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Artist Voice


Time: 12:30 - 14:00

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Panelists: Mary Walsh interviewed by Kim Stockwood


The Artist Voice is a one-on-one in-depth, intimate interview with a celebrity artist whose body of work and career has touched the lives and work of Canadian presenters and their audiences. This year CAPACOA welcomes the venerable actress and comedienne Mary Walsh, interviewed by East-coast singer/songwriter and media personality Kim Stockwood.

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Mary Walsh

Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Mary Walsh's first job in show business was working as a summer replacement radio announcer for the CBC. Through that position, she was offered a part in a local play and then joined the Newfoundland Travelling Theatre Company (NTTC), where she worked with Andy Jones, Cathy Jones, Tommy Sexton, Greg Malone, Robert Joy and Diane Olsen.

Walsh has been ubiquitous on Canadian television including numerous recent appearances on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, that recently included one that caused a sensation when she ambushed the Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford. She has appeared diversely in both drama and comedy in such series as the award winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching that she both wrote and starred in, Mary Walsh: Open Book, DaVinci: The Quality of Life, and as a guest star on the 300th episode of  Royal Canadian Air Farce  (as Marg Delahunty), Murdoch Mysteries, The Wind In The Willows for Masterpiece Theatre on the BBC, the very first episode of The Republic Of Doyle as Miranda Cahill, The Duchess of George Street and many more.

Walsh has honorary degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Trent University, McGill University, University of Prince Edward Island, and Mount Saint Vincent University. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and in 2012 she received a Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.


Kim Stockwood

Accomplished artist Kim Stockwood’s remarkable talent, versatility and personality have kept her in the public eye for over a decade. As a performer, Kim is a Juno and ECMA multi-award-winning artist, with smash hits like "Jerk" and "Happy Baby", with pop supergroup Shaye.  As a personality, Kim has played host to the Junos, EZ Rock Morning Show and Entertainment Tonight Canada, to name a few.



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