Gala 2 of the Canadian Screen Awards celebrates old friends and new

Continuing the nation’s celebration of homegrown talent, night two of the Canadian Screen Awards was filled with excitement. And, with more than 45 awards presented in the categories of drama, comedy, variety, children’s, and performing arts, it’s no wonder!

The stars were out in spades, and an air of kinship among Canada’s finest meant attendees were ready to celebrate friends old and new.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the celebration,” said Enuka Okuma, best known for her roles on Rookie Blue and Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. “I think Canada is getting really good at roaring loudly about who we are and what we do, and we’re making a presence all over the world."

Left to Right: Amanda Brugel, Steve Patterson and Katie Boland. Photo: © Getty: Left

“It’s really cool for Canadian talent to get together. It’s like hanging out with a bunch of friends,” added Natalie Lisinska, who took home the prize for Best Performance in a Guest Role for her turn on Orphan Black.

Continuum actress and nominee Luvia Peterson reflected on her proudest acting moment on the show. “There was an ad-lib at the end of season one. I’m tying up the lead of the show and as I'm tying him up I ended up looking at Erik Knudsen and asking him, ‘Do you think I’m pretty?’ and this ended up turning into a whole season two plotline for the character!”

The stars also got candid about what they’d be doing if they weren’t on-screen. With her charity, Brugs Army, geared towards helping the lives of women and children, it’s safe to say that Seed’s Amanda Brugel would’ve likely turned to fundraising.

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Whereas Benjamin Ayres of Saving Hope tells HELLO! Canada that he’d probably be in a rock band! “A really successful one! Even if I was just playing the tambourine or triangle in Radiohead, that would be enough! I play guitar, but I only sing lullabies to my daughter. Raffi songs. I’m good at Raffi!”

When asked about the first award she’d ever won, Tracy Dawson, nominated for her lead role on Call Me Fitz, imparted some words of wisdom: “I kind of want to just be an adventurer. People should really get out. They should leave where they're from all the time!”

The festivities will continue on Sunday, Mar. 9, when the show is broadcast live on CBC.

For a full list of nominees and winners, visit: www.academy.ca/news/

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