Since the inception of Twenty York Street Blog, we have been privileged to be invited to so many exciting fashion, lifestyle and charity events in the city! Today, I woke up giddy beyond words as I have been invited to the much publicized event in Ottawa – the 31st Genie Awards!

It is not everyday that you receive an exclusive invitation from Starfish Creative Events + Inspiration to a media tour of the Celebrity Gift Lounge: a gifting and pre-show beauty services lounge set in an intricately designed whimsical space at ARC the hotel.  A few unique features in the lounge include entertainment by The Goodluck Assembly and a vintage film screening by First Kiss Films.

Hosted by an iconic legend in the industry, Captain James Tiberius Kirk himself – William Shatner, the 31st Genie Awards will be broadcasted live from the nation’s capital on Thursday, March 10th at 8:00 pm EST on CBC. The magnificent National Art Centre will welcome special guests attending the 31st ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS, which include Canadian screen legends Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her) and Rémy Girard (Incendies), Bruce Greenwood (Barney’s Version), young stars Jodelle Ferland (Twilight Eclipse) and Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos and Jian Ghomeshi, Zaib Shaikh (Midnight’s Children), Genie Award Best Actor nominee Jay Baruchel (The Trotsky) and many more.

I am looking forward to hear the Canadian-born media heavyweight Bonnie Fuller speak as she will also take part in the celebration with an exciting live presentation of the User’s Choice Award winner.

Do you want to know what’s in the coveted celebrity swag bags valued at over $1200? I’ll be sure to take lots of photos to share with you! Canadian brands such as We Vibe, iStyle Originals, CLAIM, Kania,, Photobook Canada and Lisabel Art will have on-location gifting stations and we are also looking forward to see Barbados Tourism Authority, Pook, Valley Girl Naturals, Mont Source, M·A·C Cosmetics, Dermalogica and John Frieda! A book by Lesley Blume, Let’s Bring Back, a beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of nostalgia, is being given away to reminds us what we are missing from the delightful trappings of bygone eras. 

I won’t lie to ya, I am personally excited to see the sweet creations of these highly regarded specialty dessert and chocolate experts: Green & Black’s Organic, Little Cakes and Geek Sweets!

Here’s a li’l sneak peak into the world of the Genie Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge:


Stella & Dot

Stella & Dot is celebrity-coveted boutique style jewelry designed in New York and San Francisco by award winning trendsetters! The irresistible jewelry has garnered rave reviews and massive media coverage. Their statement pieces are the ultimate outfit maker and will turn every head in the room!        Twitter: stelladot

Bodé Spa
BODÉ Spa is giving the gift of luxurious relaxation to Genie Awards celebrities and VIP guests.  With private in-room and gift lounge spa services all Genie Awards presenters will have a chance to un-wind upon their arrival to Ottawa before the red carpet events.           Twitter: BodeSpa

Valley Girl Naturals
Valley Girl Naturals creates 100% natural body and fragrance products using pure ingredients and plant oils, which nourish, heal and help make our environments a healthy living space. Created by Tammy Prescott who lives in Pembroke – the Ottawa Valley, all creations are handmade in small batches with the purest ingredients to ensure freshness and quality.


 Canada’s newest and coolest winter fashion line. The Pook Toque has been proudly worn by fun loving people and celebs of all ages (from Justin Beiber to Danny Glover). Known as the thousands of toques in one, always have a Pook Toque on hand for whatever occasion may arise. For the Genie’s, black tie affair, we suggest the reversed “executive” style, for the after party, the “Classic” look for the gentlemen, and perhaps the “Princess Lea” for the ladies.         Twitter: POOKTOQUE

Photobook Canada

With the enclosed gift card, celebrities can turn their Genie Awards memories into a beautiful album by Photobook Canada. It’s latest Pro Series collection of books will showcase your beautiful photographs across high-end lasting paper, finished with your choice of imported material and title stamping on your cover.          Twitter: @PhotobookCanada

Lounge Contributors of the  2011 STARFISH Celebrity Gift Lounge are the following generous sponsors:

Beverage                                Vitamin Water

Catering                                  Kinki/Mambo

Entertainment                       The Goodluck Assembly

Event Design Rentals            Details Ottawa

Flowers                                    Flowers Talk

Interior Design                       Blu Dot interiors

Swag Bag/Signage                 Billings Bridge

Vintage Cinema                     First Kiss Films

It has been an extraordinary year for Canadian cinema – Canadian films and filmmakers have garnered critical acclaim, accolades, and awards from around the world that the 31st Genie Awards is the perfect occassion to honour them. I will be tweeting live from the Red Carpet tomorrow and will be sharing with you all the fun and fashion so stay tuned for more! 

Twenty York Street would like to wholeheartedly thank Samantha Moonsammy of STARFISH creative events + Inspiration for providing us with this opporunity and CBC Entertainment for giving us access to the Blogger Bar at the Red Carpet!

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