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Chinese-Canadian opera musician honoured with Civic Merit Award

July 13 2012 An internationally recognized Cantonese opera musician is the latest recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Civic Merit Award. Master Toa Wong received the award today at a special ceremony at City Hall.

Master Wong immigrated to Vancouver in 1960 and has been instrumental in raising the calibre of Chinese-Canadian performing arts in Canada. The 98-year-old has trained several generations of Chinese-Canadian musicians, singers and performers.

Civic Merit Award from the City of Vancouver

An internationally recognized Cantonese opera musician is the latest recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Civic Merit Award. Master Toa Wong received the award today at a special ceremony at City Hall.

Master Wong immigrated to Vancouver in 1960 and has been instrumental in raising the calibre of Chinese-Canadian performing arts in Canada. The 98-year-old has trained several generations of Chinese-Canadian musicians, singers and performers, many of whom have established their own opera associations in Canada and abroad.

Through his talent and dedication, he has bridged gaps between the Chinese-Canadian performing arts community and academic institutions to build a better appreciation for Chinese opera.

He has shared his writing and performance skills and lectured at universities and music institutions around the world. Master Wong was also instrumental in arranging the donation of a collection of Chinese opera artifacts to the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology. The collection toured nationally as part of the exhibition “A Rare Flower – A Century of Cantonese Opera in Vancouver”.

The Civic Merit Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in a particular field or in recognition of a specific service within the city and the province. Recipients of the Civic Merit Award are unanimously approved by City Council and honoured through a resolution, medallion and inscription in the Civic Merit Book. The City of Vancouver has presented the award since 1942