24 May 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto comedy podcast wins gold at international audio drama awards

Eli McIlveen, local web developer by day and writer/audio artist by night, has won the gold at the Mark Time Awards, one of the most prestigious awards for audio drama. This week, his half-hour, full-cast comedy series Alba Salix, Royal Physician was awarded the Gold Charles Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio Theater of the Year. Other categories at the Mark Time Awards honour science fiction, horror and mystery productions.

Alba Salix sets a hospital show in a fairy-tale world. The first six-episode season debuted online as a podcast in late 2014 and has received thousands of downloads to date. The show has been featured on The Sonic Society, a Halifax-based radio showcase that is the longest-running audio drama podcast in the world. More episodes are in the works.

Podcasting and audio drama are surging in popularity, driven by the spread of smartphones and on-demand listening in cars. Shows like Serial have moved podcasting into the mainstream, while audiobook giants like Audible have begun to commission dramatized productions of their own.

Writer/creator Eli and producer Sean Howard will be accepting the award at this year’s HEAR Now conference in Kansas City on June 12th.

About the Mark Time Awards

The most prominent awards worldwide for original radio drama, The Mark Time Awards were first presented in 1996, and expanded in 2015 with the addition of several new categories. Prizes have been awarded to producers from Ireland, Belgium, England, Canada, South Africa and the U.S. Notable recipients in recent years have included The Truth (a member of the popular Radiotopia podcast network) and Los Angeles-based zombie drama We’re Alive. Winners are selected by a panel of judges which includes members of the celebrated U.S. comedy troupe the Firesign Theatre, as well as other noteworthy figures in the field.

This year’s presentation takes place at the HEAR Now Festival, a four-day event showcasing contemporary audio storytelling, held in Kansas City, Missouri.

http://www.marktimeawards.org/
http://www.hearnowfestival.org/

About Alba Salix

Alba Salix, Royal Physician is a hospital show set in a fairy-tale world, and follows the adventures of a witch, her obnoxious young apprentice Magnus, and her free-spirited fairy assistant Holly. The first six-episode season debuted online as a podcast in late 2014 and has received thousands of downloads to date. The show has been featured on The Sonic Society, a Halifax-based radio showcase that is the longest-running audio drama podcast in the world.

The cast includes many regulars from the Toronto and area theatre scene, and includes Barbara Clifford, Julian Sark, Olivia Jon, George Bertwell, Marisa King, Carter Siddall, John Palmieri, Elaine O’Neal, Abbas Hussain, Jasmin Cheng and Tim Ciaschini.

The series can be heard as a podcast, or downloaded directly from the show’s website.

http://www.albasalix.com/

About Eli McIlveen

Alba’s writer and creator Eli McIlveen got his start providing sound effects for a short-lived audio drama series in high school, and went on to co-produce and write for a weekly comedy show at the University of Waterloo’s campus radio station, CKMS-FM. He has been a sound designer for numerous stage plays, primarily for Scarborough Players, one of the longest-serving community theatre troupes in Toronto. His work for the Players’ production of Michael Healey’s The Innocent Eye Test won the 2012 ACT-CO Award for Best Sound Design in a Comedy, and he was nominated for the same award in 2011 for their production of Shakespeare in Hollywood.

http://www.forgeryleague.com/

Audio

Listen to the winning episode below or download the high-quality MP3 version (67MB)

Episode the Fourth — “A Chance To Cure”
Synopsis: While Alba and her fairy assistant Holly race to cure a deadly outbreak of cranial swelling, apprentice Magnus receives a visit from the kingdom’s most feared outlaw. (Running time: 28:00)

Images

Alba Salix logo* (316kB)

Alba Salix logo* (316kB)

Eli McIlveen, writer and creator of Alba Salix, Royal Physician. Photo by Sean Howard. (7.8MB)

Eli McIlveen, writer and creator of Alba Salix, Royal Physician. Photo by Sean Howard. (7.8MB)

* Incorporates portions of illustration n330_w1150 from Herrn de la Cepede's Naturgeschichte der Amphibien, oder der enerlegenden vierfussigen Thiere und der Schlangen, made available by the Biodiversity Heritage Library under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Press Inquiries

Eli McIlveen
eli@4ge.ca / 416-908-5855