ACTRA Awards in Toronto 2013 nominees announced

TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - ACTRA Toronto is delighted to announce the nominees for the 11th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. The gala industry event will take place at The Carlu on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Three juried ACTRA Awards will be presented for Outstanding Female Performance, Outstanding Male Performance and Outstanding Voice Performance.

Nominees for Outstanding Performance - Female:
Vivien Endicott-Douglas (The Shape of Rex)
Kiara Glasco (Copper - The Hudson River School)
Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day)
Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D - Quiz Cup)
Meg Tilly (Bomb Girls - Armistice)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance - Male:
Jonas Chernick (My Awkward Sexual Adventure)
Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint - Day Game)
Shawn Doyle (The Disappeared)
Luke Kirby (The Samaritan)
Rossif Sutherland (Flashpoint - Team Player)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance - Voice:
Emilie-Claire Barlow (Almost Naked Animals - Miss Surrounding Area)
Pat Kelly (This is That - Episode 27)
Shannon Kook-Chun (Requiem for Romance)
Julie Lemieux (Almost Naked Animals - Howie's Pet Project)
Jordan Pettle (Afghanada - Episode 97)

"My warmest congratulations to these talented nominees selected by a jury of their performing peers," said David Sparrow, ACTRA Toronto's newly elected president. "Public recognition of on-screen and on-mic talent adds enormous value to our industry. It's all about the actors at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto - the hottest industry party in town."

Shirley Douglas will be presented with ACTRA Toronto's 2013 Award of Excellence at the Awards celebration. The Award of Excellence recognizes an exceptional body of work and a commitment to advocacy on behalf of all performers.

The Awards show welcomes the return of comic Elvira Kurt as host and writer. Blues artist Shakura S'Aida will perform live music, followed by dancing with DJ FeelGoodSmalls.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada's 22,000 professional performers working in the English-language 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.

Awards Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor: Actra Fraternal Benefit Society. Platinum Sponsors: ACTRA National and ACTRA Performers' Rights Society, Bell Media. Gold Sponsors: CBC, Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), City of Toronto Film & Television Office, Deluxe, Rhombus Media, Shaftesbury, United Steelworkers. Silver Sponsors: Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP Barristers & Solicitors, Don Carmody Productions, Entertainment One, Royal Bank of Canada. Bronze Sponsors: Breakthrough Entertainment, Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union, Directors Guild of Canada (Ontario), Grant Thornton LLP, New Real Films, Take 5 Productions, Whizbang Films, Writers Guild of Canada.

SOURCE: ACTRA Toronto

For further information:

Media Contact:
Karen Woolridge, ACTRA Toronto Public Relations Officer
direct: (416) 642-6710, cell: (416)-937-1437
email: kwoolridge@actratoronto.com