3rd Canadian Screen Awards Winners

CanadianSCreenAwards2015-03-01 19.54.52On Sunday night, the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards were presented at the Four Seasons for the Performing Arts in Toronto.  The awards gala telecast was hosted by Canadian comedy legend Andrea Martin.
Since 2013 the Canadian Academy of Film and Television has merged the awards formerly presented in the individual Gemini and Genie Awards and added Digital Media to be recognized in the newly formed Canadian Screen Awards.  With nearly 100 awards to be presented, the last week has seen a number of awards presented in a series of galas during Canadian Screen Week in Toronto culminating in the 2 hour CBC telecast.
The movie Mommy lead the film division with 13 nominations and Orphan Black lead television also with 13 nods.
At the end of the night, Mommy walked away with 9 “Screenies” from the week’s galas including Best Picture and Orphan Black took away 10. The film Pompeii was also a big winner with 5 awards.

Some of the major categories went to:

Motion Picture: Mommy
Direction: Xavier Dolan for Mommy
Actor in a Leading Role: Antoine Olivier Pilon in Mommy
Actress in a Leading Role: Anne Dorval in Mommy
Actor in a Supporting Role: John Cusak in Maps To The Stars
Actress in a Supporting Role: Suzanne Clément in Mommy
Original Screenplay: Xavier Dolan for Mommy
Adapted Screenplay:  Nicholas Billon for Elephant Song
Feature Length Documentary: Super Duper Alice Cooper
Achievement in Music-Original Score: Howard Shore for Maps to the Stars
Achievement in Music-Original Song:  Manjeet Ral for “Dal Makhani” from Dr Cabbie
Claude Jutra Award (first time director): Jeffrey St Jules for Bang Bang Baby
Golden Reel Award (biggest box-office): Pompeii

Drama Series: Orphan Black
Comedy Series: Call Me Fitz
Lifestyle Program or Series: Income Property
Reality/Competition Program or Series: Amazing Race Canada
Lead Actor, Drama: Jared Keeso in 19-2
Lead Actress, Drama: Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
Lead Actor, Comedy: Don McKellar in Sensitive Skin
Lead Actress, Comedy: Joanna Cassidy in Call Me Fitz
Supporting Actor, Drama: Jordan Gavaris in Orphan Black
Supporting Actress, Drama: Ali Liebert in Bomb Girls
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Jonathan Torres in Mr D
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Lauren Ash in Spun Out
National Newscast:  Global National
National News Anchor: Lisa LaFlamme for CTV National News
News Information Series: The Fifth Estate

Original Program or Series, Fiction: Space Riders: Division Earth
Original Program or Series, Non-Fiction: A Short History of Highrises (NFB/NY Times)
Cross-Platform Project, Fiction: Played:Interference
Cross- Platform Project, Non-Fiction: Big Brother Canada Interactive
Cross-Platform Project, Children’s: Grojband: The Show Must Go On
Performance in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media: Surpinder Wraich for Guidestones: Sunflower Noir

For the full winners list visit academy.ca

Friday Find: Kevin Murphy Thick Again

thcikagainThink you’re stuck with flat hair? Think again with Kevin Murphy Thick Again. 

The leave-in thickening treatment is fortified with Citrus Flavonoids, Ginger Root Nettle and Parsley extracts for a great smelling, effective hair product.  In spite of what the label says, you don’t need to have thinning hair to use Thick Again. The Oleanic acid rich product is designed to strengthen and enrich your hair from root to tip with the goal to prevent thinning hair and stimulate growth.  As a leave-in product, it fills your hair with volume, especially if used with a blow dryer. It has almost enough hold I was able to go nearly the whole day without any other styling product, perfect for a casual high volume style.  Thick Again is the men’s formula, but I’m sure that the women’s Body Mass works just as well with a more female friendly fragrance profile.

I purchased the 100ml Kevin Murphy Thick Again at KORE Salon for $44, with just a couple of pumps of the spray enough to do the job, I expect the bottle to last a while.

Hold: 3.5/5
Scent: 4/5
Simplicity: 4/5
Efficacy: too early to tell but positive so far

New – Barn Burner BBQ Competition

BarnBurnerBBQMuch to the chagrin of Eastern Canadians, us West Coasters are firmly in the spring mindset. With the arrival of good weather, many cooks turn to the grill for dining inspiration.

Barbecue enthusiasts can mark their calendars for the newest addition to the grilling competition. March 22nd is the debut of the Barn Burner Barbecue Competition at the Farm Store in Chilliwack, presented by Johnston’s Pork & Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry.

“This event will unite BBQ enthusiasts from all across North America who join the quest for ultimate finger-licking barbeque,” says competition organizer Angie Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned and the host of the decade-old annual BBQ Off The Bypass competition. “There is no doubt in my mind,” she continues, “that the first Canadian Barn Burner championship will be a smoking hot event and one to remember.”

The Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event will see grillers competing in four main categories; Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken and Ribs. The team with the highest score in all 4 categories will get to take home the Barn Burner BBQ Grand Champion trophy and $5000 cash.

So if you’re one of the 22 grilling teams,  gather your supplies and test your recipes for the competition, if you’re a spectator prepare to witness some great barbecue at the Barn Burner Barbecue Competition March 22nd.  


