Teen Honour in the Arts Awards

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a youth who has made an outstanding contribution to Kelowna through cultural and/or artistic efforts.  
  • Must be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of Dec. 31, 2017.
  • Selections are based on the nominee's special accomplishments, contributions and awards for the year 2017.
  • Past information may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Finalist selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

2016 Teen Honour in the Arts Award Recipient

Andrew Kates

Jazz musician Andrew Kates started 2016 on a high note that just k eeps building in a glorious crescendo! He started by winning the Outstanding Performer Award in Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, then won the Outstanding Soloist Award at the BC Interior Jazz Festival two months later along with the Outstanding Senior Jazz Ensemble and was invited to compete at Music Fest Canada. In March 2017, he went on a ten-day tour of Holland and Germany, where he performed in conjunction with local orchestras paying tribute to soldiers who participated in the liberation of the Netherlands during WWII.

As both an accomplished jazz pianist and trumpet player, he volunteered his talents to play events such as the Crones and Colitis Gutsy Walk, Inn From the Cold’s fundraiser, a Remembrance Day Ceremony, the International Choir’s Chris tmas Benefit concert and for patients at KGH, shut -ins at Mission Villa and more. At the Christmas Benefit Concert, performers were offered a $100 honorarium – Andrew donated his back to the food bank!

Andrew also participates in the Wentworth Music progr am that raises funds for a variety of organizations through their concerts.

At Okanagan Mission Secondary, Andrew performs regularly at assemblies and concerts as well as volunteering to provide private lessons to students who need the extra support.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2015 - Lauren Maier
  • 2014 - Antony Knight
  • 2013 - Mandy Jong
  • 2012 - Quinn Bates
  • 2011 - Hayley Manlove
  • 2010 - Grace Kim 
  • 2009 - Haley Blais
  • 2008 - Evan Kascak
  • 2007 - Chad Abrahamson
  • 2006 - Melissa Wilmot
  • 2005 - Carmen Harris
  • 2004 - Joshua Ferguson
  • 2003 - Devin Roth
  • 2002 - Mitchell Howanyk
  • 2001 - Greg Sawisky
  • 2000 - Meaghan McRae


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