Awards & Nominations

2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award
2011 CBC Bookie for Best Character for Motorcycles and Sweetgrass
2010 Ontario Premier’s Award for Creative Arts and Design
2010 Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in Fiction, Motorcycles and Sweetgrass
2009 Victoria Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement in Theatre
2009 Nominations for Gemini Awards in several categories, including Best Picture, Best Editing and Best Actor for a MOW for In A World Created By A Drunken God
2009 Shortlisted for the Stellar Book Award for 2009-2010 in the Teen Readers’ Choice Award category for The Night Wanderer
2009 Nominee for the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award for The Night Wanderer
2008 Winner and Nominee at the American Indian Film Festival – Best Actor (winner), Best Film (nominated) and Best Director (nominated) for movie In A World Created By A Drunken God
2008 Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award for The Night Wanderer
2008 Shortlisted for Playwriting for the Simonovitch Award
2008 Shortlisted for the Sunburst Award in the Young Adult Category for The Night Wanderer
2008 Finalist for the Arthur Ellis Awards (Crime Writers of Canada) in the Juvenile Category for The  Night Wanderer
2008 Honourable mention in Foreward Magazine Book of the Year in Juvenile category for The Night Wanderer
2008 Gold Award Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Juvenile/Young Adult fiction category for The Night Wanderer
2008 First Americans in the Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literary Works for Me Funny
2007 Nominated for the Rand McNally Best Aboriginal Book of the Year and Best Children’s Book for The Night Wanderer
2006 Nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Best Play for In a World Created by a Drunken God
2000 British Columbia Millenium Award – One of the best books published in the Province of British Columbia for Furious Adventures of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway.  Only out of province author to be honoured.
1999 Second Place Award for Best Live Short Subject at the American Indian Film Institute Awards for “The Strange Case of Bunny Weequod”
1997 First Prize ($500) Native Playwrights Award from the University of Alaska, Anchorage for Pranks (now titled alterNatives)
1997 James Buller Award from the Centre for Indigenous Theatre for Best Playwright
1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (Small Theatre Division) for Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truth
1996 First prize ($500) Native Playwrights Award, sponsored by the University of Alaska, Anchorage for Baby Blues
1996 Nominated for the Chalmer’s Award for Best Play for Young Audiences for Girl Who Loved Her Horses
1992 Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Best Drama ($5,000) for The Bootlegger Blues
1992 First Prize ($10,000) Chalmer’s Award for Best Play for Young Audiences for Toronto At Dreamer’s Rock

Nice things people have said

“Drew Hayden Taylor is one of those dangerous writers who knows the potential of humour, and how far it can reach into society, how deep it can cut, how quickly it can heal.” – Thomas King

“Taylor never lets his characters indulge in speech making; self-reverential jokes, apologies and good manners always get in the way, much to the audience’s delight. And yet, the author never shirks form the difficult issues of culture, identity and acceptance that drive the play…” – Halifax Daily News

“Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining and all-Canadian form of social satire.” – Vancouver Sun

“Taylor has plenty of fun crashing conflicted figures into one another, and his way with a one-liner and sharp eye for absurdity keep the laughs coming.” – Boston Globe

“Playwright Drew Hayden Taylor has been referred to as ‘the Native American Neil Simon.’ It’s easy to see why…” Los Angeles Times “What makes Taylor’s play work so well is the way it carefully treads the line between reverence and self-depreciation, idealism and practicality… but there’s a serous message under the play’s jokey surface.” – Toronto Star

A Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages on the Awarding of the 2009 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards

OTTAWA, November 5, 2009 – Canada’s professional artists devote a lifetime to developing their expertise, refining their crafts, and promoting their art. Thanks to the energy and dedication of our creative sector, Canadians have access to a wide array of artistic and cultural works that reflect our diverse heritage. Our Government recognizes how hard artists work and how much they contribute to our society and our economy. We are pleased to provide support for them through the programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and many other federal organizations.

Each year the Canada Council for the Arts awards the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards to outstanding professional Canadian artists who are in mid-career. These awards pay tribute to outstanding work done in the areas of dance, integrated arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, writing and publishing-disciplines funded by the Council.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I want to congratulate this year’s award recipients-choreographer Tammy Forsythe; collaborative duo 2boys.tv, composed of Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard; filmmaker Jackson 2bears; saxophonist and composer Kirk MacDonald; playwright Drew Hayden Taylor; visual artist Adad Hannah; and author André Girard-and to thank them for their contribution to the vitality of Canadian arts and culture.