Wednesday May 31, 2017
6:00 p.m. Cocktail
7:30 p.m. Awards of Excellence Gala
9:00 p.m. Post-Gala Reception
CBC Glenn-Gould Studio
250 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G5
This year’s Youth Media Alliance gala will be hosted by the mind-blowing trio of Tony Kim, Janaye Upshaw and Victor Verbitsky. A likeable threesome who are already very well acquainted, having worked together on the new CBC Kids morning show Studio K since January. Carly Watt and Aidan Cosgrave, in turn, will orchestrate the gala from behind the scenes, respectively as its writer and director. A CSA-nominated children’s media producer, director and writer, Carly currently writes and directs for Studio K. Aidan, in turn, has directed the YMA Awards of Excellence Gala for a number of years now. It’s the first time ever that the gala will be hosted by a trio: a dazzling new approach!
Tony Kim is a lovable and hilarious nerd hailing from Vancouver. In addition to being a star improviser, Tony has a number of acting credits to his name. Tony brings with him a variety of musical talents including vocals, rap, piano and clarinet. He is always at the ready to defend his title as Comic Book Nerd Champ, in either English or Vietnamese. His warm, youthful energy and comfort on camera make Tony feel like an instant friend.
Janaye Upshaw is a joyful, athletic and funny person who brings a love of dance and song to CBC Kids. With a range of film and television experience under her belt, Janaye has a natural comfort on camera and an infectious personality. Her authenticity and positivity make her the perfect addition to our team of hosts. As a mother of two small children, Janaye also brings a unique perspective.
Victor Verbitsky is funny, musical, down to earth and cool. A graduate of the film and television program at Humber College, a proficient improviser and former host on YTV, Victor brings experience and talent. Both playful and a little cheeky, Victor is always engaging. Whether playing guitar or an extreme sport, Victor sets a new bar for cool.