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The Playhouse Honours

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The board of directors of the Fredericton Playhouse is proud to recognize Maggie Paul as the 2019 recipient of The Playhouse Honours.

Maggie Paul is an Indigenous Passamaquoddy elder, teacher and song carrier who has travelled around the world to share Wolastoqey/Maliseet and Passamaquoddy culture. Known for her voice, Maggie has recorded two albums — capturing the traditional songs of the Passamaquoddy and Wolastoqiyik/Maliseet people.

Established in 2008, the Playhouse Honours recognizes an individual’s involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton, fostering a deeper appreciation of the value that people can bring to community life through their work in music, theatre, dance, spoken-word and multidisciplinary performing arts.

“Maggie Paul’s continuous contribution and dedication to the community through mentorship and song is immeasurable,” says Greg MacFarlane, president of the Fredericton Playhouse board of directors. “We’re thrilled to recognize her as the recipient of the 2019 Playhouse Honours.”

A leader in the community, Maggie uses song to mentor young people who are looking to find their voice — like Polaris Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher. Work on the multi-award-winning album began when Maggie suggested he listen to century-old wax cylinders of Wolastoq songs, housed in the archives of the Canadian Museum of History. In 2018, when Dutcher accepted the Polaris Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, he thanked Maggie for encouraging him to study the songs of his community.

Born in Maine, Maggie has raised six children and lived most of her adult life on the Wolastoqey/Maliseet St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton. Her contribution and dedication to song has inspired a new generation of singers to maintain their culture. A true inspiration to people through song, Paul is also an invaluable supporter of those in her community who are struggling. As a strong believer in keeping traditions alive, she has travelled to Paris, Venezuela, Mexico and Belize to share and learn from their cultures.

In 2014 Maggie was awarded an Indspire Award in the category of culture, heritage and art. The annual Indspire Awards recognize Indigenous individuals who are leaders in their fields, having made extraordinary contributions to their communities and to the country.

Generously presented by Atlantic Mediaworks, Playhouse Honours recipients are featured on a permanent display in the west gallery of the Fredericton Playhouse.

Explore the Playhouse Honours Archives for a complete list of recipients.

The Playhouse Honours is proudly presented by: