CSAs ’21: Canada’s Drag Race sashays away with five wins

The winners of the news, documentary, reality and lifestyle categories were announced on night one of the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards.

Opening day of Canadian Screen Week saw Crave original Canada’s Drag Race lead the lifestyle and reality categories with the most awards of the evening.

The competition series, produced by Blue Ant Studios in association with Crave and World of Wonder, took home Best Reality/Competition Program or Series, along with wins for writing, direction, production design or art direction, and Best Host or Presenter, Factual or Reality/Competition, for hosts Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman and Stacey McKenzie.

The winners of the lifestyle and reality categories, as well as news and documentary, were honoured in a virtual presentation this evening (May 17). The news and documentary program was narrated by CBC anchor Ginella Massa while the lifestyle and reality program was narrated by Canada’s Drag Race season one winner Priyanka.

CBC and Epix docuseries Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Associated Producers/Cornelia Street Productions) won three awards in total, including Best History Documentary Program or Series, the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research and Best Photography, Documentary or Factual.

CTV’s Mary’s Kitchen Crush (Proper Television) walked away with two awards, including Best Lifestyle Program or Series and Best Host, Lifestyle for Mary Berg.

Other double award winners include cross-broadcaster special Stronger Together, Tous Ensembles (Insight Productions), which won Best Entertainment News Program or Series and Best Picture Editing, Reality/Competition; and CBC documentary Toxic Beauty (White Pine Pictures) for Best Writing and Best Direction, Documentary Program.

Additional winners in the lifestyle and categories include Crave comedy special Aisha Brown: First Black Woman Ever (Just Pour Rire TV) for Best Variety or Entertainment Special; HGTV’s Property Brothers: Forever Home (Scott Brothers Entertainment) for Best Direction, Lifestyle or Information; T+E’s Paranormal Nightshift (BGM) for Best Direction, Factual; and Cottage Life’s Restaurants on the Edge (marblemedia) for Best Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition.

On the factual side, CBC’s You Can’t Ask That (Productions Pixcom) won Best Factual Series and Hockey Mom (Hockey Mom Films) won Best Documentary Program. Tiffany Hsiung’s Sing Me a Lullaby won Best Short Documentary; Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell earned Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series; CBC doc 9/11 Kids (Saloon Media/Blue Ant Studios) won the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program; and Takaya: Lone Wolf (Cineflix/Takaya Inc./Talesmith/MBM TV).

Additionally, Still Standing (Frantic Films) won Best Writing, Factual; and Being Black in Toronto (ZaZa Production) won Best Direction, Documentary Series.

Today’s (May 18) Canadian Screen Week presentation will unveil the winners of children’s, animation, digital and immersive categories.