|Born||December 4, 1968|
Point La Nim, New Brunswick
|Died||December 25, 2021 (aged 53)|
Candy Palmater (December 4, 1968 – December 25, 2021) was a Canadian actress, comedienne, and broadcaster. She was the creator and writer of her own national television show for APTN, The Candy Show, and hosted the daily interview series The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio One in summer 2016.
Palmater was born December 4, 1968, in Point La Nim, New Brunswick, and grew up the youngest of seven children. She attended Dalhousie Regional High School, where she was active in sports. Her father was Mi'kmaq and her mother was white. She was a member of the Eel River Bar First Nation.
She was inspired by the legal failures of the Donald Marshall Jr. case and in 1996, she went to Dalhousie University in Halifax to study Law at Dalhousie Law School, where she graduated in 1999 as the valedictorian of her class. She was the first Aboriginal law student in Canada to be valedictorian of her graduating class, and was president of the Dalhousie Aboriginal Law Students Association.
She got a job with the now-defunct law firm Patterson Palmer Hunt Murphy, but soon realized she didn't want to practice corporate law, and subsequently left her job and began working for the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
She was a regular contributor to CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera, a regular columnist on The Next Chapter, and an interim host of Q, and was a columnist for the now defunct Halifax newspaper The Daily News, where she wrote a series for Mi'kmaq History Month.
CBC Newsworld did a one-hour documentary on Palmater titled The Candy Show. It was produced and directed by Mary Munson in Halifax. The executive producer was Renée Pellerin.
The Candy Show is also the title of a regular comedy series that airs on APTN. Palmater was also a regular performer on the comedy club circuit in Canada, as well as a frequent host of entertainment galas and events.
Palmater produced her first film, Building Legends: The Mi'Kmaq Canoe Project, in 2011.
Her daily CBC Radio summer series The Candy Palmater Show debuted on May 30, 2016. Following the end of that show's run, she did another stint as guest host of Q for several weeks in September and October, between the departure of Shad and the debut of permanent new host Tom Power. In 2017 she was a panelist on Canada Reads, advocating for Katherena Vermette's novel The Break.
Palmater died at her home in Toronto on December 25, 2021, at the age of 53. Shortly before her death she received several weeks of medical treatment at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto after being diagnosed with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis.
Her memoir, Running Down a Dream, was published posthumously in 2022.
She was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Media Person of the Year in 2013. The Candy Show was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Variety or Comedy TV Series, for director Trevor Grant. For her work on the television series Forgive Me, she was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2017, Palmater was presented with the Bonham Centre Award from The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto, for her contributions to the advancement and education of issues around sexual identification.
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