Everything about Awards, eh?

Tonight: Juno Awards, Heartland, Motive

2015 Juno Awards, CTV
From Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre, The 2015 Juno Awards celebrates the best in Canadian music, honouring the artistic and technical achievements of artists and bands nationwide. Hosted by Jacob Hoggard, lead singer of the JUNO Award-winning band Hedley and featuring performances by 2015 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee Alanis Morissette, Arkells, deadmau5, Hedley, Kiesza, Lights, MAGIC!, Sam Roberts Band, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd.

Heartland, CBC – “Faking It”
The family strives to support a devastated Georgie when Lou and Peter are forced to tell her distressing news.

Motive, CTV – “Calling The Shots”
Detectives Brian Lucas (Brendan Penny), Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman), and Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira) investigate the homicide of a high-end call girl, and their shocking discovery about the victim’s double life complicates the investigation. Meanwhile, Angie adjusts to playing a supporting role to Lucas, who is the primary investigator, and finds herself distracted when new details of the Montgomery case emerge. Ally Sheedy guest stars.

Link: First Golden Maple Awards Set for July 1

From Variety staff:

First Golden Maple Awards Set for July 1
The Academy of Canadians in Sports & Entertainment – Los Angeles is accepting submissions for the first Golden Maple Awards, which promote and honor Canadian TV talent and athletes in the U.S.

Submission period is March 8-31, with a committee to review the contenders and announce nominees April 28. Voting closes June 23, with awards to be presented on Canada Day, July 1, at a location to be announced.

Categories include best Canadian actor, actress and newcomer, in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. The org has timed the awards to boost Canadian talent visibility during Emmy season.

The Golden Maple committee will release a list of honorees separately. Members of ACISE-LA will vote on the final ballot.

Submissions can be sent by the U.S. network, talent rep, publicist or self to ACISE-LA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Comments and queries for the week of March 6

Readers headed online to comment about several things this week, including the Canadian Screen Awards and what we can do to fix them, and what Canadian literature should be the next project the CBC adapts for the small screen.

I think the awards should be pushed off a month or two so the actors can show up on the red carpet without winter coats. And is Orphan Black produced by BBC America? If thats true then I don’t feel its truly Canadian.—Tom

I was disappointed two years ago when they amalgamated the two awards. I personally think TV should have their own night as well as film. I do love Canadian Screen Week and the opportunity for fans to meet their favourite stars. I would hate for this industry to become Hollywoodized. We have our own culture but we are still very much in infancy and are still finding our way or “voice.” We do need much more support to get our films “out there and seen.” —Nancy


So many wonderful suggestions have been made already.

My suggestions are:

* Any of Miriam Toews’ novels would make great adaptations – in particular, I would love to see All My Puny SorrowsA Complicated Kindness, or A Boy of good Breeding.

* Elizabeth Hay’s Late Nights on Air could be wonderful!

Annabel, by Kathleen Winter – wonderful story, amazing settings.

Galore, by Michael Crummey. I love this novel so much and it could be a brilliant TV series. —Jennifer

COPPERMINE by Keith Ross Leckie. A must. And a true story. And written by a screenwriter.—SW

I’d love to see The Orenda – history and gripping story.—Steve


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Do the Canadian Screen Awards need fixing?

In a word, yes. Although we’re happy that the Canadian television and film industry are celebrated by a week of glitzy events, fan zones and a televised award ceremony, the Canadian Screen Awards are far from perfect.

As Diane, Anthony and I discussed on this week’s podcast, the decision to tape delay Sunday’s broadcast of the big categories is silly and antiquated in the world of social media. We weren’t alone in that belief, or the suggestion that some award categories be trimmed down so that the Screens don’t become, as TV critic Bill Brioux called them, the Needies.

So, how do we fix the Canadian Screen Awards? Will a live broadcast do it? What if we added a red carpet ceremony that was televised in the hour leading up to broadcast? Every award show in the U.S. does it, so why not us? Should the CSAs be moved to another time of year, or at least a couple of weeks away from the Oscars, so as not to send people into awards show overload? Do we go back to having an awards show solely devoted to Canadian TV?

Let’s put on our thinking caps and solve the problem! Send us your suggestions in the Comments section below.

Call Me Fitz and Orphan Black take home top Canadian Screen Award TV titles

Cancelled comedy Call Me Fitz and cult hit Orphan Black were the big winners in the television categories at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday night.

“It’s an honour to make great Canadian TV for the world from our own backyard,” Orphan Black co-showrunner Graeme Manson said from Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts stage after claiming the trophy. Orphan Black lead Tatiana Maslany took home the title for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.

19-2‘s Jared Keeso took home the hardware for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.

Cancelled Movie Network/Movie Central sitcom Call Me Fitz took home two awards for Best Comedy Series; co-star Joanna Cassidy won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role.

Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy had a bittersweet goodbye earlier in the night with a win for Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV movie; star Jodi Balfour captured Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.

Lost Girl was given the Fan’s Choice Award.

Here’s a list of the television winners (Bold text indicates the winner of each category.)

Best Dramatic Series
Orphan Black

Best Comedy Series
Call Me Fitz
Mr. D
Spun Out
Tiny Plastic Men

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada
Big Brother Canada
MasterChef Canada
The Ultimate Fighter Nations – Canada vs. Australia
Unusually Thicke

Best International Drama
The Great Martian War

Best Variety of Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Rick Mercer Report
Funny as Hell
Seth Rogen: Hilarity for Charity
This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Gerry Dee, Mr. D
Adam Korson, Seed
Don McKellar, Sensitive Skin
Dave Foley, Spun Out
Mark Meer, Tiny Plastic Men

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Joanna Cassidy, Call Me Fitz
Julia Voth, Package Deal
Carrie-Lynn Neales, Seed
Kacey Rohl, Working the Engels
Andrea Martin, Working the Engels

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Adam Beach, Arctic Air
David Sutcliffe, Cracked
Jared Keeso, 19-2
Michael McLeod, Forgive Me
Dillon Casey, Remedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Meaghan Rath, Being Human
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Megan Follows, Reign
Jennie Raymond, Sex & Violence
Jackie Torrens, Sex & Violence

What did you think of the Canadian Screen Awards? Did your favourite take home a trophy? Comment below or via @tv_eh.