4th Canadian Screen Awards
DateMarch 13, 2016
LocationSony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Hosted byNorm Macdonald
Most awardsFilm: Room (9)
TV: The Book of Negroes (11)
Most nominationsFilm: Room (11)
TV: Schitt's Creek (15)
Best Motion PictureRoom
Best Dramatic Series19-2
Best Comedy SeriesSchitt's Creek
Television/radio coverage
Produced byBarry Avrich

The 4th Canadian Screen Awards was held on March 13, 2016, to honour achievements in Canadian film, television, and digital media production in 2015.[1]

Nominations were announced on January 19, 2016. Awards in many of the technical categories were presented in a series of galas throughout the week before the main ceremony.

During the ceremony, host Norm Macdonald suggested the award be called the Candy in honour of late Canadian actor John Candy, comparable to the Academy Awards long being known as Oscars.[2] The nickname has still not been officially adopted by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television,[3] although academy chair Martin Katz personally endorsed it in a follow-up interview with the Toronto Star.[3]


Leading into the March 13 ceremony, comedian Steve Patterson hosted a special called The Great Canadian Screen Test, quizzing people in the streets of Toronto about the nominated films and who they thought should win the awards in various categories.[4]


Motion Picture Direction
Actor in a leading role Actress in a leading role
Actor in a supporting role Actress in a supporting role
Original Screenplay Adapted Screenplay
Feature Length Documentary Short Documentary
Live Action Short Drama Animated Short
Art Direction/Production Design Cinematography
Costume Design Editing
Overall Sound Sound Editing
Achievement in Music: Original Score Achievement in Music: Original Song
Make-Up Visual Effects
  • Blue ribbon
    Phil Jones, Sarah Wormsbecher, Eric Doiron, Anthony DeChellis, Lon Molnar, Geoff D.E. Scott, Nathan Larouche and Mark Fordham, Hyena Road
  • Darren Wall, Borealis
  • Alain Lachance and Eve Brunet, Endorphine
  • Eric Doiron, Sarah Wormsbecher, Nathan Larouche, Anthony DeChellis, Geoff D.E. Scott, Jason Snea, Joel Chambers, Kaiser Thomas, Lon Molnar and Rob Kennedy, Remember
  • Marcelo Alves de Souza, Paulo Barcellos, Adams Carvalho, George Schall, Luis Dourado, Emerson Bonadias, Diego Moreira, Luciano Santa Barbara, Thiago Sá and Luis Dreyfuss, Zoom
Best Cinematography in a Documentary Best Editing in a Documentary
Special awards



Drama series Comedy series
Animated program or series Documentary program
Children's or youth fiction Children's or youth non-fiction
Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie History Documentary Program or Series
  • Blue ribbon
    Vietnam: Canada's Shadow War
  • Biblical Conspiracies
  • Mummies Alive
  • Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI
International Drama Lifestyle Program or Series
Music Program or Series Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series
Pre-School Program or Series Reality/Competition Program or Series
Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series Social/Political Documentary Program (Donald Brittain Award)
Factual Program or Series Variety or sketch comedy program or series
Live entertainment special Talk program or series
Performing arts program Diversity Award
  • Blue ribbon
    Canada in Perspective
Golden Screen Award for TV Drama/Comedy Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show
Icon Award


Lead actor, drama Lead actress, drama
Lead actor, comedy Lead actress, comedy
Lead actor, television film or miniseries Lead actress, television film or miniseries
Supporting actor, drama Supporting actress, drama
Supporting actor, comedy Supporting actress, comedy
Performance in a children's or youth program or series Performance in a guest role, drama series
Performance in an animated program or series Performance in a variety or sketch comedy program or series

News and information

News special News reportage, local
News reportage, national Local newscast
National newscast News information series
News anchor, local News anchor, national
Host or interviewer, news or information program or series News or information program
Host in a children's, preschool or youth program or series Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series
News or information segment
  • Blue ribbon
    W5: "Hands of God" — Victor Malarek, Mary Dartis, Litsa Sourtzis, André Lapalme, Jerry Vienneau, Brian Mellersh
  • Marketplace: "Vaccine Confusion" — Erica Johnson, Tiffany Foxcroft, Lindsay Sample, Tyana Grundig, Aileen McBride
  • CBC News: The National: "The Finish Line" — Paul Hunter, Carmen Merrifield, Dominique Banoun, Andy Hincenbergs, Jamie Hopkins, Sharon Wu
  • the fifth estate: "The Fear Within: Attack on the Hill" — Bob McKeown, Scott Anderson, Oleh Rumak, Allya Davidson, Alieen McBride
  • W5: "Gordie's Comeback" — Avis Favaro, Jerry Vienneau, Elizabeth St. Philip, Brian Mellersh, André Lapalme


