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And the timing wasn’t lost on the female troupe.
As soon as the show’s Carolyn Taylor stepped on stage to accept best variety or sketch comedy program or series — the night’s final prize — she blurted out “What an International Women’s Day. This is wild.”
The comedy, which starts its second season this year, also took home prizes for writing and picture editing. The troupe’s Aurora Browne told CBC News she was delighted about the response the show has gotten.
Fellow CBC comedy Kim’s Convenience also nabbed multiple awards, including best performance by an actor in a featured supporting role or guest role in a comedic series, which went to Andrew Phung. Post-win, he said he wanted to go cry in a corner.
“I didn’t think this would ever happen in life … I have a degree in economics and I quit like a legit job to pursue a career in the arts in Alberta and it blows my mind that these things happen,” he said.
Wednesday’s gala was the second in the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s week-long CSA celebrations. The evening, hosted by comedian Seán Cullen, recognized creative fiction content, in the drama, children’s and youth, comedy and variety categories.
Cullen wasn’t always politically correct, with jokes about deceased former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, as well as the performers in the room, whom he referred to as the “who’s that?” of Canadian celebrities.
And while there were plenty of fresh faces, some Canadian industry veterans picked up trophies too.
Wendy Crewson, known for her roles in Saving Hope and the Santa Clause franchise, won best performance by an actress in a featured supporting role in a dramatic program or series for her role in Superchannel’s Slasher.
“I’m stunned and shocked. I honestly did not think I was going to win,” she said, where she feted the Canadian film industry. “I think we’re the brand of this country and it doesn’t always get recognized at home but it sure gets recognized abroad.”
“This is what I have in my living room.” @rickmercer on the gold carpet at the #CdnScreenAwards. #cbcent pic.twitter.com/5T3RYO62aE
Space’s sci-fi thriller Orphan Black took home the night’s most trophies — seven — celebrating acting, writing photography, editing, production design, direction and music achievements. Other notable winners included:
Two nights of the CSAs remain: Thursday’s gala celebrates digital storytelling while Sunday is the flagship Howie Mandel-hosted awards show, which will be broadcast live on CBC-TV.