Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2022 award recipients

Thank you to all who submitted your application for the 2022 Feme Sole Awards. May your dedication to your passion carry on!

2022 Feme Sole Award in Music

Lauren MacKay

Lauren MacKay is 21 years old and is from Peterborough, Ontario. She has been actively involved in the music community in her town since she was 13 years old. Lauren has been writing songs since she was 15 and has yet to put down her pen. Writing songs, singing, playing the guitar and piano are what bring her the upmost joy. Lauren is looking forward to what the future brings for her career in music.

Lauren MacKay

2022 Feme Sole Award in Publishing / Writing

Emily Standfield

Emily Standfield

Emily Standfield has a BA in political science and an MA in global governance, and she is currently finishing a graduate certificate in publishing from Centennial College. Emily was a section editor and graphic designer with On the Danforth magazine as well as an editorial intern at Broadview magazine. She enjoys editing and writing about current events, social justice, and culture. After she graduates, she hopes to work at a magazine that focuses on underreported issues and highlights diverse voices.

Ned Seager

Ned Seager is a fiction writer and graduate of Centennial College’s Publishing Program. He lives in Toronto.

Ned Seager
Alexandra Kernerman Vogelhut

Alexandra Kernerman Vogelhut

Ever since discovering a passion for writing at an early age, Alexandra has surrounded herself with stories. She began writing seriously in 2017, and to date has written over 350,000 words. She’d like to think some of them are good. Currently, she fulfills this passion by writing a historical fantasy novel and constantly learning all she can about the craft.

Alexandra transitioned to the publishing industry in an effort to fill her life with the written word. This journey began after joining a writing group online and providing critiques on unpublished manuscripts. There, she discovered how joyful it can be to give back to other writers; as a source of support, assistance, guidance, and encouragement. From there, she realized that this kind of work could be her career, and enrolled in the Centennial Publishing program shortly after. She’s made sure that each and every day she’s helping other writers achieve their dreams.

Her first publication is an article titled, “Voices in Rare Books: Can We Uncover History?” appearing in the Summer 2022 issue of On The Danforth magazine.

Puja Lad

In the year 2021, Puja applied and was accepted into the Publishing- Book, Magazine, and Electronic program at Centennial College. She published her very first article, “ Deities Escaped Olympus; Dripped onto the Streets,” and worked as a Section Editor for On the Danforth Magazine.

As a publishing student with a teaching background in both Drama and English, Puja not only knows the complexities and hard work that create a writer and publisher, but is also well-versed in the different aspects that make a publishing corporation flourish as she’s taken on leadership positions and initiatives in her class and community.

From the city of Mississauga, Puja is a true patron of the arts as a former recipient of The Outstanding Arts Award in her youth. A hopeless romantic and avid reader, she fell in love with literature and lived out most of her fairy tales in books: from the intrinsic storylines of fantasy/romance novels to challenging her inner convictions with self-help books, and engrossing in the occasional fashion magazine.

Puja Lad

Congratulations to our 2021 award recipient

Thank you to all who submitted your application for the 2021 Feme Sole Awards. Our team of adjudicators has selected the ‘sole’ winner for this year in music. Please visit us again in the fall to learn more about when the next application window will open.

2021 Feme Sole Award in Music

Viviane (Cardinal) Martin

In Viviane’s life, there is music. Viviane comes from a varied and diverse musical background; her career has seen her sing everything from folk to rock, classical to funk and her love, jazz. She is continually growing and learning.

She is a Calgary based vocalist, songwriter, performing artist, recording artist, producer and clinician.

Aside from her musical accomplishments Viviane is an artist working in mixed media creating some breathtaking abstract art.

Viviane is recognized as one of Canada’s finest vocalists. Her first recording Out of a Dream received a nomination for “Best Jazz On Record” for the 1994 Alberta Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. With her 2nd release and first CD The Blue In You, she is recording with some of Canada’s finest musicians including Juno Award winner Phil Dwyer.

Viviane’s second CD of original music with husband, composer and producer Daniel Guy Martin  features Juno Award winner Hugh Fraser on trombone plus Dave Restivo on piano, Jim Vivian on bass and Owen Howard at the drums. The Calgary Herald gave this CD a review with 4 out of 4 stars!

She brings warmth, intensity, a resonant tone and fluid, idiosyncratic phrasing to her interpretations of both standards and more offbeat material.

— Festival Int’l De Jazz De Montreal

Viviane Cardinal Martin


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