Live sporting event coverage Sports analysis or commentary
Sports host Sports play-by-play
Sports feature segment Sports opening
  • Blue ribbon
    TSN, "The Butterfly Child" — Ross Rheaume, James Duthie, Brent Blanchard, Devon Burns
  • TSN, "Bryan Murray" — Matt Cade, Michael Farber, Karl Roeder, Brent Blanchard, David Midgely
  • Sportsnet, "Family First: The Chris Sutter Story" — Marc Leblanc, George Skoutakis, Kirt Berry, Andrew Formentini
  • TSN, "Favela United" — Josh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Darren Oliver, Devon Burns, Kevin Fallis
  • TSN, "The Stastny Brothers" — Josh Shiaman, Dave Naylor, Jason Wessel, Brent Blanchard
Sports program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    Defector (Sportsnet) — Marc Leblanc, Jeremy McElhanney
  • the fifth estate: "The Pain Game: Drugs, Doctors and Pro Sports" (CBC) — Bob McKeown, Scott Anderson, Andrew Culbert, Liz Rosch
  • Have a Purpose: The Ian Jenkins Story (Sportsnet) — Marc Leblanc, Paul Sidhu, Mark Wade
  • The Perfect Storm: 1994 Montreal Expos (TSN) — Sean Menard
  • Sports on Fire (HBO Canada) — Kim Arnott, Andrew Barnsley, Jeff Aghassi, Pete McCormack, Kevin Foley, Mandy Spencer-Philips

