Remembering Norman Armour

Norman Armour was a passionate and visionary leader who shaped the arts community in Vancouver building connections between artists, presenters and arts organizations worldwide. The Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society was incredibly fortunate to work with him over the past 10 years.

Norman, as the Artistic & Executive Director of  the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival  co-presented performances for young audiences with the VICFS. He also supported our Artistic & Executive Director as a mentor and friend by guiding many of our strategic processes with his thoughtful questions, wit and deep artistic knowledge to ensure the processes supported the artistic work. Norman’s passion for the arts was unrivalled and he truly believed in the transformative power of the arts, to not only enhance our lives, but to change them. It was this passion that made a partnership that presented outstanding work for young audiences a perfect fit. 

Norman’s accomplished career saw him acting, directing and curating. He was the co-founder of Rumble, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Post, 750. He received many accolades and awards including 37 Jessie Richardson Award nominations, the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, the City of Vancouver Civic Merit Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from SFU. Norman’s zest for life was built on the relationships he carefully nurtured. It was the care he took in his relationships that were one of the cornerstones to his career success. 

Norman’s death has left us bereft but we know we were fortunate to have  Norman in our corner, and as we learn how to say goodbye we send love and condolences to all who loved him. 

Katharine Carol
Artistic & Executive Director