Arkells kick off 2015 Canadian Tour

Arkells_IMG_5580Hamilton, Ontario’s Arkells kicked off their latest cross-Canada tour this weekend with sold out shows in Vancouver and Victoria.  Starting off the tour at the Commodore Ballroom, the band had the audience putting the famed sprung dance floor to work bouncing to the quintets pop infused rock.

Touring in support of their 2014 release, High Noon, Max Kerman, Mike DeAngelis, Nick Dika, Tim Oxford & Anthony Carone kept the energy sky high from the first note of their set.  The mostly college-age crowd had clearly been waiting for the moment to release their boundless energy.  Even when not prompted by lead singer, Kerman, most of the fans were enthusiastically singing along creating an infectious atmosphere for the Canadian band.

Lead Singer Max Kerman
Lead Singer Max Kerman

Find the Arkells on the road through the end of March or on Twitter & Instagram @ArkellsMusic

Picks of the Week – February 25, 2015

As we come to the end of February, we find some entertaining picks of the week to lead us into March;

portsidepubBeer: Hit up the Portside Pub tomorrow night for Meat, Beer and Cheese Night Vol 2, presented by Benton Brothers, Cheese Mongers, Parallel 49 & D Original Sausage Company, $20 gets a flight of 4 beer plus meat and cheese samples.

Sing: Irish singer-songwriter John Vincent Morrow plays the Vogue Theatre Thursday night.

Fest: The Talking Stick Festival continues at various location around the City until Sunday.

Dance: Now that Jane Smokr has been crowned Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar, Liberace Thursdays at Celebrities returns to previously scheduled fun and entertainment.

Band: Join fan favourite, The Sam Roberts Band for two nights at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday evening.

Retro: #HDFriday starts of with Gingerbear Todd playing the retro video you love on Flashback Fridays from 9-11pm

Tight: Head up to #HDFridays for BootyBox Tight & White Party with DJ Jay Douglas and host Alma Bitches Friday from 11pm

Stage: The Cultch historic theatre welcomes Cadre, a new work presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd with the Market Theatre of Johannesburg

Gigs: Acclaimed Canadian bands Stars and Hey Rossetta! play a pair of shows at Vogue Theatre on Friday and Saturday night.

Arts: Chutzpah Festival brings dance, theatre, music and comedy to venues throughout Vancouver until March 15.

Upstairs: Monroe: Saturdays at Heaven’s Door has no cover all night for your evening’s fun.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks return from the road to host the St Louis Blues at Rogers Arena on Sunday night.


Pink Shirt Day 2015

PinkShirtDay2015Now in it’s 8th year, Pink Shirt Day has grown year after year from its grass roots Nova Scotia beginnings to become the national anti-bullying phenomenon it is today. February 25, is Pink Shirt Day 2015 and your chance to show your support for the anti-bullying campaign.

Locally the CKNW Orphan’s Fund Pink Shirt Day raised $200,000 in the 2014 campaign with proceeds supporting the anti-bullying efforts of; Boys & Girls Clubs, Canadian Red Cross of BC, Kids Help Phone, Kidsafe Project Society, Leave Out Violence Society (LOVE BC), & YWCA Metro Vancouver.  This year’s campaign should push the total local earnings of Pink Shirt Day over $1million.

A new focus this year is online bullying, with a goal to turn the internet to a positive place. To help, every time someone uses the hashtag #PinkItForward and Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 to Pink Shirt Day. Visit pinkshirtday.ca to find out other merchants who are donating partial proceeds to Pink Shirt Day

Play your part by buying a Pink Shirt Day 2015 shirt at London Drugs to show you’re against bullying, and then help #PinkItForward online.

Rugby Sevens is coming to Vancouver

Gareth Rees & Men’s Squad at Robson Square
Magali Harvey arrives to pass the ball to waiting Men’s Squad

Monday afternoon, Gareth Rees, Canada’s most decorated rugby player and co-chair of the Canada Sevens Bid Committee made the announcement that The World Rugby Sevens Series is coming to Vancouver in March 2016.   The Vancouver event joins the already announced World Rugby Women’s Rugby Sevens Series Tournament to be held this April in Langford/Victoria BC.  To celebrate the two events, Rugby Canada embarked on a Try Relay, starting at the Provincial Legislature, the Women’s Squad, lead by World Rugby’s Player of the Year Magli Harvey, ran the ball through Victoria to Helijet to board a flight to Vancouver where she handed the ball to the Men’s squad who ran through the streets of Vancouver to Robson Square for the announcement.

Fans run with Men’s Players to Robson Square

Held over two-days in March 2016 in BC Place, the Canada Sevens will feature the world’s top 16 countries as they compete in the global HSBC Sevens World Series.   Twenty nations were bidding for inclusion in the global Sevens Series, in succeeding Canada joins the list of prestigious tournaments held in; Hong Kong, Dubai, Australia, England, Scotland and United States.

With Rugby returning to the Olympic Games in 2016, the Sevens Series will serve as the qualifying tournament and will put the spot Last season, Canada’s men’s team placed in 6th place and the women were 3rd in their series.

World Rugby Women’s Seven Series takes place in Langford, BC April 18 – 19, 2015. Tickets are on sale now.
Canada Sevens Men’s Tournament will take place March 2016, exact dates to be determined.

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