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Dean's Message

On June 26th, 2018, the federal government announced a $125M investment in domestic programs and exports in the Arts. This announcement comes on the heels of Ontario’s 2017 commitment to invest $50M annually to boost the culture sector. This is important recognition of the growth and positive impact that arts and culture have in Canada and Ontario, contributing $25 billion and almost 280,000 jobs to the Ontario economy.

Humber College is a leading contributor to this growing sector, and we are excited to see commitment at all levels of government to increasing the number of jobs, building further capacity in the sector, and further establishing Ontario as a leader in arts and culture.

We are excited by the many success stories of Humber alumni, faculty, staff and students making their mark in the world and demonstrating year after year that Humber produces leaders in the Arts and Creative Industries. A few examples of success stories from this past year include:

  • Acting for Film and Television alumna Michelle McLeod had the starring role in Don’t Talk to Irene, a Geena Davis-co-starring film that premiered at TIFF in September 2017 and was released in the U.S. in March 2018. In its review, The Globe and Mail highlighted the “ungainly charm of McLeod’s performance,” with Variety also singling out Michelle’s performance as one of the film’s strengths.
  • Comedy graduate Rebecca Addelman released Paper Year, her first feature film as a director. The film, which Rebecca also wrote, co-stars Andie McDowell and received rave reviews, with Exlaim noting that the film ”achieves the difficult task of telling a sincere, thoughtful story without taking itself too seriously.”
  • Bachelor of Music graduate Matthew Burnett produced Daniel’s Caesar’s Freudian, one of the biggest R&B albums of 2017, and was nominated as Jack Richardson Producer of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards. He tours as a drummer in Caesar’s band, and has previously produced Grammy Award-winning songs for Eminem.

Other successes have included JUNO Awards, literary prizes, and more – recognition that Humber continues to produce leading professionals in the arts, entertainment and cultural industries.

Congratulations to students, staff, faculty and alumni on a successful year and best wishes for warm summer full of creative projects, rich learning experiences and new friendships!

Steve Bellamy
Dean, School of Creative & Performing Arts

Steve Bellamy