EUGENE LEVY, CATHERINE O’HARA AND JAY BARUCHEL BOOKED AS PRESENTERS FOR THE ACADEMY’S CSAs
Twitter | .@Realeugenelevy, Catherine O’Hara & @BaruchelNDG booked as presenters for #CdnScreen16 @Academy_NET http://www.academy.ca/news
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Leah Fay Goldstein
Jay Baruchel – This is the End
TORONTO | MONTREAL, February 24, 2016 – The second group of celebrity presenters for the Academy’s CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. This year’s gala will be hosted by comedian Norm Macdonald at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and broadcast LIVE on CBC-TV at 8pm ET (9 AT | 9:30 NT) Sunday, March 13, 2016.
The second group of presenters for this year’s gala broadcast will continue to represent some of Canada’s best and brightest film and television talent, including (in alpha order): Jay Baruchel (Goon, This Is the End), comedian Seán Cullen (The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show), Leah Fay Goldstein (Diamond Tongues, July Talk), Jared Keeso (19-2, Letterkenny), Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek, American Pie), Rick Mercer (Rick Mercer Report, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek, Home Alone) and Vinay Virmani (Breakaway, Dr. Cabbie). Additional presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fans can engage with the Canadian Screen Awards leading up to and throughout the gala on Fanzone.Academy.ca and by following @Academy_NET on Twitter and Instagram using #CdnScreen16, as well as on Facebook by liking the Canadian Screen Awards.
For a full list of Canadian Screen Awards nominees and news updates, visit academy.ca.
Moira Rose | Schitt’s Creek
Catherine O’Hara is a prolific, multi-award winning actress, writer and comedian whose film credits include lead and supporting roles in Beetlejuice; Home Alone; Home Alone 2: Lost in New York; After Hours; Heartburn; The Life Before This; Penelope; Away We Go; Where the Wild Things Are; A.C.O.D.; The Right Kind of Wrong and many more.
O’Hara has collaborated with Christopher Guest and co-writer Eugene Levy four times on the critically acclaimed mockumentary films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. Her performance in the latter won her the 2007 National Board of Review Award for Supporting Actress.
O’Hara has made many guest appearances on top-rated television series including Six Feet Under and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her role in HBO’s Temple Grandin earned her a Primetime Emmy®, Satellite and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
O’Hara first performed with Toronto’s Second City Theatre and later, with fellow alumni including Eugene Levy, created the iconic sketch comedy show SCTV. She won an Emmy Award® and earned four Emmy® nominations for her writing on the show.
O’Hara is currently starring in Schitt’s Creek alongside Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, and Chris Elliott.
Johnny Rose | Schitt’s Creek
Eugene Levy has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures to date, seven of which have topped the $100M mark. His box office success in films like Bringing Down The House, Cheaper By the Dozen 2 and Father Of The Bride Part II have established him as one of Hollywood’s most popular comedic actors. But it was the role of Jim’s Dad in the American Pie franchise that cemented his reputation as America’s favorite dad. His next major film role is the voice of Charlie in the Disney Pixar feature Finding Dory with Ellen DeGeneres.
Partnering with Christopher Guest, Levy earned critical acclaim for co-writing and co-starring in Best In Show, Waiting For Guffman, For Your Consideration and A Mighty Wind. Levy has been nominated for and won countless awards including and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for A Mighty Wind and a Grammy Award®. He received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best In Show and two Emmys® for his writing on SCTV. His earlier films include Splash; Armed and Dangerous; Multiplicity; Club Paradise; and Serendipity.
In 2013, Levy formed Not A Real Company Productions (with his son Dan Levy and principals Andrew Barnsley and Fred Levy) to produce Schitt’s Creek, a television series for CBC he co-created, co-executive produces, and co-stars in with Dan Levy. The single-camera, character-driven comedy also stars Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott.
As a major, award-winning Canadian film and television actor, Jared Keeso is regarded throughout the international film and television industries as a rising star. His television debut on the hit series ‘SMALLVILLE’ was just the start to Jared’s career, with an impressive trajectory ever since. He has had leading roles in ‘LIFE AS WE KNOW IT’, ‘SMOKIN’ ACES’, A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO ENDINGS, and ‘KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY’ for which he won a Gemini Award for Best Actor, and garnered international recognition.
