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Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA) Elan Awards and Jazz Baby at Beyond Lounge

Feb 15, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Voice actor/writer Seth MacFarlane, otherwise known as Peter, Stewie and Brian the dog on TV's hit series Family Guy, was the perfect choice as a host for last Friday's 2nd annual Elan Awards. The red carpet event and awards show was all part of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA) which honours animators, voice actors, video game producers and more. A VIP reception at the Sutton Place Hotel was followed by the awards at the Centre for Performing Arts where MacFarlane didn't disappoint. He closed out the show by calling on his alter-ego Stewie to sing a song thus ending the evening on a high note. And speaking of high notes, sultry singer Karen Holness and her Jazz Baby band were featured in more ways than one this weekend. The group, who just performed at Century Plaza's Beyond Restaurant and Lounge, will soon be featured on ET Canada who was in town to film song segments on Saturday night. Could a Juno be far away?

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elan_awards_002 Michelle Yatco, left, and Judy Brooks, from Blo hair salon, are responsible for making the Elan presenters look extra glam.
elan_awards_003 Elan preseter and voice-over nominee Janyse Jaud looks red hot at the Sutton Place VIP reception.
elan_awards_005 jPod actor Torrence Coombs and actress Lynda Boyd get ready to present to the winners at the Elans.
elan_awards_006 Presenting the Elan award for video art direction are Intelligence actress Camille Sullivan and co-presenter Mackenzie Gray.
elan_awards_008 April Amber Telek, of Flight 93 fame, is no stranger to the screen and is thrilled to be an Elan presenter.
elan_awards_011 Swimsuit designer Anna Kostorova's suits are featured on the cover of February's Sports Illustrated. She and movie money man Neal Clarance celebrate at the Elan VIP party.
elan_awards_012 Pretty presenters are part of every good awards show. Elan presenters/actresses Shaina Unger, left, Crystal Lowe, Donna Mei-Ling Park and Chelan Simmons bring some reality to the virtual game world.
elan_awards_015 Voice-over actor and radio personality David Kaye, left, chats with Elan Host and fellow nominee Seth MacFarlane, from Family Guy fame, who is much nicer and far more handsome than any of his cartoon alter-egos.
jazz_baby_001 Canadian Rap artist Maestro Fresh Wes stops by Beyond lounge to wish Karen Holness and her Jazz Baby group good luck on their upcoming ET Canada feature.
jazz_baby_003 Beautiful Lynn Wigen, left, and DeAnna Weir are big Jazz Baby fans who stop by Beyond to take in the tunes.
jazz_baby_007 Going above and Beyond - staffers Stephanie Fricker and Craig McNair are always supportive of live music at their chic Century Plaza ultra lounge.



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