15th Annual ACTRA Awards @ The Carlu, Toronto (Sat. Feb 25, 2017)

Photos by AJ Lam.

ACTRA Toronto presented the winners of the 15th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto,  which took place with a live show and gala at The Carlu on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The winners were selected from among the nominees for the outstanding performance awards as determined by a jury of ACTRA Toronto performers.

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Voice:
Lilly Bartlam (Dot) Dot., “Bring the Thunder” (Industrial Brothers)
Linda Kash (Gina Falcone) Fugget About It, “Vagina’s Got Talent” (9 Story Media Group)
Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring (Various) This is That, Episode 406 (CBC)
Bryn McAuley (Suzi) Camp Lakebottom, “Ice Queen” (9 Story Media Group)
Scott McCord (Rudolph Mintenberg) Atomic Puppet, “AP vs Disastro II” (Mercury Filmworks)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:
Brenda Bazinet (Judge Susan Reeves) Shoot the Messenger, “Careful What You Pray For” (Hungry Eyes Film & Television)
Grace Lynn Kung (Pam Naardlinger) The Death (and Life) of Carl Naardlinger (Cinéman Films)
Tatiana Maslany (Lucy) Two Lovers and a Bear (Max Films Productions)
Kari Matchett (Sandra) Maudie (Small Shack Productions Inc., Painted House Films, Parallel Films)
Jean Yoon (Umma) Kim’s Convenience, “Gay Discount” (Thunderbird Films)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male:
Simu Liu (Paul Xie) Blood and Water, Episode 1.8 (Breakthrough Entertainment)
Joey Klein (Bobby) We’re Still Together (Achromatic Media)
Eric Osborne (Miles Hollingsworth) Degrassi: Next Class, “#YesMeansYes” (DHX Media)
Gord Rand (Det. Duko) Orphan Black, “The Redesign of Natural Objects” (Temple Street Productions)
Paul Soles (Joe) My 90-Year-Old Roommate (LoCo Motion Pictures)

This year, ACTRA Toronto is excited to announce a new Series Ensemble Award. Nominees for this non-juried, “Members’ Choice” award, are determined by ACTRA Toronto members online votes. The nominated shows are:
Baroness Von Sketch Show
Kim’s Convenience
Murdoch Mysteries
Orphan Black
Schitt’s Creek

Yannick Bisson was presented with ACTRA Toronto’s 2017 Award of Excellence, while the ACTRA Toronto Stunt Award was awarded posthumously to Joel Harris.  His widow, stunt performer Alicia Turner, accepted the award on his behalf.

The show was hosted by Aurora Browne, Carolyn Taylor and Jennifer Whalen of the Baroness Von Sketch troupe.
ACTRA Toronto is proud to announce the winners of its 15th Annual ACTRA Awards.

Outstanding Performance – Female
Jean Yoon (Umma) Kim’s Convenience, “Gay Discount” (Thunderbird Films)

Outstanding Performance – Male
Joey Klein (Bobby) We’re Still Together (Achromatic Media)

Outstanding Performance – Voice
Linda Kash (Gina Falcone) Fugget About It, “Vagina’s Got Talent” (9 Story Media Group)

The members’ choice Series Ensemble Award went to Kim’s Convenience.

The newly-elected President of ACTRA Toronto Theresa Tova said, “Canada has been reflected by ACTRA’s professional performers for fully half of Canada’s 150-year history. Linda Kash, Joey Klein, Jean Yoon, Yannick Bisson, Joel Harris and Kim’s Convenience, and all the nominees, personify the extraordinary talent of our professional acting community.”


The event this year was themed to honour Canada’s 150th birthday. Live music was performed by The Wintergarten Orchestra, an 11-piece ensemble specializing in pre-swing jazz classics, featuring ACTRA Toronto actor and singer Ted Atherton.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

ACTRA Toronto greatly appreciates the support of its sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor: Actra Fraternal Benefit Society; ACTRA National, PRS & RACS. Platinum Sponsors: Bell Media. Gold Sponsors: CBC, Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), Deluxe, IATSE 873, Rhombus Media, Shaftesbury, United Steelworkers.
Silver Sponsors: Cavalluzzo, Directors Guild of Canada (Ontario), RBC.
Post-Show Reception Sponsor: eOne.
Bronze Sponsors: Addenda Capital, Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union, Don Carmody Productions, Entertainment Partners Canada Inc. and Canada Film Capital, Frantic Films, Grant Thornton, HUB International, New Real Films, Serendipity Point Films, Take 5 Productions, Universal Promotions, Writers Guild of Canada.


Many thanks to Jennifer Perras from RED EYE MEDIA.

For photos and more please visit: http://www.actratoronto.com/performers/community/the-actra-awards-in-toronto/2017-actra-awards-in-toronto-nominees/