Eric Peterson to receive ACTRA Toronto's Award of Excellence

    The ACTRA Awards in Toronto: Friday, February 29, 2008

    TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - ACTRA Toronto is pleased to announce that Eric
Peterson is the 2008 recipient of ACTRA Toronto's Award of Excellence. Wendy
Crewson received this honour in 2007 and will present the award to Peterson
during The ACTRA Awards in Toronto on February 29, 2008 at The Carlu. Previous
Award of Excellence winners include Gordon Pinsent, Sonja Smits, Paul Gross
and Sarah Polley.
    "Eric Peterson's long list of credits and his many performance awards are
a testament to his status as a true Canadian star whose passion continues to
inspire and delight audiences across our country," said ACTRA Toronto
President Karl Pruner. "Those of us who have been privileged to work with Eric
on union issues have seen him bring that same passion to the fight for
Canada's performers at the bargaining table, and the fight for a fair deal for
Canadian programming from Canada's broadcasters."
    Eric Peterson is a Canadian star of the highest caliber with more than 50
film and television credits to his name and is also well known by audiences
across the country for his prolific work on the stage. Peterson has been
nominated for ten Gemini awards over the course of his career, four of them
wins. His selected credits include Billy Bishop Goes to War, Sleeping Dogs
Lie, Slings and Arrows, Traders, Da Vinci's Inquest, The Stork Derby, Trudeau,
This is Wonderland, Street Legal and of course his current role as the
loveable curmudgeon, Oscar Leroy, in the critically acclaimed TV series Corner
    Peterson is actively involved with the ACTRA community and is a long time
supporter of Canadian programming and performer rights. He was a key
spokesperson in ACTRA's first ever strike in early 2007 and a leading voice at
the recent demonstration in support of More Canada on TV at the Canadian
Association of Broadcasters convention in Ottawa.
    The annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto recognizes outstanding performances by
ACTRA Toronto members and celebrate accomplishments and excellence in our
industry. The ACTRA Awards in Toronto take place on Friday, February 29, 2008
at The Carlu. Three juried awards will be presented in addition to the Award
of Excellence: The ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance - male, female and

    ACTRA Toronto Performers is the largest organization within ACTRA,
representing over 13,000 of Canada's 21,000 professional performers working in
the English-language recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian
culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven organization that continues to
secure the rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

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For further information:

For further information: Susan Ponting, ACTRA, National Public Relations
Officer, direct: (416) 644-1519, cell: (416) 897-7028, email:

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