Much ado about ‘Slings’ at Canuck awards

Skein scoops kudos galore at Gemini gala

TORONTO — A skein set behind the scenes at a Shakespearean theater company took mucho kudos Saturday at the Gemini Awards, Canada’s answer to the Emmys.

“Slings & Arrows,” a Paul Gross starrer seen in Canada on The Movie Network and the Sundance Channel in the U.S., took multiple awards. “Slings,” which wrapped after its third season, won for dramatic series, and skein’s thesps Mark McKinney and Martha Burns took prizes for actor and actress in a continuing leading role.

“Slings” also won Geminis for direction in a dramatic series (Peter Wellington) and writing (Susan Coyne, Bob Martin, Mark McKinney). Susan Coyne took supporting actress kudo when the craft portion of the awards was held over three nights in Toronto last month.

The 21st annual Geminis’ Gala was held in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond, BC, marking the first time the Geminis have moved away from their Toronto base.

Other high profile wins included “Human Trafficking,” which took the nod for dramatic miniseries, and “Corner Gas” for comedy or series and the cast of news spoof “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” for ensemble perf.

Tim Southam took the statuette for direction in a dramatic program or miniseries for “One Dead Indian,” and Andrew Wreggitt and Hugh Graham took the nods for writing for the miniseries, about the real-life shooting death of native protester Dudley George in 1995.

Lead perf kudos went to Wendy Crewson for “The Man Who Lost Himself” and Tom McCamus for “Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story.”

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