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The FYI Holiday Schedule

This, dear readers, is our last newsletter before the holiday. We return with highlight editions on Dec. 28 and 31 and resume our usual Monday/Thursday schedule on Jan. 4. Between now and then, all the usuals and let's sincerely hope that 2021 is a less memorable one than 2020 has proved to be.

The FYI Holiday Schedule

By FYI Staff

Yes, dear friends, it's that time of the year when (ordinarily) we break out the punch bowl, pin the mistletoe, and gather in praise of the birth of baby Jesus or give a communal blessing in the form of family gatherings. Religious or not, December 25 is a day for celebration and exchanges of love and respect to those near and dear; at least it was before the darned virus tore us apart and turned us indoors. With the antidote now starting to swim into circulation, we can collectively sigh with relief in knowing that there's a chance 2021 will be better than the year before. This said, the FYI team wishes the best to you all over the holiday season.  This is our last newsletter before the break. We return on December 28.


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From all of us here for now, adios amigos.

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Maestro Fresh Wes
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Maestro Fresh Wes

Awards

Maestro Fresh Wes Named First Hip-Hop Recipient Of Governor General’s Performing Arts Award

Meanwhile, Measha Brueggergosman-Lee is the first Black artist recognized in the classical music field.

For the first time in its history, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement is honouring a Canadian hip-hop artist. The worthy recipient is Toronto rapper and actor Maestro Fresh Wes (Wes Williams), who has just been named as one of the five 2024 laureates for the award, which recognizes Canadians who have made a lasting contribution to cultural life in Canada and internationally.

In a short acceptance speech, Williams said, "I'm excited and thrilled to be getting this award. I must have done something right! I just want to say I appreciate being appreciated!"

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