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The Legacy Awards will give the inaugural trophies to Andre de Grasse, Kayla Gray and Fabienne Colas, organizers announced Friday.
The new awards show, set up by brothers Shameier Anderson and Stephen James through their organization The Black Academy, aims to honor Black Canadian talent, and will present its first round of awards this weekend.
Track sprinter de Grasse is a six-time Olympic medalist, and took home three medals — bronze, silver and gold — at the Games in 2022. He was the first Canadian to do so. After winning that gold, he also became the first Canadian to win the men’s 200 meters in 93 years, since Canadian track star Percy Williams’ performance in 1928.
A news release said de Grasse would receive Athlete of the Year for “his achievement in sport in Canada … and his contribution to Black Canadian identity”.
Kayla Gray, a TV host and co-executive producer of SportCentre’s shift with kayla grayJahmiel will receive the French Award. The trophy, which was named after the late Canadian actor best known for his role in Degrassi: The Next Generation, A “rising star” is honored in the Canadian media world.
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Grey, who became the first black woman to host a major sports highlights show when she assumed her current role in 2018, was singled out for “her unmistakable talent and activism.”
And actor, filmmaker and film-festival founder Fabien Kolas will receive The Visionnaire Award. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Kolas has since become the manager of seven independent film festivals in Canada and the United States through her Fabienne Colas Foundation.
It was also announced that there were additional cast members for the awards on Friday, which airs Sunday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC Gem. They are Fefe Dobson, Randall Adzei, Melanie Fiona, Shantel May and Alicia Mighty. Jordan Alexander, Amanda Bruegel and Tyrone Edwards were announced as additional presenters.
The previously announced cast includes Deborah Cox, Cardinal Official and Julie Black.
“The inaugural Legacy Awards will see the culmination of a big dream that Stephen and I had years ago,” Shamir Anderson said in a news release.
“For us, this is not just a moment; the Black Academy is working year-round to honor and empower Black Canadians and to ensure that the younger generation is inspired by all of the incredible Black talent this country has to offer.”
For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians—from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community—check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.