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2009 Genie Awards Contest with The Uptown Giftbox Company

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 2:57pm PDT
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This weekend the 29th annual Genie Awards will be handed out in over 20 categories to the best in Canadian film. To celebrate these Canadian Oscars in style I’ll be running a quick contest thanks to the Uptown Giftbox Company.

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This year’s shining stars at the Genies include Passchendaele – leading the pack in nominations with Best Motion Picture, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Gross) , Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Costume Design, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Achievement in Overall Sound, and Achievement in Sound Editing. The Stone Angel follows with nominations for Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Music – Original Score, and Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn). Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth is also nominated for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Preity Zinta) and Original Screenplay.

Following their great performance at the Juno Awards, the Uptown Giftbox Company has offered up one of their famous gift boxes to one lucky reader. The winner of my contest will receive the same goodies as the Genie Award VIPs including:

  • Ultra-hip Boris Brothers shopping bag, made from recycled outdoor ad banners
  • A one-year subscription to the thought-provoking NUVO magazine
  • Aan innovative tea glass for enjoying loose-leaf tea on the go from Libre-Tea
  • Delicious tea from British Columbia’s venerable Murchie’s Tea & Coffee Ltd.
  • Mink Chocolates
  • A stylish, eco-friendly bag from Possum
  • To enter the contest, leave a comment below with the name of a Canadian film (short, animated, full-length etc.) and you could win this gift pack.


    Showcasing our homegrown talent on all levels not only celebrates those who are established, but opens doors for many up-and-comers in the industry. This year, more than any other, I have had the proud opportunity to view an abundance of Canadian movies both individually, at media screenings, as a part of a festival, or with the First Weekend Club.

    The 2009 Genie Awards are hosted by Dave Foley on Saturday April 4th, 2009, and will broadcast from Ottawa at 9:00pm ET on Global TV and IFC. The prize winner will be drawn first thing Monday morning, April 5th 2009.

    Update: I’m upping the ante and including one of my “Show me your Tweets” shirts (courtesy of 6S Marketing) in the prize pack. Bonus entry for anyone who re-tweets this contest (here’s a Twitter-friendly URL to use:

    Update: The contest is now closed and the winner is Karen G!

    Current contests on


    1. Lee says:

      I don’t know if it’s nominated but One Week is a fun Canadian roadtrip/soul search movie.

    2. Miss604 says:

      @ Lee – Not sure, but I think One Week may have come out too late to be considered for this year’s awards – maybe for 2010. I can’t believe I still haven’t seen it either (it was sold out every time I went to go see it – even with a pass).

    3. Patrick says:

      I really enjoyed One Week with Joshua Jackson, I saw it a couple times in the theatres ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. Erin Hochstein says:

      Best Canadian Documentary – My Winnipeg

    5. Mehnaz says:

      Heaven on Earth – love Deepa Mehta’s work

    6. JB in Van says:

      One Week is a movie that I am eagerly waiting to see as well. I have heard great reviews and the scenery from Toronto to Tofino is supposed to be amazing!
      I am also looking forward to viewing “Normal”, which has 4 nominations for the Genies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    7. VancityAllie says:

      I love love love love Mink chocolate. Seriously! Mmmmm.

    8. Jenny says:

      Passchendale is a good one. I am also looking forward to seeing One Week.

    9. Adrienne Lindsay says:

      Just saw Polytechnique @ Tinseltown. Beautifully shot and gently told. Before that, One Week. Ditto. But in a totally different way. Love Canadian film – it’s just so… Canadian!

    10. Jer says:

      I want to check out Up the Yangtze, which is nominated for best documentary.

    11. Nicole says:

      Bon Cop Bad Cop – pretty funny and I love that even my strictly anglo-friends wouldn’t need the subtitles for the whole film.

    12. Chris says:

      I really wanted to see Passchendaele when it was out, but never got around to it. Mind you, I would have been heading to it alone as Marnie is definitely not into such a flick.

      Anywho, on a similar slant to that of Nicole, I’m a fan of Men with Brooms – mint Canadian comedy and it’s about curling. What more could you want?

    13. Adrienne says:

      I loved “Wendy & Lucy” – a really great film that really moved me.

    14. Tristen says:

      Have to say “Eastern Promises” An amazing performance by Viggo Mortensen! I wish he won the Oscar that year.

    15. deni says:

      Haven’t watched “The Stone Angel” yet, but really enjoyed the book. Nice to see quality Canadian Lit made in to a film.

    16. Jen says:

      I am not sure if this has to be in this year’s Genie Awards but I loved The Corporation which is a past award winner. Sarah Polley has to be one of my favourite Canadian Directors and she did brilliant work with Away from Her.

    17. Jonni says:

      Wendy and Lucy is a great film.

    18. Jonni says:

      Thank you

    19. Jen says:

      I really enjoyed Young People F*****g and Elephant Shoes (short film from a few years back). I have no idea how or why Canadians are so good at films about sex, but I’m glad they (we) are ๐Ÿ™‚

    20. luc says:

      The Stone Angel, but I liked the book more.

    21. Lee says:

      By the looks of the comments, maybe One Week will be nominated next year! Fun movie.

    22. BlissfulGirl says:

      The Stone Angel … it was a favourite book for years and now its a favourite movie. Brilliant!

    23. Susan says:

      The Stone Angel has my vote, too – awesome!

    24. Crystal says:

      The Stone Angel was beautifully done.

    25. Lyndsey says:

      Heaven On Earth

    26. Ryan says:

      The Stone Angel

    27. Gabrielle says:

      Now if I wasn’t sponsoring this contest, I would so put my name in just because of the ‘Show me your tweets’ shirt! I noticed it on your photos from the JUNOs recently, and thought to myself…hmmm, gotta get me one of those. Better yet, made me think I should design a Twitter-themed giftbox!

    28. Nicole says:

      I really enjoyed Passchendaele.

    29. Margaret says:

      The Stone Angel was an excellent read!! sO i WILL HAVE TO GO WITH THAT ONE! tHANKS;)

    30. I’ll take “Passchendale” for the gift basket ๐Ÿ™‚

    31. Rachel says:

      The Stone Angel

    32. Jessica says:

      The Stone Angel!

    33. Gloria says:

      Passchendale is a good one.

    34. Barnabas C says:


    35. Sofia Garcia says:

      The Stone Angel!

    36. Lesley says:

      Nominated this year: Fugitive Pieces. Set in World War 2, it’s a coming of age story adapted from a novel by Anne Michael.

    37. Angela says:


    38. Alfredo says:

      The Stone Angel

    39. […] first heard about Libre when I was running my contest for the Genie Gift Box. I finally met Wendy of Libre recently and learned a bit more about her […]

    40. I heard Up the Yangtze was nominated, i was wondering where i can see this film

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