The Stars Come Out for the 2019 CSAs
(March 1, 2019 – Toronto,ON) On the first day of March the Canadian Screen Awards gala broadcast still seems a long way off. It is, after all, airing on the last day of the month. However, the hoopla has begun and the PR barrage has started and it’s all very exciting news.
Much like the U.S. Academy Awards®, the Canadian Academy of Film and Television decided to go hostless in 2019. In the place of a single spotlight, there will be a wealth of Canadian talent onstage to welcome winners and hand over 18 of the coveted Canadian Screen Awards during the Broadcast Gala.
Presenters include Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Sliders, Stand by Me); Jennifer Whalen, Aurora Browne, Meredith MacNeill, and Carolyn Taylor (Baroness von Sketch Show); Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang, Simu Liu, Andrew Phung, and Nicole Power (Kim’s Convenience), Catherine Reitman, cast members from Schitt’s Creek, and singer-songwriter Jann Arden. Actor Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Travelers) will present the Academy Icon Award to The Kids in the Hall, while Jonny Harris and Susan Kent will present a Special Award to Mary Walsh (2019 Earle Grey Award). Past Canadian Screen Award-winner Stephan James, who was nominated earlier this year for a Golden Globe for his work in the series Homecoming opposite Julia Roberts will be in attendance to accept the first ever Radius Award. Deepa Mehta will also be honoured with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Other confirmed presenters on the show will include Kim Coates, Jennifer Podemski, Tamara Podemski, Sarah Podemski and Steph Song.
The Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award winner will be revealed during the live broadcast by Carmila stars Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis.
But the Broadcast Gala is the Big Finish. It’s the Cheery On Top. There are 6 days of events leading up to the final day and the Broadcast Gala. It’s called Canadian Screen Week and if you’re a fan of Canadian film and television, there’s something for you to do and see. There’s more information and details online.
The 2019 Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala will air live from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on CBC and on the free CBC Gem streaming service on Sunday, March 31 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).