CBC News’s coverage of the Syrian conflict, investigative program the fifth estate and CBC Music’s cross-country road trip highlighting Canadian musicians at each stop were all honoured on the first night of the Canadian Screen Awards.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television awarded trophies in 47 categories in Toronto Tuesday night, at a gala hosted by comedian Steve Patterson that focused on news, sports, documentary, lifestyle, reality and digital media categories.

CBC picked up 12 awards, including:

Noted Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin was also among the evening’s honourees, sharing the Donald Brittain Award for best social/political documentary program with Ravida Din for their film The People of the Kattawapiskak River, which aired on TVO.

Other winners included the TVO production The Defector: Escape from North Korea, Food Network Canada’s show You Gotta Eat Here, TSN’s coverage of the Grey Cup and the CTV reality show The Amazing Race Canada.

The Canadian Screen Awards continue on Wednesday with a gala highlighting drama, children’s/youth, comedy and variety programming.

The awards culminate Sunday evening with a televised gala hosted by comedy legend Martin Short and broadcast live by CBC-TV at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT.