2019 Woman of the Year
Jayne Eastwood

The Equity Showcase Cayle Woman of the Year Award recognises a female artist’s creative , civic or mentorship contribution to the performing and or media arts.

On May 15, 2019, The Equity Showcase Cayle Chernin Awards, Toronto, joyfully presented the inaugural 2019 Woman of the Year Award to Jayne Eastwood, the Canadian character actor with 50 years’ experience acting in film, TV, stage and voicing animation. Ms. Eastwood and Cayle Chernin’s careers started in the Canadian classic Goin’ Down the Road, 1969. Cayle’s last film was Down The Road Again, 2011. This is the 50th anniversary of the film.

Ms. Eastwood’s film career started memorably in 1970 with Don Shebib’s Canadian film classic Goin’ Down the Road. She reprised the role of Betty in Down the Road Again in 2011 with Cayle’s Solange. Jayne has hundreds of screen titles to her credit in films such as Chicago, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hairspray. Her TV work is extensive with recurring roles in SCTV, two of George Walker’s series: This is Wonderland and Living in Your Car, King of Kensington, Bizarre, Billable Hours, Train 48, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Riverdale, Annedroids, Material World, Haven and in Sinking Ship’s Dino Dan and Dino Dana. In 1998 she won a Gemini award for her work in Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story. Jayne is also a busy voice actor, her distinctive voice easily recognizable in titles such as The Care Bears Movie, Scaredy Squirrel, For Better or Worse, Bob and Margaret, Jo Jo’s Circus, among others too numerous to mention. She won a Gemini award for voicing Aunt Agatha in Noddy and Friends in 1999. She won an ACTRA Award for Best Actress in 1976, the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in 1999 and the Dave Broadfoot Canadian Comedy Award in 2011. She has teamed up with Kathryn Greenwood, Robin Duke and Teresa Pavlinek in Women Fully Clothed which received a 2005 nomination for a Canadian Comedy Award for best sketch troupe. She is an inspiration to her fellow Canadian performers for having crafted a successful and well-rounded career while remaining in Canada. She continues to call Ontario home saying in an interview in ACTRA Toronto’s Performers magazine (Fall 2011), “I love this damn country.”

ACTRA Toronto President and 2019 Cayle Awards co-host Theresa Tova said of Jayne when presenting the 2019 ACTRA Award of Excellence to her:  “Throughout her stellar career Jayne has moved effortlessly from comedy to drama, but comedy remains her magnetic north. We are grateful to Jayne for lending us her star power to lobby politicians at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill for more Canadian content on our screens, a cause dear to Jayne’s heart. Jayne is not only an actor’s actor but also a crowd favourite who’s routinely recognized by members of the public and politicians alike. We are so proud to honour Jayne Eastwood this year.” We couldn’t agree more. So…

For Jayne’s commitment to her craft and country, her generosity, grace and willingness to pass on the secrets of life as an artist we are proud to honour Jayne Eastwood as the Equity Showcase Cayle Chernin Awards   2019 Woman of the Year!