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2007 Winner of Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award Announced

Brooke Miller is this year’s recipient of the fifth annual Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for her song Two Soldiers.


The award will be presented at a gala dinner at the Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s annual conference on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the London Convention Centre. Brooke Miller, as the winner of this year’s Colleen Peterson Award, will perform Two Soldiers during the Songs from the Heart showcase, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., also on October 13.


The jury commented that “Miller’s song lyric was poignant and personal yet connected to universal themes. The instrumentals created a work that evoked an emotional response from the listener.


Brooke Miller, who now resides in Ontario, was born and grew up on Prince Edward Island where she was inspired by music lovers around her, including her parents, eclectic artists and musicians themselves. She toured the Maritimes as part of a trio called Bleek, winning competitions, and later went solo, recording her debut album You Can See Everything. More information on Brooke can be found at


The $1000 award honouring the late singer/songwriter Colleen Peterson was established at the Ontario Arts Council in 2003 by her sister, Shirley Richardson and singer-songwriter Laura Bird.  The annual Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award supports and promotes the work of Ontario-resident emerging singer-songwriters in the genres of roots, traditional, folk and country music.  The jury for this year’s competition included last year’s winner Andy Sheppard, as well as Laura Bird, Shirley Richardson, and Paul Mills.


The Ontario Arts Council administers The Colleen Peterson Songwriting Fund and the selection process. Previous winners include Andy Sheppard (2006), Lori Cullen and Brian MacMillan (2005), David Gillis (2004), and evalyn parry (2003).


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For more information, please contact:

Hamal Docter

Communications Coordinator

Ontario Arts Council

416-969-7434 / 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.