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Corner Gas, Paw Patrol and Bit Playas win during Night 2 of the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards

Corner Gas Animated and star Lorne Cardinal, PAW Patrol, Bit Playas and Canada’s a Drag were among those who captured trophies during Night 2 of 2021 Canadian Screen Awards Virtual Presentations.

Tuesday’s online ceremony celebrated Children’s and Animation Programming, narrated by voice actor Eric Bauza, and the Digital and Immersive categories, narrated by dancer Donté Colley.

Here are the winners in Tuesday’s key categories:

Best Performance, Animation
Lorne Cardinal, Corner Gas Animated

Best Animated Short
Hot Flash

Best Animated Program or Series
Corner Gas Animated

Best Performance, Children’s or Youth
Saara Chaudry, Dino Dana

Best Pre-School Program or Series
PAW Patrol

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
Odd Squad Mobile Unit

Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series
Our Kids, Their Questions: A Your Morning Coronavirus Special

Best Supporting Performance, Web Program or Series
Tricia Black, Band Ladies

Best Lead Performance, Web Program or Series
Jayne Eastwood, Hey Lady!

Best Host, Web Program or Series
Andrew Phung, The 2019 Canadian Improv Games with Andrew Phung

Best Immersive Experience
The Book of Distance

Best Video Game
We Happy Few: We All Fall Down

Best Web Program or Series, Fiction
Bit Playas

Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction
Canada’s a Drag

For the complete list of winners, visit the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television website.


TVO continues the dinosaur trend with the wonderful Dino Dana

First, there was Dino Dan. Then Trek’s Adventures. Now, TVO has got a new dinosaur-themed kid’s series in Dino Dana. Debuting with two episodes on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET before moving to its regular timeslot on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dino Dana is from Sinking Ship, the same folks who have partnered with TVO for Annedroids, Dino Dan and Odd Squad.

Where Trek’s Adventures picked up with Dan’s younger brother, who can also see, learn and educate about the ancient beasts, nine-year-old Dana heads off on 16 new adventures. Wednesday’s premiere storyline, directed by creator J. J. Johnson, is “Dino Field Guides,” and sets up the rest of the series. A chance encounter at the library causes Dana (Michela Luci) to begin her adventure; she runs into Trek Henderson (Trek Buccino) who presents her with his and Dan’s field guide. Turns out there are still experiments that need finishing and Trek invites Dana to have at them as the newest palaeontologist in training. Of course, once the fabled guide is in her possession, Dana can see and interact with dinosaurs all around her—beginning with her favourite, the Troodon—and the journey kick-starts in earnest.

Michela Luci is great as Dana, an enthusiastic girl with a voracious appetite for anything dino-related. And Dana’s knapsack is to die for: a carry-all that can transform to look like any dinosaur Dana desires. Saara Chaudry is the perfect foil, playing Dana’s eye-rolling, mp3 consuming older sister Saara who is often drawn into her sibling’s undertakings. Nicola Correla-Damude plays mom while Amish Patel is dad on Dino Dana.

The stunning CGI we’ve come to expect from Dino Dan is in full effect here, offering plenty of education in an entertaining package.

Dino Dana debuts Wednesday, May 24, at 5 p.m. ET before moving to its regular timeslot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on TVO.

Image courtesy of TVO.