TORONTO - Canadian comic Colin Mochrie is being recognized for his efforts to lobby the Canadian government for arts support.
ACTRA Toronto, the local arm of a national performers' association, says Mochrie is getting its award of excellence at a ceremony Feb. 19.
The prize salutes a performer's body of work and efforts to promote the arts. Previous winners include Sarah Polley, Paul Gross, Gordon Pinsent, Sonja Smits, and Eric Peterson.
Mochrie is best known for appearances on the comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "This Hour Has 22 Minutes."
He was recently elected to the ACTRA Toronto council and sits on the board of the Actors' Fund, a charity that gives financial aid to actors and performers sidelined by illness, injury or other setbacks.
ACTRA Toronto, which will also hand out prizes for best performances, represents more than 15,000 of the 21,000 professional performers working in English-language Canada.