|6:00pm – 7:30pm
|7:30pm – 10:30pm
Awards Ceremony and Dinner Banquet
Formal (tuxedo/business suit/long gown/cocktail dress)
With his extensive pop culture knowledge and an innate ability to ease his guests into intimate and candid conversation, Tyrone Edwards brings his expertise to Canada’s most-watched entertainment program as the anchor of Etalk. A versatile presenter and interviewer, he brings a passion for connecting with people and helping them to share their stories with the world.
Edwards began his television career as the host of RapCity, before becoming a host on Much and E!, where he also hosted the Much ICONS social media series and co-hosted the Golden Globes for E!. Among his various roles since then, Edwards was an Etalk reporter, co-hosted the TSN original social media series 6IX Degrees, and hosted CTV Life Channel’s original cooking series, DNA Dinners. In addition to his years of hosting experience, Edwards has also interviewed some of the world’s most talked-about celebrities, including Spike Lee, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and more.
Off screen, Tyrone is heavily involved in mental health advocacy and his community. Besides acting as a mentor and coach for underserved youth, he is also an ambassador for the walk-in mental health clinic at Yorktown Family Services. Having grown up the same Toronto neighbourhood that the organization serves, he recognizes its important role in the community. Most recently, in collaboration with Lifetime Developments’ Brian Brown and graphic artist Ben Johnston, Edwards kickstarted See You Soon Toronto— a charitable organization offering limited edition apparel and art, with all of the proceeds going back to COVID-19 relief efforts. Prior to that, Edwards founded Concrete Hoops, a not-for-profit basketball camp that aims to incorporate life skills with the love of the game.
In honour of his work as a television host and with numerous charities and foundations supporting underserved youth, Edwards received the 2016 Mandela Legacy Hope, Success, and Empowerment Award, alongside Naomi Campbell, and Reverend Al Sharpton.
Ascension Groove Band delivers high energy, show stopping live musical entertainment for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, galas, private and corporate events. Simply put they ROCK THE HOUSE! Founded and led by Joe Palawan, they are comprised of some of the best singers and talent in the Toronto music industry and regarded as one of the city’s premiere wedding and corporate bands. They have performed on Broadway and have had club and chart success Europe, Asia and the Middle East, to the luxury cruise lines of the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Alaska Panhandle.
Known for the authentic sounds of Motown, R&B, Soul Funk, Jazz and Rock, they are also on the pulse of what’s new and current in today’s market. Ascension Groove Band also performs in Italian and Spanish. They strive to create an immersed experience for clients that are of the highest caliber. Whether you want a soloist or an 11 piece superband fronted by 3 stellar vocalists and a “killer” horn section for your wedding or event, Ascension Groove Band not only provides great music but will cater to your specific needs and create a customized package for you which includes a photographer/videographer at a preferred rate, professional sound, lighting and DJ services so you don’t have to hire another music provider. We can make a playlist of the songs that you want to hear between breaks.