Inaugural Golden Maple awards celebrate Canadian talent making it in the U.S.
Graceland's Brandon Jay McLaren and Silicon Valley's Amanda Crew among honourees
The inaugural Canadian Golden Maple Awards were handed out in Los Angeles Wednesday, appropriately enough on Canada Day.
The awards celebrate Canadian talent from the worlds of entertainment and sports, who are making their mark south of the border.
The winners are:
- Graceland's Brandon Jay McLaren for best actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S.
- Silicon Valley's Amanda Crew for best actress in a TV series
- Schitt's Creek and 12 Monkeys' Emily Hampshire and New Girl's Meaghan Rath share the Newcomer of the year award
- Former NBA basketball player and Canadian actor Rick Fox, was honoured with the 2015 Maple of Excellence for outstanding athlete/actor crossover award
- Canadian CrossFit champion Lucas Parker won the 2015 Maple of Excellence for outstanding athlete
The winners are decided on by members of the newly formed Academy of Canadians in Sports & Entertainment - Los Angeles. ACISE-LA, is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization, created the Golden Maple Awards to boost the profile of Canadian talent.