Broadcast live on Thursday, March 10, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC, the 31st ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS are shaping up to be the most star-studded and fan-focused Awards yet. CBC Television and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television proudly welcome the exciting line-up of presenters and special guests set to join host William Shatner in the Nation’s Capital at the fantastic National Art’s Centre to help celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in Canadian movies.

There are many categories, including Best Motion Picture, with 10 ½, Les amours imaginaires, Barney’s Version, Incendies and Splice competing this year. I for one am so looking forward to Canadian icon William Shatner as the host of the event. The guy is a legend and hilarious, and I think one thing we learned from the Oscars is to leave the hosting duties to the comedians….amirite?

The star-studded Awards will kick-off with a highly-anticipated musical performance by Grammy® and Academy Award®-winner Melissa Etheridge and three time JUNO Award-winner Serena Ryder. Exclusive to the 31st ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS, the talented duo will take the stage for the first time together on television to perform their new duet, “Broken Heart Sun”. I just love Serena and Melissa- these women are inspirational and I can’t wait to see them together.

I will be there checking out the beauty and fashion looks and doing some live tweeting so follow me on Twitter @daly_beauty for live updates! Canadians are known for their cool fashion vibe and I can’t wait to see how we bring it to the Genies.

Ottawa’s Samantha Moonsammy of Starfish Events has put together the VIP Celebrity Gift Lounge is offering the Official 2011 Gift Bag valued at over $1200 with gifting and pre-show beauty services in a beautiful whimsical space honouring the past. A few unique features include entertainment by The Goodluck Assembly and a vintage film screening by First Kiss Films.  Canadian brands such as We Vibe, iStyle Originals, CLAIM, Kania and Lisabel Art will have on-location gifting stations.  Female presenters can also be styled with Stella & Dot jewelry for the night of the Genie awards. These gift bags sound amazing and feature goodies from MAC cosmetics (official sponsor of Genies), Dermalogica, Mont Source,  and the delicious Green & Black organic chocolate. 

Gifting and Pre-Show Beauty Services will be provided by:

Barbados Tourism Authority
Billings Bridge
Bode Spa
First Kiss Films
Geek Sweets
Goodluck Assembly
Green & Organics
Hilton Barbados
iStyle Originals
John Frieda
Lisabel Gallery
Little Cakes
Let’s Bring Back
MAC Cosmetics
Mont Source
Photobook Canada
Stella & Dot
Valley Girl Naturals
Vitamin Water
We Vibe

2011 Genie Awards, Ottawa