Phoenix Theatre’s Yerma is on the M Award long-list (photo by David Lowes)

UVic’s Fine Arts faculty are once again well-represented as nominees on the ballot for Monday Magazine’s annual M Awards. Included in the many categories now open for voting are Phoenix Theatre’s production of Yerma and Blue Bridge Theatre’s UVic-heavy A Streetcar Named Desire (Favourite Overall Production); the Belfry’s new play The Life Inside, which featured associate professor Jan Wood (Favourite New Play); artist-in-residence Joanna Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet and sessional instructor Yariv Aloni (Favourite Classical/New Music Performer); head of voice Benjamin Butterfield (Favourite Performer); Visual Arts chair Daniel Laskarin and sessional instructor Megan Dickie (Favourite Visual Artist); Legacy Gallery’s Graphic Radicals (Favourite Art Show); Department of Writing graduate advisor Maureen Bradley (Favourite Filmmaker) plus sessional instructors John Gould’s 7 Good Reasons Not to be Good (Favourite Fiction Book) and Melanie Siebert’s Deepwater Vee (Favourite Book of Poetry).

There are also write-in options for a number of categories, many of which could include UVic talent (eg: the Lafayette String Quartet for Favourite Classical Ensemble), and plenty of FA alumni can be found amongst the nominees (eg: Jim Leard for his new play Thank You, My Love, Goodbye, Matthew Hooton for his book Deloume Road). Gosh, there’s even a student project on the ballot: theatre student Jay Mitchell’s Fringe Festival favourite Z-Day: Anthem for the Post-Zombie Apocalypse (Favourite Musical).

The M Awards are a people’s-choice awards, with the winners based solely on the public’s voting. Winners will be announced in the April 7 issue. You can click one for team UVic by voting here at or by picking up a paper copy and filling it out the old-fashioned way. Deadline for voting is 5 p.m. Friday, March 18.