The Town of Huntsville has announced the winner of “The Bill” Award 2016 is Jamie Bestwick.
The Bill, presented by Deputy-Mayor Karin Terziano at Council on August 28, 2017 is awarded to a local performing artist based on the applicant’s work submitted. The award is open to individuals. Applicants can be any age, at any stage of their career, working in any genre, provided they have a local address.
The Bill was created to honour the memory of entertainment visionary and hospitality ambassador Maurice Willard “Bill” Waterhouse, 1935-2015, long-time owner and operator of Deerhurst Resort. Bill was an avid supporter of live entertainment. One of his most notable ventures was an end-of-summer concert for teens held at Hidden Valley Ski Hill on August 26, 1967 by “The Yardbirds”. Bill brought The Second City Touring Company to Deerhurst’s Four Winds Disco starting in 1979. Finally, Bill produced Deerhurst’s live stage shows which ran from July 4, 1980 to March 19, 2016.
The Bill 2016 recipient Jamie Bestwick said “Since graduating I’ve had the opportunity to study and perform all across North America in more than forty Broadway musical productions, with successful rock and jazz bands and in CTV’s Canadian Idol band. As wonderful as all of these experiences have been, it is my greatest pleasure to return home to Huntsville and share those experiences with family, friends, colleagues, and supporters who’ve been by my side every step of the way. Ironically, I have another connection to the Waterhouse family through Bill’s son, Jeremy. Few people know that if he hadn’t decided to forgo the September 1996 HHS grade 10 band class, I would’ve never had an occasion to pick up the bass guitar.”
Huntsville enjoys a rich history of musicians and performing artists. Deputy Mayor Karin Terziano, the descendent of a notable local musical family herself, said, “It’s important to recognize and appreciate excellence in the performing arts at the local level, especially as more and more content becomes digital. Nothing beats real live entertainment.”
The Bill Award is decided via an application process and jury. The 2016 jury was composed of Jennifer Johns-Main, Carol Gibson, Ian McTavish and Louis Tusz. The inaugural award was judged based on the applicants 2016 work submitted. The Bill Award comes with a $500 cash prize. 2016 Award applicants are encouraged to reapply in future years.
(Photo of Jamie Bestwick by Wilf McQuinn via Bestwick’s FB Page)