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Ari Millen – Orphan Black

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Aunjanue Ellis – The Book of Negroes

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Emily VanCamp – Captain America: The Winter Solidier

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TORONTO | MONTREAL, March 2, 2016 – The third 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 third 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): Aunjanue Ellis (The Book of Negroes, Quantico), Sara Farb (King Lear, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy, Reign), Jonny Harris (Still Standing, Murdoch Mysteries), The Honourable Mélanie Joly (Minister of Canadian Heritage), Ari Millen (Orphan Black, Rupture), Joe Mimran (Dragons’ Den), Emily VanCamp (Revenge, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Grand Seduction). These stars will join the previously announced presenters at the CSA Gala on Sunday, March 13 on CBC.

Fans can engage with the Canadian Screen Awards leading up to and throughout the gala on 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




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Ari Millen was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is an only child to his mother Malka Kaufman and father Bruce Millen. Ari attended Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute High School where in his senior year he became serious about acting. Ari was accepted into Ryerson University’s Theatre: Acting Programme soon after where he received his training.

Following graduation Ari began building his resume, both in Film/Television and Stage. Director Rodrigo Gudiño took notice of Millen and cast him in the sixth episode of the Copperheart Entertainment horror anthology, “Darknet”, which compliments his ongoing relationship with the Foresight Features team.

Ari was then cast in the role of “Mark,” on BBC America’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning television series “Orphan Black” and it was there where people began to take notice. The character was originally slated to die, but the show creators soon realized his potential, believing Ari was perfect to take on the incredible challenge of portraying “a wolfpack” of male clones. This undertaking garnered Ari the distinction of one of Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Canadian’s To Watch.

From there Ari has also been seen in a recurring role in the SyFy network’s “12 Monkeys” and a guest-starring role in the second season of “Reign” on CW. Upcoming credits will include a supporting lead role in Director Steven Shainberg’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Rupture” as well as a guest-starring role in the Hulu miniseries, based on the Stephen King novel, “11/22/63.”


Aunjanue Ellis Bio

AUNJANUE ELLIS most recently received a Television Critics’ Choice Award, NAACP Image Award, Satellite Award and Black Reel Award Nominations for Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series for her work in the epic BET adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s acclaimed bestselling novel The Book of Negroes. Ellis portrays Aminata Diallo, a woman who experiences and eventually overcomes the full spectrum of slavery and racism in North America, beginning with her capture in the mid-18th century as a young girl from Mali

Currently, Ellis is at work on the upcoming ABC drama series “Quantico,” in which she stars as Miranda Shaw, the director of an FBI base who oversees the training of a new group of recruits.

Ellis also appears alongside Nate Parker, Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley and Gabrielle Union in the Sundance sensation, The Birth of a Nation which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Ellis’s extensive filmography include Tate Taylor’s The Help, in which she played Yule Mae Davis, the maid arrested for allegedly stealing a ring. In Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get On Up, Ellis portrayed Vicki Anderson, acknowledged by Brown in his autobiography as probably the best singer he ever witnessed. For her performance as Mary Ann Fisher, one of the first singers who became professionally and personally involved with Ray Charles in Ray, Ellis shared a SAG Award  nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2009, Tony Scott directed Ellis opposite Denzel Washington’s train dispatcher in The Taking of Pelham 123.  She also played the daughter of a paranoid schizophrenic (Samuel L. Jackson) in the mystery-drama The Caveman’s Valentine, directed by Kasi Lemmons and co-starred in the action comedy Undercover Brother. Early in her career, Ellis received a NAACP Image Award nomination for her performance as a medical student in George Tillman Jr.’s Men of Honor, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Robert DeNiro.

Ellis’s film credits also include Romeo and Juliet in Harlem (which she also executive produced),  the critically acclaimed Of Mind And MusicEd’s Next Move, The Express, Freedomland, The Hungry Ghosts, Lovely & Amazing, A Map of the World, Money Matters, Notorious, and The Volunteer. She made her motion picture debut in Jim McKay’s Sundance Film Festival hit Girls Town, opposite Lili Taylor.

In addition to the previously mentioned The Book of Negroes, Ellis starred on television in Abducted:  The Carlina White Story and garnered her second NAACP Image Award nomination for her portrayal of Candy Carson alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise in the made for television film Gifted Hands:  The Ben Carson Story. Ellis appeared as a series regular on “The Mentalist,” “High Incident,” “E-Ring” and “Justice.” Her television credits also include arcs on “NCIS:  Los Angeles,” “True Blood” and “The Practice” and guest starring roles on “The Good Wife,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and “Blue Bloods.”  She first appeared on television in an episode of Dick Wolf’s police drama series “New York Undercover.”

In 1995, Ellis made her professional acting debut as Ariel opposite Patrick Stewart’s Prospero in “The Tempest,” directed by George C. Wolfe in a New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre production that began its run at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre and later transferred to The Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway.  Her stage credits also include the Broadway production of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” directed by Bartlett Sher, “A Winter’s Tale” for the NYSF/Public Theatre, and at MTC, “Drowning Crow” and “Seeking the Genesis.”

Though she was born in San Francisco, Ellis claims the small Mississippi town of McComb as her home. There, Ellis’ grandmother raised her on a farm that has been in the family for generations. “My mother gifted me with my particular kind of radical imagination. And my grandmother gave me the tools to execute it,” she says. Brought up in a Baptist church where she performed recitations and skits, it was not until she was a student at Tougaloo College that Ellis would first find herself on stage. It was her discovery of theater that led her to transfer to Brown University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies, while also training as an actor under Jim Barnhill and John Emigh. She went onto receive a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Ellis is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a service sorority that honored her with the 2010 Rising Star Award.


