Night 1 at the Canadian Screen Awards fêtes news, sportscasting and reality TV

By: Nicole Carrington

Despite the sub-zero temperatures outside, the Canadian Screen Awards gala was buzzing with excitement as it kicked off its third year on Tuesday night (Feb. 24) Heralding the film and television industry’s brightest stars, the glamorous event – a melding of the historic Gemini and Genie Awards – took over Downtown Toronto’s Sheraton Centre.

The broadcast began with quips from the event’s enthusiastic host comedian Darrin Rose, who laughingly informed the night’s guests of what to expect from the evening. “We’re going to be here forever. Seriously, this is going to take so long. Call your babysitters,” he warned. Grammy-winner Thelma Houston quickly had the crowd dancing in their seats as she sang a rousing rendition of her 1970’s hit, “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”

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Soon, the ceremony itself was underway and the crowd (metaphorically) stood at attention while the fervor and momentum of the evening grew. Presenters including SportsNet’s Hazel Mae, MasterChef Canada’s Alvin Leung and eTalk’s Danielle Graham took the stage to honour the very best in digital media, sports and reality TV.

Winner Chris Irwin – who took home the prize for Best Live Sports Event – told a story of renting televisions to watch the Olympic games as a child, and sweetly dedicated his award for producing the 2014 Sochi Winter Games to his parents in a true full-circle moment.

One of Hello! Canada’s most beautiful stars, HGTV’s Scott McGillivray, also proudly accepted his award for Best Lifestyle or Talk Program alongside Jennifer Dick, Jenna Keane and Kit Redmond. The Income Property star quickly expressed his excitement on his personal blog, writing, “Big night last night! This is the second time Income Property won the coveted award and I couldn’t be prouder of the entire team.”

Night two of the weeklong celebration continues on Wednesday Feb 25.! Check back tomorrow for an update on the evening’s big winners in acting and television production!

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