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Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes

Molson prize

John Borrows and Alexina Louie (photo: Bo Huang)

Current winners

Alexina Louie

Alexina Louie is one of Canada’s most highly regarded and most often performed composers. Performed and broadcast internationally, her commissioned works range across all musical genres, including ballet and opera. Among her many awards and distinctions, she has twice won the JUNO Award for Best Classical Composition, as well as the Jules Léger Prize and the National Arts Centre Composers Award. 


John Borrows

John Borrows, B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons., Dalhousie, York & Law Society of Ontario), F.R.S.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences. John is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada. 

Read more about the 2019 winners

What is this prize?

The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. The prizes are intended to encourage ongoing contributions to Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage.

These prizes are administered by the Canada Council in cooperation with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The winners are chosen by a peer assessment committee, which is appointed jointly by the Canada Council and the SSHRC.

Prize amount

Two prizes valued at up to $50,000 each

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a third party (individual or organization).

A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among all the nominations received.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on these prizes, see the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

These prizes are funded by an endowment from the Molson Foundation.

Further Information

Luiza Pereira

Program Officer

E-mail: luiza.pereira@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4086

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4086

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

November 2019


Prize Amount

Up to

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Cumulative list of winners

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