Craft awards

Editorial research Visual research
  • Blue ribbon
    Nicole Reinert, Alexandra Byers, Greg McArthur, Zach Dubinsky, Chelsea Gomez and Joseph Loiero, The Fifth Estate: "The Mob and Michael Degroote"
  • Timothy Sawa and Lori Ward, CBC News: "Campus Sexual Assaults: The Fight to Get the Real Picture"
  • Erica Johnson, Lynn Burgess and Lindsay Sample, Marketplace: "Dispensing Danger"
  • Nathalie Bibeau, Sugar Coated
  • Larry Wong, Jordan Paterson, Judy Lam Maxwell and Vera Yuen, Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI
  • Blue ribbon
    Gina Cali, The Nature of Things: "Jellyfish Rule"
  • Kristina Howard, The Great War Tour with Norm Christie: "The Vimy Pilgrimage"
  • Monica Penner, Nava Rastegar and Laura Blaney, Sugar Coated
  • Erin Chisholm, War Story: "Liberation"
Make-Up Costume Design
  • Blue ribbon
    Stephen Lynch and Sandy Sokolowski, Orphan Black: "Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method"
  • Lalette Littlejohn, Francesca Van der Feyst, Talia Barak and Koketso Mbuli, The Book of Negroes
  • Melissa Purino, Kept Woman
  • Colin Penman and Ryan Reed, Killjoys: "Bangarang"
  • Sue Upton and Gerald Altenburg, King Lear
Photography in a comedy series Photography in a documentary program or factual series
  • Blue ribbon
    Jordan Paterson and Norm Li, Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI
  • Sean White, Bahama Blue: "The Sand Flats"
  • Chris Belchevski, Blind Spot: Moments Unseen
  • Tim Hutchinson, The Secret Science of the Dog Park
  • Milan Podsedly, Songs of Freedom
Photography in a drama program or series Photography in a lifestyle or reality program or series
Photography in a news or information program, series or segment Photography in a variety or sketch comedy program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    Jean-François Bisson, Losing Liberia
  • Glen Kugelstadt, CBC News: The National: "Quebec Volunteer in Nepal"
  • Kirk Neff, The Day the Wave Came
  • Jerry Vienneau, W5: "Feeding Hope"
Editing in a comedy program or series Editing in a dramatic program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    Matthew Anas, Orphan Black: "Newer Elements of Our Defence"
  • Yvann Thibaudeau, 19-2: "School"
  • Lisa Binkley, Motive: "The Suicide Tree"
  • Jay Prychidny, Orphan Black: "Certain Agony of the Battlefield"
  • Aaron Marshall, Vikings: "Warrior's Fate"
Editing in a variety or sketch comedy program or series Editing in a documentary program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    David New, Songs of Freedom
  • Bruce Lapointe, Bipolarized
  • Stefan Morel, Blind Spot: Moments Unseen
  • Étienne Gagnon, Fennario: The Good Fight
  • Nick Hector, War Story
Editing in a factual program or series Editing in a reality or competition program or series
Production design/art direction in a fiction program or series Production design/art direction in a non-fiction program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    Jason Clarke, Ian Greig, Robert van de Coolwyk, Brian Glaser and Renee Filipova, The Book of Negroes
  • Ian Brock, Kim Zaharko and Andy Loew, Dark Matter: "Episode One"
  • Jean Bécotte, Kept Woman
  • Ross Dempster, Louise Roper and David Clarke, Motive: "Purgatory"
  • Phillip Barker, Robert Hepburn and Brad Milburn, Reign: "Acts of War"
Sound in a fiction program or series Sound in a non-fiction program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    Derek Mansveldt, David Rose, David McCallum, Martin Gwynn Jones, Joe Mancuso, Steve Hammond, Erik Culp, Frank Morrone, Scott Shepherd and Alexander Rosborough, The Book of Negroes
  • Robert Labrosse, Guillaume Boursier, Martin M Messier, Sébastien Bédard, Lori Paquet, Sabin Hudon, Jacques Plante and Jean Camden, 19-2: "School"
  • Christopher Guglick, John Laing, Mark Gingras, Herwig Gayer, Orest Sushko and Marilee Yorsten, Orphan Black: "History Yet to Be Written"
  • Jane Tattersall, Steve Medeiros, David McCallum, Dale Sheldrake, Martin Lee, Kirk Lynds, Yuri Gorbachow, Andy Malcolm, Goro Koyama, Jack Heeren, Daniel Birch and Sandra Fox, Vikings: "To the Gates!"
  • Alan deGraaf, Mike Woroniuk, Richard Anobile, Kevin Howard, Nathan Robitaille, J.R. Fountain, John D. Smith, Richard Calistan, Joe Mancuso, Steve Hammond, Erik Culp, Zenon Waschuk and Rob Hegedus, X Company: "Pilot - Camp X"
Sound in a variety or animated program or series Visual effects
  • Blue ribbon
    Antonio Montano, Michael Nunan, Andrew Roberts, Kent Ford and Mark Vreeken, 2015 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony
  • Michael Juk, Gary Morgan and John Diemer, John Mann Here and Now
  • Mark Gingras, Adam Stein, John Laing, Dermain Finlayson, Keith Elliot and Rudy Michael, Pirate's Passage
  • Steve Moore, Lucas Roveda, John Laing, Mark Dejczak, Marilee Yorston, David Mercel and Leon Johnson, Sunnyside: "Top Hat"
  • Sean Pearson, Simon Berry, Michael Mancuso and Julia Snell, Trucktown: "Trucktown Rodeo"
  • Blue ribbon
    Dennis Berardi, Dominic Remane, Michael Borrett, Ovidiu Cinazan, Paul Wishart, Jeremy Dineen, Engin Arslan, Ken MacKenzie, Bill Halliday, Leann Harvey, Maria Gordon and Julian Parry, Vikings: "To the Gates!"
  • Stephen Lebed, Winston Lee, JP Giamos, Mike Duffy, Charles Taylor, Geoff Sayer, Jeff Skochko and Rob Vandenhoek, Beauty and the Beast: "Bob & Carol & Vincent & Cat"
  • Tyler Foell, Kris Wood, Robert DM Smith, Winrik Haentjens, Gavin Jung, Brent Boulet, Iqbal Zafar, Yoga Kurniawan, Harshal Mistry, Arian Van Zyl, Cary Smith, Bethany Johnson and Michelle Brennen, Haven: "See No Evil"
  • Edward J. Taylor IV, Krista Allain, Chris Ross, Ben Mossman, Kyle Sim, Jason Gougeon, Somboun Souannhaphanh, Ran Long Wen, Yuhay-Ray Ng and Igor Avdyushin, Killjoys: "A Glitch in the System"
  • Geoff D.E. Scott, Sarah Wormsbecher, Lon Molnar, Eric Doiron, Nathan Larouche, Anthony DeChellis, Joel Chambers, Jason Snea, Kaiser Thomas and Jawahar Bhatti, Orphan Black: "History Yet to Be Written"
  • Blue ribbon
    Robin D. Cook, Andrea Kenyon, Randi Wells and Marissa Richmond, 19-2: "School"
  • Jenny Lewis and Sara Kay, Bitten: "Hell's Teeth"
  • Tina Gerussi and Sheila Lane, Mr. D: "Coach of the Year"
  • Maureen Webb and Colleen Bolton, Motive: "Six Months Later"
  • Jackie Lind, Strange Empire: "The Whiskey Trader"


