Known for his distinctly Canadian brand of humour, renowned canuck comedian Ron James will host the 24th annual Gemini Awards this weekend.

Reaching out to locals through humour is something he does often, and to have the chance to entertain an audience in Calgary will give him the chance put his own twist on the Canadian television awards show, said James.

James, who is hosting the Gemini’s for the first time, said though Calgary is a big city he still senses a small-town feeling, making it easier to relate to Calgarians.

“I will have the chance to strut my stuff on stage,” he said.

James said he is thrilled to be a part of the special tribute at the awards, honouring the success of Canadian shows such as The Trailer Park Boys, Corner Gas and Royal Canadian Air Farce, many of which depict small-town life.

Calgary has a strong television history with the popular ’80s and ’90s hit Degrassi, and the current drama Heartland, filmed in the city.

The Gemini Awards will air Saturday at 7 p.m. on Global and Showcase networks.

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