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Hamza Haq in Transplant. Photo: Yan Turcotte, Courtesy of CTV

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Keep Canada on our Screens

Our call to action for 2020
By David Sparrow

Last year we had an impressive show of ACTRA advocacy on behalf of performers and the arts in Canada. Alongside our domestic producers and creators, we’ll continue our work with our new Parliament to Keep Canada on our Screens.

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ACTRA performers set the stage for 2020

By Marie Kelly

Content creation is in demand and that includes your performances. Hear how our agreements set the stage for our power as a union

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Transplanted

By Sugith Varughese

Transplant stars Hamza Haq and Ayisha Issa talk about being cast in the new Montreal-shot CTV series and about being diverse performers in Canada.

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State of Gay:
Being Queer in ACTRA & on Canadian TV

By David Gale
Queer performers in our union have had enough of the status quo and are looking for change, now.
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SPOTLIGHT ON SHAWN BAICHOO:
A Renaissance man, a chameleon, a name

By Tristan D. Lalla

This candid interview helps us understand what it takes to be one of the videogame industry’s hardest-working performers.

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Catherine O’Hara
2020 ACTRA National Award of Excellence

Catherine shares her advice for comedic performers, the actors who have been the most fun to work with and how people are just funny whether they know it or not.

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Applause

Celebrating our members’ recent achievements including Marshall Bingham, Ben Cotton, Jonathan Dubsky, Lesley Ewen, Noreen Golfman, Jean Freeman, Andy Jones, Ruth Lawrence, Erin Mathews, Daniel Rindress-Kay, Michelle Thrush, Steven Roberts, Nathaniel Shuker, Camille Sullivan, Mel Tuck, Jean Yoon and Eli Zagoudakis.

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Farewells

John Evans
Ken Gorin
Margo MacKinnon

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ACTRA Magazine Winter 2020 issue
ACTRA magazine is the official online publication of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), a Canadian union of performers affiliated to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the International Federation of Actors (FIA).

EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
Lisa Blanchette, Francine Deschepper, Ferne Downey, Marie Kelly, Keith Martin Gordey, Carol Taverner, David Sparrow, Theresa Tova, Oleg Tischenkov.

CONTRIBUTORS
Shawn Baichoo, Lisa Blanchette, Max Bygraves, Marlene Cahill, Randy Duniz, David Gale, Hamza Haq, Ayisha Issa, Marie Kelly, Emma Kitchen, Tristan D. Lalla, Simon MacIntyre, Kiley May, Jennifer McGibbon, Catherine O'Hara, Anna Scollan, David Sparrow, Alison Stewart, Katharine King So, Joanne Vannicola, Sugith Varughese, Tony Walsh, Karen Woolridge.

All contents are copyright © 2020 ACTRA. All rights are reserved and contents, in whole or in part may be reprinted without permission. The points of view expressed do not necessarily represent those of ACTRA.