Jared reprised his starring role in the sequel to ‘THE DON CHERRY STORY’, and immediately thereafter transitioned into a supporting role along side Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in the post-apocalyptic feature film, ‘ELYSIUM’.
Jared is currently starring as a series lead in Bravo’s smash success 19-2 which, due to incredible ratings- even beating out Showtime’s juggernaut, Homeland, with its premiere episode- has just completed filming its second season. He also graced the big screen this spring 2014 in Warner Brother’s blockbuster GODZILLA alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Cranston.
Jared also wrote, produced & starred in the web series and internet sensation LETTERKENNY PROBLEMS which rose to Immortal Status on Will Ferrell’s comedy hub website, Funny or Die.com and currently boasts over 2 million views on YouTube. From the immediate success of Letterkenny, Jared scored a development deal alongside New Metric Media with Bell Media, and is currently drafting the series (as a creator/writer/actor/producer).
Notably, LETTERKENNY PROBLEMS currently has had 4 nominations for awards at the 2014 Leo Awards, has been featured on Maxim.com, a Huffington Post feature and has appeared on the Reddit front page twice. In 2015, Jared was nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best performance by an actor in a continuing leading dramatic role for playing Officer Ben Chartier in 19-2.
Jared looks forward to gaining further momentum in the US film community while developing his career, and hopes to one day be able to incorporate his love of gymnastics, his desire to drive a Formula One race car and to climb Mount Everest, into terrific performances on film.
Jay Baruchel stars in the critically acclaimed FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman based on Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on Earth and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Baruchel is also the lead voice of ‘Hiccup’ in DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise. He has starred in many films including Sony’s hit comedy This is the End, Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Paramount’s comedy She’s Out of My League. He starred in memorable supporting roles in films such as Knocked Up, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Almost Famous, and Million Dollar Baby. Baruchel co-wrote, produced and starred in the hockey comedy Goon opposite Sean William Scott and Liev Schreiber. The film premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, and Baruchel was nominated for two 2013 Canadian Screen Awards (Canada’s Academy Awards) in the Best Supporting Actor category and for Adapted Screenplay. Baruchel is now reprising his role in Goon 2, which he also co-wrote, produced and is making his directorial debut with.
LEAH FAY GOLDSTEIN
Leah Fay Goldstein is an actress, musician, and artist who is responsible for cofounding the rock and roll band, July Talk and the feminist performance art collective, WIVES.
Host | Rick Mercer Report
Rick Mercer, Canada’s top political satirist, returned to CBC Television October 6, 2015 for season 13 of the RICK MERCER REPORT. Rick’s weekly helping of topical satire, funny takes on the week’s top stories and Canada wide adventures make this show an audience favourite.
In October 2015 Rick was be inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame and in November he hosted the Giller Awards on CBC Television for the second time. In May 2015 he received the Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
On July 1, 2014, Rick became Rick Mercer O.C. when it was announced that he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was inducted in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in September 2015.
Rick Mercer began his career in comedy performing and writing with a series of one-man stage shows, beginning with Show Me the Button, which he first performed at the National Arts Centre in 1990 and went on to tour the country. Subsequent stage performances were in I’ve Killed Before, I’ll Kill Again (1992) and Canada: A Good Place to Hide (1995).
Mercer launched his television career in 1993 as one of the creators, performers, and writers on the hit topical weekly show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In 1998 he joined Gerald Lunz and Michael Donovan to create the satirical dramatic series Made In Canada, where he again starred and contributed as a writer. In 2001 his CBC Television special Talking To Americans became the highest rated Canadian comedy special of all time with 2.7 million viewers. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and the Los Angeles Times all ran articles about the impact of Talking to Americans and Mercer went on to discuss it on ABC’s Nightline and NBC’s The Today Show.
He is the recipient of well over 25 Gemini Awards and Canadian Screen Awards for television writing and performance and in 2015 again won the CSA for ‘Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.’ Among other awards have been the Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the Banff Television Festival, numerous Canadian Comedy Awards, and he was named one of the Artists of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. He is the sole civilian recipient of the Canadian Armed Forces Commander Land Forces, Command Commendation in recognition of his support of Canadian peacekeepers, and in 2004 he received the National Arts Centre Award at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. In April 2014, he received the DareArts Leadership Awards from a charitable organization that uses educational experiences to empower children and youth facing life challenges.
