2017 Award Winners

William Leathers
Age 16

William Leathers, a pianist and a trumpeter, has an impressive list of achievements in the musical arts, starting from when he won the Peel Music festival at the grade 3 level when he was only 5 years old. He was the youngest trumpeter accepted into the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra. This June, William will graduate from high school (two years early!) and he plans to pursue his BA, Masters, and then his PhD in Music.

Pernia Jamshed
Age 18

Pernia Jamshed has been dedicated to the arts since her family immigrated to Canada 4 years ago. She has won municipal, regional and national awards, including The Mississauga Youth Film Festival, Peel Skills Competition and the Canada Remembrance Day Art Competition. In addition to creating art, Pernia is involved in fundraising, council leadership and awareness campaigns at Port Credit Secondary School. She has been accepted to arts programs at both Ryerson and York for September.

Alessia Cohle
Age 23

Alessia Cohle, is a country singer-songwriter. She earned a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music at the Valencia Campus in Spain. Her debut album Talk To Me, was released in November 2016. Cohle’s busy performance schedule includes upcoming shows in her hometown, Mississauga, before she starts a cross-Canada tour this fall.

Abhishek Iyer
Age 24

Abhishek Iyer (ABshek) is a singer, songwriter, and music producer. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Finance and Management, and is currently enrolled at Metalworks Institute as a vocal major. To support his studies, he received a Slaight Family Scholarship, a full-tuition award given to one Canadian student at Metalworks Institute. In addition to performing and competing locally, Abhishek was the winner of Astro International Superstar, a Malaysian televised worldwide singing competition, and has performed extensively in Asia. He’s also been featured on the soundtracks of several Indian films.

The 2017 awards jurors were:
  • Mary Ann Fratia, Course Director in the Faculty of Education at York University and former Arts Coordinator for the Peel District School Board
  • Ryan Tobin, Assistant General Manager, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
  • Anna Yin, poet and former Poet Laureate for the City of Mississauga