The Tragically Hip Concert Special Wins Big At Canadian Screen Awards

The Tragically Hip's concert special and a film about jazz great Chet Baker dominated the music categories at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.

The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration earned six awards, including one during the televised gala on Sunday night.

Guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker accepted the award for Best Performance in a Variety Program on behalf of the band.

“This past year has been a difficult and emotional one, for all of us, but there’s been some joy and inspiration in it as well,” Langlois said.

“The tour we did last summer was tough for all of us to do for obvious reasons, especially that last show of the tour in Kingston, which was broadcast, was particularly difficult to get up for. Fortunately when we hit the stage that all fell away and it was a unique night and there were a lot of feelings circulating out there — kindness, empathy, sadness, hope, celebration and love, a sense of community, maybe for some even a shared sense of Canadianness.

“I just want to share with everyone who watched that night that none of it was lost on us.”

The score for Born to be Blue, a made-in-Sudbury, Ont. film starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker, earned a best original score award for Todor Kobakov, Steve London and David Braid.

Braid also won a Canadian Screen Award for best original song (“Could Have Been”) from the film.

In the TV categories, Robert Carli and Trevor Yuile earned awards for composing scores to Murdoch Mysteries and Orphan Black respectively.

The Canadian Screen Award for best music program or Series went to last year’s Juno Awards broadcast.

Big winners included Orphan Black (on Space), which collected nine awards and Montreal director Xavier Dolan, whose It’s Only the End of the World earned six awards.

Made-in-Montreal film Race won four awards, including one for former Degrassi star Stephan James.

Check out the full list of winners here.