Welland salutes its best in arts and culture

Posted by CoryCruise on September 29, 2014 | No comments

By Greg Furminger, The Tribune

Welland’s Arts and Culture Awards winners for 2014 are, from left: James Takeo for literary arts; The Black Lantern Experience (BLX) for visual and media arts, represented by T. Lee Kindy; and for music both Cory Cruise and band This Time Around, represented by Sue Robins. (GREG FURMINGER/Tribune Staff)

The edgy arts group that has taken Welland by storm is being credited with bringing new life to the Rose City arts scene.

Black Lantern Experience — BLX for short — was among four 2014 Welland Arts and Culture Awards winners.

Honours were presented during a small, informal ceremony Sunday afternoon at Welland Community Wellness Complex.

BLX, which has remained in the media spotlight since forming in June 2013,was recognized for hosting more than a dozen art shows, multiple poetry readings and its month-long storefront art gallery project this summer on Hellems Ave. — TheHardWay.

One of its founding members, James Takeo, took home the city’s literary arts award.

The outspoken advocate for the arts in the city was recognized for his prize-winning poetry and his blogging. He is also the arts opinion columnist for The Tribune.

Two awards were presented for music: to Cory Cruise and This Time Around.

Cruise, who has been showcased at IlluminAqua and Niagara Food Festival, is a recent Niagara’s Next Star winner and has established his name in the local music scene. He was the people’s choice award winner at last year’s Niagara Music Awards.

This Time Around perfoms contemporary and classic rock music and is a consistent supporter of not-for-profit fundraising activities, including March of Dimes Canada and MS Society of Canada. Band members include Sue Robins, Debbie Murray, Ed Bertoli, Ernie Jodoin, Wayne Hosick and Cheryl Stevenson.


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