Children's or youth Comedy
Documentary or factual series Documentary program
Dramatic program or mini–series Dramatic series
Lifestyle program or mini–series Live sporting event
Reality or competition program or series Variety or sketch comedy program or series
Animated program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    Jamie Whitney, PAW Patrol: "Pups Save a Talent Show/Pups Save the Corn Roast"
  • Richard Johnson and Andrew Duncan, Endangered Species: "Nutty Buddy Goes Nuts/The Fable"
  • Dave Brown, Numb Chucks: "Hooves Line Is It Anyways?"
  • J. Falconer, Rocket Monkeys: "Destroy All Bananas!"
  • Andrew Duncan and Clint Butler, Slugterra: "Slug Fu Showdown, Pt. 2"


Non-fiction program or series Original score for a program
Original score for a series


Children's or youth Comedy
Documentary Dramatic program or miniseries
  • Blue ribbon
    Nadine Pequeneza, 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story
  • Ryszard Hunka, Decoding Desire
  • Rob Ruzic, Mugshot
  • Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Dana Schoel, Sol
  • Colin McNeil, Sticks and Stones
Drama series Factual program or series
  • Blue ribbon
    Alex Levine, Orphan Black: "Scarred by Many Past Frustrations"
  • Jesse McKeown, 19-2: "Orphans"
  • Nikolijne Troubetzkoy and Bruce M. Smith, 19-2: "Borders"
  • Graeme Manson, Orphan Black: "The Weight of This Combination"
  • Denis McGrath, X Company: "Quislings"
Lifestyle or reality/competition program or series Variety or sketch comedy program or series
Animated program or series

Digital media

Original Interactive Production Original Program or Series, Fiction
Original Program or Series, Non-Fiction Performance in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media
Cross-Platform Project, Fiction Cross-Platform Project, Non-Fiction
  • Blue ribbon
    CBC News: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
  • Dino Hunt Canada Interactive
  • Dive Deeper
  • Favela United
  • The Great Human Odyssey Interactive
Cross-Platform Project, Children's

Multiple nominations and awards

Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Show
11 Room
8 Hyena Road
7 Our Loved Ones
5 Endorphine
Felix and Meira
3 Brooklyn
Films that received multiple awards
Awards Film
9 Room
3 Hyena Road
2 Brooklyn
Shows that received multiple nominations
Nominations Show
15 Schitt's Creek
13 Orphan Black
12 19-2
The Book of Negroes
Mr. D
9 Motive
8 CBC News: The National
X Company
7 2015 Pan Am Games
the fifth estate
Young Drunk Punk
6 2015 IIHF World Junior Gold Medal Game
The Second City Project
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
5 The Amazing Race Canada
Kept Woman
Numb Chucks
Odd Squad
Strange Empire
Shows that received multiple awards
Awards Show
11 The Book of Negroes
9 Schitt's Creek
7 Orphan Black
6 The Amazing Race Canada
4 Degrassi
3 19-2
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
2015 IIHF World Junior Gold Medal Game
Rick Mercer Report
Songs of Freedom

Special awards

Several special awards were given:[8][9]