'Amazing Race Canada' Dominates Canadian Screen Awards Pre-Telecast

5:43 AM PST 03/05/2014 by Etan Vlessing

The other big winner on Tuesday night was Food Network Canada's "You Gotta Eat Here."

TORONTO – Amazing Race Canada and a Canadian take on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives were the big winners on Tuesday night as prize-giving at the Canadian Screen Awards got underway.

CTV's Amazing Race Canada, the local version of the international TV franchise, won three pre-telecast Screenies: best reality series photography, best reality series writing and best non-fiction cross-platform project for its digital extension.

And Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here, where host John Catucci tours Canadian diners and greasy spoons for bites and banter, won for best lifestyle series at a pre-telecast ceremony in Toronto.

You Gotta Eat Here director Jim Morrison also grabbed the trophy for best lifestyle program direction.

As trophies were handed out for news, sports, documentary, lifestyle, reality and digital media categories, National Geographic Canada's Museum Secrets, about top global museums, won for best information series editing and best factual program.

Other winners on Tuesday night included CTV National News With Lisa LaFlamme, which was named best national newscast, and TVO's The Defector: Escape from North Korea, which won for best documentary.

The Canadian Screen Awards continue with additional pre-telecast awards handed out for drama, kids, comedy and variety programming, ahead of a gala ceremony on Sunday night hosted by Martin Short, which will air on the CBC.

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