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Harbourfront Centre Congratulates Fresh Ground new works Recipient Robert Chafe
on his Governor General Literary Award

TORONTO, ON (Nov. 19, 2010)Harbourfront Centre congratulates playwright Robert Chafe of St. John’s, N.L., on his Governor General’s Literary Award 2010 for Drama, English-Language, for the play Afterimage. Mr. Chafe’s stage adaptation of the short story originally written by fellow Newfoundlander Michael Crummey was supported through Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme, in 2007. The play was developed by Mr. Chafe and director Jillian Keiley through their company Artistic Fraud and Afterimage had its world premiere at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage performing arts series on April 16, 2009.

“Harbourfront Centre's Fresh Ground program allowed Artistic Fraud to explore the full implications of Michael Crummey's short story Afterimage as a stage play,” said Mr. Chafe, “and allowed me to make that first big step, the stage adaptation of the text. I, as with everyone with the production, remain so grateful for that critical early support.”

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Harbourfront Centre’s Fresh Ground new works is a national commissioning progamme that stimulates the creation of new cross-disciplinary works, providing financial support for innovation, creation and excellence.

Fresh Ground new works is made possible by the generosity of several major individual donors and partners who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian artworks: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, John Kazanjian and Susan Soloway, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, RBC Foundation, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean; and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation. For more information about Fresh Ground new works please visit

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


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