In 2012 Rick was given ACTRA Toronto’s Award of Excellence and the King Clancy Award from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. He also received a Diamond Jubilee Medal in celebration of the Queen’s sixty years on the throne.
In October 2013 he received the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service. In February 2014, he was given the Comedy Icon Lifetime Achievement Award at Ottawa’s Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival. Also in 2014 Rick received The Rick Hansen Award of Excellence given by The March of Dimes for his work benefiting the cause of people with physical disabilities.
Mercer went to Afghanistan in the fall of 2003 to entertain the troops and tape Rick Mercer’s Christmas in Kabul a special for CBC Television. He has returned twice to Afghanistan to visit the Canadian Forces.
As a solo performer he has hosted the East Coast Music Awards, The Gemini Awards, Juno Awards, the history series It Seems Like Yesterday, the annual Canada Day show from Parliament Hill, and in 2008 he hosted the CBC Television special The Next Great Prime Minister for the second time. In 2014 Rick co-hosted the CBC Television’sCanadian Country Music Awards show with Jann Arden.
Mercer has written for Time, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and the National Post. His first book, Streeters, hit the top of the Globe and Mail’s best-seller list, and his second book, Rick Mercer Report: The Book, published in the fall of 2007, also went to the top of the national best-seller list. Rick latest book is A Nation Worth Ranting About that was published in September, 2012 and became another best-seller. In the fall of 2013 an updated paperback edition was released.
He has appeared in the movies The Vacant Lot, Understanding Bliss, Secret Nation, and Bon Cop, Bad Cop and is in the upcoming The Young and Prodigious Spivet with Helena Bonham Carter and Judy Davis.
In 2006, Rick and Belinda Stronach founded the charity Spread the Net, which raises funds to stop the spread of malaria by providing mosquito nets for African children. Each season the finale of The Rick Mercer Report is the Spread the Net Student Challenge which has raised now over one million dollars. Other charities he has been active in include Hope Air, PFLAG, and Toronto’s Casey House, a hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS.
He is on the board of The Historica-Dominion Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting the study of Canadian history, identity and citizenship.
Rick holds Honorary Doctorates from Memorial University, Laurentian University, University of British Columbia, McMaster University, Bishop’s University, Brock University and in 2012 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Guelph. In 2014, he received Honorary Doctorates from the Royal Military Academy in Kingston, ON., the University of Western Ontario and York University.
Rick Mercer is a native of St. John’s, Nfld.
Seán Cullen is a multiple award winning, multi-talented performer. He is impossible to categorize with his unique comedy, acting, writing and musical talents. He has made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, and The Late Late Show, and has a number of his own specials including Comedy Central Presents and Comedy Now. He was also a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Some of Seán’s credits include the CBS’ Ellen, Murdoch Mysteries, Slings & Arrows, as Max Bialystock in the Canadian production of Mel Brooks’ runaway musical hit The Producers. Seán also wrote and starred in his own series The Sean Cullen Show on CBC, and is a regular guest star on The Comedy Networks’ Match Game. In addition, Seán is an award-winning author for his Hamish X series and The Chronicles of the Misplaced Prince novels, and is a favourite SiriusXM radio personality for his podcast The Seánpod. Simply put, Seán Cullen is a gifted comedian who simply shouldn’t be missed! He returns to Officially Hosting the Canadian Screen Awards after becoming a favourite presenter in the past few years.
Vinay Virmani was born and raised in Toronto. After graduating in business from York University, Virmani studied filmmaking and theatre at New York’s prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute. He wrote and starred in the hockey comedy Breakaway (2011), followed by the highly successful Dr. Cabbie (2014), where he was a writer, lead actor and producer. Dr. Cabbie broke the Canadian record for audience numbers on opening day. He’ll be seen next in Andrew Currie’s The Steps, which premiered at TIFF in 2015. Vinay will a panelist on this season’s CBC Canada Reads. Vinay has travelled the country with Reel Canada, screening his films to students and recent immigrants studying English. Vinay’s passions include motivating students, and promoting social causes through his charity, Heroes 4 Humanity.