On May 27 , from 7-8:30PM, we’re bringing our highly successful gala online to a virtual space that makes live online events fun, social and engaging. Celebrating the arts through song, comedy and art, student performers will come together with celebrated artistic power houses. Past performers include Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Eric Petersen.
Mary Walsh created and starred in This Hour Has 22 Minutes , CBC’s wildly popular take on current affairs. The series 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, which returned to CBC in 2017 as a feature length presentation called A Christmas Fury, with Walsh and the original cast reprising their roles. She has also been nominated for two Genies for her performances in feature films Crackie (Official selection at TIFF) and New Waterford Girl. In 2020 Walsh also starred in Happy Place. In 2017 she released her debut novel, a Canadian best-seller, Crying For The Moon .
Walsh’s recent TV credits include CityTV’s Hudson and Rex, CBC’s Little Dog, Global’s Rookie Blue and HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin, for which she was nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award, and numerous guest appearances on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Select feature film credits include The Grand Seduction and Closet Monster (Official selections at TIFF 2014 and 2015, respectively), and Mambo Italiano.
Outside of the film, TV and theatre world, Mary is an outspoken advocate for mental health and addiction awareness as a spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk. She is a staunch supporter of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, she also lends her time and voice to the CNIB, St. Joseph’s Hospital and CAMH.
Among her many awards and doctorates, Mary is the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts, and the CSA’s Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in television acting.
Camille Intson [alias, camie] (she/her) is an award-winning queer/femme multidisciplinary artist and practitioner-researcher. Her prize-winning writing, conceptual art, alternative folk music, and performance work has received international attention and critical acclaim. Camille’s work has been developed, produced, and/or supported by The Grand Theatre London, Theatre Aquarius, Pat The Dog Theatre Creation, NNPF (2017 winner for Road), the TAP Centre for Creativity, the Ontario Arts Council, Theatre Ontario, Alumnae Theatre, the Paprika Festival, and the Hamilton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. Her latest solo record, entitled troubadour, will be out later this year.
Craig is a Juno Award and Canadian Folk Music Award nominated Canadian folk singer with over 100+ million streams of his music. With 16 albums under his belt, he has a solid fan base across North America and Europe.
Humberly is best known as Sophie Sanchez in the Netflix Original Series, Ginny & Georgia. Other TV credits include Orphan Black, Shadowhunters, Saving Hope, Guilt Free Zone and the upcoming CTV one-hour drama The Detail. Gonzale’s additional credits include the feature Kodachrome as well as a collaboration with Ubisoft as a motion capture performer in the upcoming video game Starlink, directed by Zeke Norton.
As one half of one of Blue Rodeo’s songwriting partnership, Jim Cuddy has one of the most recognizable voices in Canadian music thanks to omnipresent hits such as “Try,” “5 Days In May,” and “Bad Timing.” As a group Blue Rodeo has sold over 5 million records world-wide, won countless JUNO Awards, been inducted in to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and Jim (along with songwriting partner Greg Keelor) was invested as Officers of the Order of Canada.
Sadie is an Ottawa-born, Indian-Canadian actor, singer, dancer, creator, director and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's acting program. She is now based in Toronto where she is an actor on screen, for theatre, voice and musical theatre. Sadie was born in Ottawa and attended Canterbury High School, the publicly funded school for the arts here in Ottawa. She has been on the stage and on TV through her early career and has recently signed with Netflix with two movies in production right now.
One of Canada's most talented and well-known actors, Sarah Polley is also an acclaimed director and a committed political activist. As a child actor, her natural and unaffected performances on television series such as CBC’s Road to Avonlea (1990–96), and in films such as Atom Egoyan's Exotica (1994) and The Sweet Hereafter (1997) possessed a maturity and intelligence that belied her age and established her as a rising star. After choosing to pursue a career in Canadian and independent films rather than embracing Hollywood stardom, she embarked on a highly successful second career as a writer-director with such award-winning films as Away from Her (2006), Take This Waltz (2011) and Stories We Tell (2012). She has won multiple Genie and Gemini Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Away from Her in 2008. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Luke is the Associate Artistic Director at Soulpepper Theatre, and is an award-winning producer, playwright, poet and educator. One of Toronto’s most decorated slam poets, Luke became the Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) Grand Champion in 2017, and won the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as the captain of the TPS team and again in 2018 as the team coach. In 2018 he placed 2nd in Canada individually which earned him a spot representing the country at the 2019 World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris France where he placed 4th. He continues to give back to the Toronto Spoken Word scene as a board member for the Toronto Poetry Project. Most recently Luke has been featured performing for Toronto Raptor and NBA Champion Serge Ibaka on his Instagram Talent Show.
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