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York University to host prestigious 2015 Canada Prizes Awards Ceremony featuring keynote by M G Vassanji

Media release

TORONTO, December 9, 2014 – York University, in partnership with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, is pleased to announce that it will host the 25th annual Canada Prizes Awards Ceremony on April 29, 2015 in the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.

Celebrating the best Canadian scholarly books across all the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, the Canada Prizes are awarded annually to books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada. This year, the event will feature a keynote address by two-time Giller Award-winning writer M G Vassanji.

Every year, four prizes of $2,500 are awarded:

  • Canada Prize in the Humanities
  • Canada Prize in the Social Sciences
  • Prix du Canada en sciences humaines
  • Prix du Canada en sciences sociales

The winners and finalists of the Prizes provoke and inform national conversations on important topics and draw attention to the important contribution of scholarship to Canadian society.

Finalists for the 2015 Canada Prizes will be announced on March 25, 2015. The winners will be announced on April 22, 2015—one week prior to the Awards Ceremony on April 29.

What:                  2015 Canada Prizes Awards Ceremony with keynote address by M G Vassanji
Where:               Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
When:                 April 29 (tentative time 5:30-7:30) – open to media
Interviews:        Media wishing to cover the Canada Prizes in advance of the ceremony or attend the event itself are encouraged to contact York Media Relations for interview requests or other inquiries.


York media contact – for English language media inquiries:

Robin Heron
Media Relations
York University
416 736 2100 ext. 22097

Federation media contact – for French language media inquiries:

Nicola Katz
Communications Manager
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
T: 613-238-6112 ext. 351
C: 613-282-3489

About York University

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York’s 11 faculties and 25 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 280 leading universities worldwide. York's community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 270,000 alumni.

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research, learning and an understanding of the contributions made by the humanities and the social sciences for a free and democratic society. Since 1940, with a membership now comprising 160+ universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 85,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. The Federation has awarded the prestigious Canada Prizes for 25 years. For more information, visit