Lifetime Achievement 2018 Black Tie Award winner Norm Jackson, left, poses with Bruce Williams after joking that the two have often been mistaken for one another and must be secret twins. (Mark Margerison/Highlight Studio)

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Black tie awards coming in May from the Chemainus Theatre

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Black Tie Awards in a virtual format on May 4, hosted from the Chemainus Theatre.

The chamber postponed the 2020 Black Tie Awards last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release, the chamber said it had hoped to hold a live event this year, but the ongoing pandemic means it will be a virtual event.

Luckily, the Chemainus Theatre is poised to tackle a virtual event, having recently received funding from Island Coastal Economic Trust’s Small Capital Grant program to support live-streaming technology.

The funding has enabled the Chemainus Theatre to embark on a project to capture, record, edit and live-stream broadcast, digital video content of their new “Playbill Presents” series.

In its virtual incarnation, the Black Tie Awards will take on a late-night talk show format, with four live hosts and live musical accompaniment, combined with a mix of pre-recorded content as well as remote video feed of the 27 awards finalists and the Lifetime Achievement Honouree.

“With their upgraded technical capabilities and their renowned talent and expertise in all things theatrical, we’re confident this virtual event will be dynamic and entertaining,” said Sonja Nagel, the chamber’s executive director.

“While the logistics are still being worked out, and we’ll miss the buzz of a live audience, we’re excited with this new format and looking forward to the added flair that the Chemainus Theatre team will undoubtedly contribute to the proceedings.”

The Black Tie Awards is scheduled to stream live on the evening of Tuesday, May 4, and all members of the community are invited to view the awards celebration from the comfort of their living rooms.

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