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Ontario Science Centre awards the 2019 Innovation in Mas’ Award to Nicholas Guy’s Heartbeat of the Last Conflict at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival

TORONTO (August 2, 2019) – Against the backdrop of pulsing Calypso beats and colourful costumes, the Ontario Science Centre awarded the 2019 Innovation in Mas’ award to first-time designer Nicholas Guy for Heartbeat of the Last Conflict at last night’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s King and Queen Showcase. The two-sided costume depicts the final battle of angels and demons, where good triumphs over evil. Guy, who performed his creation as part of the Louis Saldenah Mas K Club, was also crowned King.   

“As the Ontario Science Centre celebrates 50 years in 2019, it also marks another milestone: a ten-year partnership with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, honouring the scientific merit of carnival costumes,” said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “A decade later, carnival costume designers continue to surpass expectations and push boundaries with their ornate creations. This year’s winning design is no exception, epitomizing the integration of art and science.”  

The Innovation in Mas’ Award was established in 2010 to recognize innovative carnival costume design. The Award honours the designer whose creation best demonstrates the principles and practices of engineering innovation, including risk-taking, problem-solving and collaboration. The judging criteria also consider the creative use of materials and a commitment to the advancement of this unique craft for future generations.

This year’s jury, chaired by Vishnu Ramcharan, Community and Visitor Engagement Coordinator, Ontario Science Centre, comprised:

  • Walter Stoddard, Programmer-researcher, Ontario Science Centre
  • Candice Dixon, Creative lead, SugaCayne Design
  • Francis Jeffers, Curator, Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum
  • Quentin VerCetty,Afrofuturistic new media artist and designer

“This year’s competition was extremely tight, with intricate and complex costumes from seasoned designers,” said Walter Stoddard. “As a first-time designer, Nicholas Guy’s design particularly stood out to the jury for its risk-taking in materials and mechanics, and Guy’s collaborative approach to addressing and resolving challenges, which allowed him and the Louis Saldenah Mas K Club to achieve their joint vision.”

The Innovation in Mas’ Award is a unique, custom-designed trophy and remains at Louis Saldenah Mas K Club camp until the Science Centre’s Community Day celebrations on September 28 and 29, 2019, when Guy will receive a commemorative copy of the trophy for permanent ownership.
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