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Arts Matter 2013 

Rob Stewart

Videographer, Photographer Sharkwater


It is with great sadness and humility we respectfully acknowledge the loss of Rob Stewart. Arts Matter was honored to have had an evening with the revolutionary Photographer/ Videographer in the Chief Sepass Theatre.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rob Stewart started his journey to becoming an award-winning filmmaker at the age of 13 when he began photographing the underwater world. By the age of 18 he became a scuba instructor trainer and then moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, studying in Ontario, Jamaica and Kenya.

Before making Sharkwater (2007), Stewart spent four years traveling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines and as an award-winning freelance photojournalist. Leading expeditions to the most remote areas of the world, Stewart has logged thousands of hours underwater, using the latest in rebreather and camera technologies.

Rob Stewart died in January 2017 in a diving accident.


Arts Matter 2013 

Christopher Gaze     

Actor, Director, Producer


“Shakespeare surrounds us. If you say “It’s Greek to me” or you “refuse to budge an inch” or you’re “in a pickle,” you’re quoting Shakespeare. He’s alive and well.” - Christopher Gaze

Born in England, Gaze spent three seasons at Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake before moving to Vancouver, where he founded the Bard on the Beach, allowing Shakespearean actors to perform against a spectacular backdrop of the city’s skyline and mountains. He's nurtured this festival for more than 20 years to become one of the most successful not-for-profit arts organizations in North America.

The sophisticated Gaze also introduced the Young Shakespeareans acting program which provides an opportunity every summer for more than 250 young people to train with seasoned professionals.

A talented actor and director, in 2004 he won a Jessie Richardson Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Playhouse production of Equus. He also narrated the Emmy Award-winning animation series Madeline.