The Gemini awards’ returned to Toronto on Nov. 28 at the Metro Convention Centre. Dressed for the fancy occasion, attendees came together to unveil the final winners and celebrate excellence in Canadian television. In a shiny black suit, host of the evening and proud Canadian, Jason Priestley, kept the audience laughing throughout the entire one hour special.
“What a honor to host the Gemini’s,” said Priestley. “And even a bigger honor to be considered 100 percent Canadian, it’s never been cooler to be Canadian in Hollywood. We are white-hot there.”
“This is about honoring the best we have.” Said actor Vik Sahay, a presenter of the evening.
Unfortunately, some of this year’s winners have already been canceled. Both action drama series, Cock’d Gunns and Intelligence had to shut down due to poor ratings. This year, Intelligence was nominated for five Gemini’s, including best drama, but sadly the show still had to call it a wrap. In accepting his best host award for talk show The Hour, George Stroumboulopoulos gave thanks to a past gig, The New Music, which was also just canceled.
“I worked on that show for many years, so I’d like to accept this on behalf of everybody who ever worked on The New Music.”
All new and old winners had acceptance speeches full of both thanks and excitement. Even Ron MacLean, who won his 10th Gemini award for best sports presenter for the Canadian classic, Hockey Night in Canada, was proud to be a part of the annual Canadian celebration.
“Toronto is home to the year’s most honored shows, including The Fifth Estate, Murdoch Mysteries, and Rent-a-Goalie”, said Ron Cohen, chair of the Academy. “What a perfect backdrop to celebrate the best in the country.”
Since it’s first broadcast in 1986, the event continues to strive in prominence and overcome challenges in order to become one of the most highly recognized events in Canada.