November 25, 2015 – The National Arts Centre (NAC) is pleased to announce that Norman Armour, Artistic and Executive Director of Vancouver’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, has been awarded the 2015 National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring in the Performing Arts.  

Norman ArmourMr. Armour is being recognized for his ongoing commitment to arts touring and presenting in Canada and abroad, and in particular his work to bring west coast artists and companies to international prominence.  The award will be presented at the opening reception of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association’s (CAPACOA) 28th annual conference on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award,” said Mr. Armour.  “Like anyone who sticks it out and endeavours to persevere in the performing arts, my efforts and passions have been as much about making a meaningful contribution to the milieu as it was about my own individual career and aspirations. To make anything possible, to make anything a reality in Vancouver, you often need to first create the actual conditions for it to happen. For the past 30 odd years of my professional career, I’d like to think that this has been my sole, and soul-defining, purpose and mission. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to my colleagues and peers at the National Arts Centre and CAPACOA for providing me with the inspiration and encouragement that we all so need to keep our spirits and minds going, day in and day out.”

A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in 1986, Norman Armour is a recognized leader in Vancouver’s vibrant performing arts scene. His professional practice includes being a presenter, festival organizer, theatre producer, director, arts educator and community leader. Mr. Armour has also had a long career as an actor and interdisciplinary artist, with more than 120 projects for the stage and other media to his credit. His career has included stints at Dancemakers, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Atlanta’s Emory University, the Sacramento Theatre Company, Idaho Shakespeare Company and Albany New York’s Actors’ Shakespeare Company.

In 1990, Mr. Armour co-founded Rumble Theatre, and as the company’s Artistic Producer from 1995 to 2005, established the organization as a mainstay of Vancouver’s independent theatre scene. In 2005, he joined forces with Touchstone Theatre’s Artistic Director Katrina Dunn to launch the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Once described as “the cultural equivalent of bungee jumping,” PuSh is Vancouver’s annual, curated, mid-winter multi-disciplinary performing arts festival that engages west coast audiences with adventurous contemporary performance, while promoting cultural exchange and development.

As the Festival’s Artistic and Executive Director, Mr. Armour tirelessly champions local, national, and international artists and their works, through platforms such as the PuSh Assembly, a highly impactful industry and new market networking initiative. The Festival’s widely acknowledged credo is a collaborative and generative approach to partnerships and co-presenting relationships. Also of note is a rich history of internships, mentorships, and creative residencies, which reflect Mr. Armour’s commitment to aspirations of emerging artists, producers and administrators.

Established in 1992, the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring honours exceptional achievement in fostering the touring of live performing arts in Canada.  The recipient is chosen from nominations solicited from within the industry and is selected by a committee composed of presenters, artists, administrators, the National Arts Centre and CAPACOA.  The recipient may be an individual, performing company, corporation or other organization.

The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring consists of $2,500 and a specially designed porcelain sculpture by Paula Murray, one of Canada’s finest ceramic artists.    

Previous recipients include Tafelmusik (2014), Alain Paré (2013), Peter Feldman (2012), Ballet Jörgen Canada (2011), La danse sur les routes du Québec (2010), Uriel Luft (2009), the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (2008), Judy Harquail (2007), Ottie Lockey (2006), Colin McIntyre (2005), CBC Radio/la radio de Radio-Canada (2004), Debut Atlantic (2003), Richard Stoker (2002), Nicholas Goldschmidt (2001), Bruce Owen (2000), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (1999), David Haber (1998), Dr. Elmer Iseler (1997), Jean-Paul Gagnon (1996), Hugh Davidson (1995), Mark Porteous (1994), George Zukerman (1993), and CAPACOA (1992).

CAPACOA is a federally incorporated, non-profit pan-Canadian organization serving the performing arts touring and presenting field. The National Arts Centre is Canada’s pre-eminent showcase for the performing arts and the catalyst for the performing arts nationally. The National Arts Centre is home to the internationally acclaimed National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is a leader in the presentation of: classical music, dance, English and French theatre, variety and community programming.

For more information, please contact:

Mélanie Bureau
Operations Manager


Mary Gordon
National Editor
National Arts Centre
(613)947-7000, ext. 849




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