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The 2020 Kenny Doren Award

Kenny Doren was a Canadian media artist and composer whose practice employed musical interventions and political discourse utilizing video and performance. His art installations, videos, and digital operas have been presented in Canada, China, Finland, France, and the U.S.A. He is an Ed Video honourary lifetime member, a dear friend, a great artist and a champion of artist-run centres and galleries across Canada.
To honour Kenny’s spirit, Ed Video has established this award to be presented to an extraordinary community individual who has demonstrated a strong artistic practice in or contribution to media art with an emphasis in audio. The award is for the amount of $1,000.
Congratulations to the 2020 winner of Ed Video’s Kenny Doren Award, Guelph-based musician and artist Elaquent!
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Born Sona Elango, he has witnessed music’s power as a connective tissue that brings people together, yet understands just how deeply isolated one must be to find new corners of their own psyche. With a sprawling catalog that includes dozens of projects, @elaquent has become one of beat music’s most compelling figures - despite living thousands of miles from its Los Angeles epicentre. He has won over many fans around the world, as well as in Guelph, and Ed Video is delighted to present Elaquent with this award to honour the spirit of Kenny Doren.
Past recipients:
2019 - Evan Gordon
2018 - Paul Walde
2017 - Steve Bates
2016 - Annie Dunning
2015 - Tasman Richardson
To nominate an individual for the Kenny Doren Award, please provide:
- the name and brief biography (1 page maximum) of the nominee
- your contact information (name, telephone and e-mail)
- an explanation (1 page maximum) as to why the individual would be a worthy recipient
Incomplete nominations will not be considered. The award will be decided by a jury of knowledgeable peers from the independent media arts community, and will be presented at Ed Video’s Annual General Meeting.
How to submit:
(Please put 2021 Kenny Doren Nomination in subject heading).
Kenny Doren Award – 2021 Nominations c/o Ed Video
404 York Road
Guelph, ON
N1E 3H4 
- Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person.
- Must be nominated by a third party.
- Nominee cannot be Ed Video Board Member.

*Ed Video is continually accepting donations to sustain and enhance this award and thanks all contributors for their support.*