The clear and loud voices of the people were like sweet music to Andre Reid’s ears.
The talented singer, actor and model won the People’s Choice Award at the 18th annual MARTY Awards that celebrate the artistic achievements of Mississauga’s established artists while encouraging and supporting emerging talent.
The public voted for their favourite artist from April 9 to 30 and all 90 nominees were eligible for the award that received about 6,000 votes.
Reid was presented with a beautiful handmade glass award sculpted by Mississauga artist, Alyssa Getz.
“This is quite a moment and I am really honoured,” said Reid who was a nominee for the Emerging Performing Arts Award. “The award shows that the community support(s) the work I do and it will inspire me to raise my game.”
Born in Toronto, Reid moved to Mississauga at age four and graduated from Iona Catholic Secondary School which has a reputable performing arts program. He received an advanced diploma in jazz music and an acting diploma from Humber College and a music degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.
He played multiple characters in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and has appeared as a model in Humber College advertising campaigns.
Reid directs Praise Cathedral Worship Centre’s Youth Choir and the Young Adults Ensemble.
The Mississauga Arts Council-produced awards show took place at the Living Arts Centre.
Tristan Barrocks, who co-starred in his first theatrical musical at a very young age and is the director of Word Made Flesh Productions, received honourable mention in the Emerging Performing Arts category that also included film and TV actor, A.J. Saudin, who is best known for his role as Connor in Degrassi: The Next Generation, singer/songwriter, Abeena Samm, renowned drummer, guitarist and vocalist, Hed Redme, hip hop artist Brian Smith and award-winning artist, Janee Olivia, who has toured with Johnny Reid.
Visual artist, Anthony Coore, Jamaican-born Ontario College of Art & Design graduate, Delroy Russell and Nigerian-born photographer, Vanessa Wachuku, were nominated for the Emerging Visual Arts Award while photographer, Bobby Barrocks, was an Established Visual Arts nominee.
Trinidad & Tobago-born spoken word artist and raconteur, J. Nichole Noel and poet, Felicia James, were nominated for the Emerging Literary Award and Juno-award winning vocalist, Liberty Silver, was a candidate for the Established Performing Arts Award.
BY RON FANFAIR