designed costumes for over 20 productions at WCT and Project X and has worked with other designers on over 100 productions. Her credits include Glory, Million Dollar Quartet, Made in Italy, Closer Than Ever, Dreary and Izzy, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre), Don't Dress For Dinner (Western Canada Theatre with Thousand Islands Playhouse/Richmond Gateway Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Rex, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest (Project X).

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