A night of celebrations at the TARA Awards Show

Peter Argyrofovlos, Philip Tsekouras, Rachel Falzon, Jordan Rudder, Keenan MacWilliam, Erfan Hashempour and Melad Abou Al-Ghanam of Push Pictures with their TARA Award for Best Practicum.

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[T]he 34th annual TARA awards show that celebrates the achievements of Ryerson’s prestigious Radio and Television Arts program was held April 5 at the Tiff Bell Lightbox.

Hosted by actor and comedian Gibson Lubin, the night was filled with laughs and celebrity guests such as TV and radio host Josie Dye, actress Charlotte Arnold and musician Deadmau5.

18 awards were handed out this year and the winners were selected by industry professionals in Canadian media field. “[We] need you guys to succeed because you guys are the future,” Lubin said to the crowd of students.

The Captain’s Daughter, created by Justin Black’s Bananas Productions, had an impressive night winning three awards. The Captain’s Daughter received awards for Best Cinematography, Best Directing and Best Post-Production.

The animation The Meek, The Mad and The Misinformed, a crowd favourite, created by Kool Koala Productions picked up two awards for Best Animation and Most Creative Production. All joking and acceptance speeches aside Lubin said that the winners were actually very humbled. “You’ve got to have a love for it,” said Lubin.

After a touching slideshow of the graduating class, backed by a live performance of Juno Award nominee Peter Katz, it was announced that the highly sought-after award for Best Practicum went to Push Picture’s Hunting Season.

However, the TARA awards are not about winners and losers, it’s about rewarding and showcasing the efforts of the students. “The hard work always wins. That’s not to say that the other nominees didn’t work hard but it’s about being encouraged to do the hard work.”

Tamara Jones