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Canadian Screen Awards Gets New Date, Venue Change

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The Canadian Screen Awards has a new date and venue.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has pushed the dates for the country’s equivalent of the Oscars and Emmys combined to May 28-31 in Toronto.

The change for the CSAs, from an initial April 7-14 schedule, followed the prize-giving taking place as a virtual event every year since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is, until last year’s Canadian Screen Week, which was held at Toronto’s Meridian Hall from April 11-14.

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“Due to venue availability in Toronto, we have made the decision to move Canadian Screen Week 2024 to May,” Tammy Frick, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said in a statement on Thursday.

This year’s CSAs will be held at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, the headquarter of the public broadcaster set to air the final-night awards giving on May 31.

And nominees for the Canadian awards season event will now be announced on March 6. Frick added that budgetary concern also figured into the date and event shifts.

“This change ensures that the entire experience is of the utmost quality while also being efficient with resources,” she said. The Canadian Academy promotes homegrown film and TV with annual prize-giving.

In 2012, the organization replaced separate Gemini and Genie award shows with a single event in the Canadian Screen Awards, traditionally held after the Academy Awards stateside.

Frick joined the Academy in late 2022 after 27 years as executive director of the Cinéfest Sudbury Film Festival in northern Ontario. She replaced Beth Janson, who left the Academy in April 2022 for a brief stint running day-to-day operations at the Toronto Film Festival as COO.

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