Jason Priestley to receive the ACTRA National Award of Excellence

What a wonderful way to start off the New Year - if you're Jason Priestly! The Canadian actor, director and author has been chosen to receive the prestigious ACTRA National Award of Excellence – the highest honour from the Canadian performer's union.

Jason, 45, finds himself in good company – previous honourees include Kiefer Sutherland, Sandra Oh and Schitt’s Creek star Eugene Levy – and will receive his award at a special reception in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, three weeks ahead of the 13th annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto in February.

Besides hosting Canada’s Walk of Fame gala, the father of two has been drumming up plenty of buzz in the past 12 months thanks to his 2014 autobiography, Jason Priestley: A Memoir, which chronicles the highs and lows of his life and career. Additionally, he received his first Canadian Screen Award last year for his role in Call Me Fitz.

Meanwhile, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists will celebrate a range of homegrown talent at its 13th annual awards show gala held at the Carlu hotel on Feb. 20 in Toronto.

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At last year's event, Rick Roberts took home the award for Outstanding Performance – Male for his portrayal of late NDP leader Jack Layton in Jack, while Seed star Amanda Brugel won Outstanding Performance - Female for her role in Sex After Kids.

This year’s nominees include Tatiana Maslany for her multiple roles in the sci-fi series Orphan Black and comedian Gavin Crawford for his turn as a transgendered Adam in the bittersweet comedy Two 4 One. Arisa Cox is slated to host the event.

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