New Golden Maple Awards to Honor Canadians

The newly formed Academy of Canadians in Sports and Entertainment will hand out the kudos in June

A new set of awards, the Golden Maple Awards, will join the kudos calendar in June. The newly formed Academy of Canadians in Sports and Entertainment-Los Angeles (ACISE-LA) announced Wednesday that it is creating the awards to honor Canadian talent in television programs airing in the United States along with Canadian athletes in major sports. The group will also present honorary awards to non-Canadian talent and athletes.

The ACISE-LA will announce the venue and the categories early in 2015. Voting will be conducted by ACISE-LA members, who currently number more than 100; the organization began accepting members in June.

“Canadian talent in Hollywood has flown under the radar for far too long. The British have BAFTA-LA events, and were well represented at the Emmys. With the Golden Maple Awards, we will be reminding Tinseltown that Canada has just as strong contenders as the rest of the world,” said Evelyne Morrisseau, ACISE-LA executive director.

ACISE-LA is a privately funded nonprofit organization for the promotion of Canadian entertainment and sports talent in the United States. It has lined up as ambassadors actors Emily Hampshire, Suzanne Clement, Kathleen Robertson, Jonathan Keltz, Jessalyn Gilsig, Benjamin Arthur, Yan England and L.A. Galaxy player Rob Friend.