Emily VanCamp – Bio

With an impressive body of work in film and television, Emily VanCamp has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after young talents. VanCamp starred on the ABC hit series Revenge for four seasons as Emily Thorne, a mysterious woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family. She can also be seen in the Marvel film Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier opposite Chris Evans starring as Agent 13/Sharon Carter and will reprise her role in the highly anticipated sequel Captain America 3: Civil War due out on May 6th, 2016.

VanCamp first won over audiences on the WB’s critically acclaimed drama Everwood as sensitive beauty Amy Abbott and went on to star on ABC’s acclaimed hit drama Brothers and Sisters. Her other credits include independent film Norman, The Ring Two, Carriers, The Girl in the Book and the BBC mini-series Ben-Hur among others.

She recently shot her first bilingual role in the French language film entitled Pays (Borders) where she will play an international mediator.


Giacomo Gianniotti – Bio

A dynamic and versatile performer Giacomo Gianniotti is emerging as one of Hollywood’s brightest talents.

Gianniotti currently stars as Dr. Andrew DeLuca on ABC’s hit drama Grey’s Anatomy which is currently in its 12th season.

Audiences will next see Gianniotti in the Jesse Owens biopic Race opposite Jason Sudekis, Jeremy Irons, and William Hurt. Focus Features will release the film February 19, 2016.

His other television credits include recurring roles on ABC’sSelfie, the CW’s historical fantasy romance series Reign and the Lifetime mini-series The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe opposite Susan Sarandon and Kelli Garner.

Gianniotti was born in Rome and grew up in Toronto. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Joe Mimran
Dragon | Dragons’ Den

Known as an arbiter of taste and design, Joe Mimran brings his finely honed skills to the Den to weigh in on Canada’s best business ideas.

Joe is among Canada’s leading fashion pioneers. Throughout his storied career he has founded and built brands that helped define the industry landscape, including Joe Fresh, Club Monaco, Alfred Sung, Caban and–with his wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran–Pink Tartan. With an intuitive design vision and a keen business sense, Joe has been at the forefront of fashion and retail for over thirty years.

Born in Morocco to a couturier mother, Joe grew up with the sound of a sewing machine. After moving to Toronto at a young age, he developed the entrepreneurial spirit early. He ran several successful businesses before completing two bachelor degrees and becoming a chartered accountant.

But it was the search for the perfect white t-shirt that inspired Joe’s first major enterprise. Unable to find one he decided to make his own. From that single t-shirt, Joe built an entire line of minimal, unisex clothes which would become Club Monaco. By 1999, Club Monaco had 125 stores worldwide, and that same year the company was purchased by the Ralph Lauren Corporation.

In 2003, Loblaw tapped Joe to design home products under its President’s Choice brand, followed by all general merchandise categories by 2009. But it was when he went on to conceive the Joe Fresh brand for Loblaw in 2005 that he really became a household name. Joe Fresh Style was launched nationwide in the spring of 2006, and now this line of stylish and affordable clothing boasts more than 340 Loblaw’s locations in Canada, a flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, as well as 200 stores in JC Penney locations across the U.S. Overseas, Joe Fresh has inked international partnership agreements for 23 new markets, and since 2014, opened its first stores in South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Egypt with local partners. Joe recently stepped down as creative director of Joe Fresh, but continues to act as their brand ambassador.

When Joe isn’t expanding his fashion empire, he spends his time at home in Toronto with his wife and four kids.

Jonny Harris

Constable George Crabtree | Murdoch Mysteries

Host | Still Standing

Comedian and actor Jonny Harris holds numerous credits to his name. Currently, he is known for his long-standing role as Constable George Crabtree on CBC’s hit drama Murdoch Mysteries, for which he has garnered two Gemini nominations for best supporting lead in a dramatic series.

Harris has appeared regularly at The Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and on CBC Radio’s The Debaters. He has appeared as both a stand-up and sketch comic at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. He’s also been a staff writer for the award-winning program This Hour has 22 Minutes and was a contributing writer and star of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching.

Jonny is a member of St. John’s sketch comedy troupe The Dance Party of Newfoundland, winners of the 2007 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival’s “Best of the Fest” award and his stand-up special for Comedy Now! earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination.



No stranger to television audiences, Mary Walsh may be best known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CBC’s wildly popular take on current affairs. The series, which she also created, earned her many of her numerous Gemini awards and showcased her dynamic range of characters, including the flagrantly outspoken ‘Marg Delahunty’.

Walsh wrote, produced and starred in the Gemini award winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, and was nominated for two Genies for her performances in feature films Crackie (Official selection at TIFF) and New Waterford Girl.

Walsh’s recent credits include CBC’s Republic of Doyle, TMN’s Sensitive Skin; and Global’s Rookie Blue.

Select feature film credits include Mambo ItalianoThe Divine Ryans with Pete Postlethwaite;  Violet, in which she played the title role; and most recently the The Grand Seduction (Official selection at TIFF).

Outside of the film, TV and theatre world, Mary is an outspoken advocate for mental health and addiction awareness. Among the many charities and organizations she supports are the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, the CNIB, St. Joseph’s Hospital and CAMH.

Among her many awards and doctorates, Mary is also the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts.




I’m on twitter @SaraFarb

Sara is currently in her fourth season at the Stratford Festival, starring as Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Petra in A Little Night Music. She appeared as Cordelia in the 2014 Stratford production of King Lear, starring Colm Feore. Other Stratford credits include Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Constance Neville in She Stoops to Conquer, Mary Tudor in the sold-out world premiere of The Last Wife, Cherry in The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. She has performed across Canada as an actor and singer. Sara is also a writer: Her one-woman play, R-E-B-E-C-C-A, in which she also starred, was part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2014/15 season, and she is the co-writer in residence for Acting Up Stage Theatre Company. She is sponsored by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.