Corey Hart, the Montreal heart-throb who is one of the few Canadians to sell one-million albums in his home country (1985's Boy In The Box), was like a kid in a candy shop at last night's Canada's Walk Of Fame ceremony held in Toronto.
“To be recognized by my country is just simply the greatest honour I could ever imagine,” Hart, creator of such hits as ""Sunglasses At Night" and "Never Surrender," told The Toronto Sun. “It’s not a Grammy or a Juno for a song, it’s my country acknowledging me, and I’m going to have that star on the Walk, and my grandkids can walk there someday. It’s unbelievable.”
Later, Hart gave a fuller explanation to Canadian Press.
"There's nothing that comes close to it," said the Montreal-born singer-songwriter. "This is the most meaningful career event of my life.
"I always wanted to write music, and I always wanted to touch people with what I did. To be recognized by my country for my body of work and what I've accomplished in my lifetime is beyond humbling."
Inducted along with film director Deepa Mehta, FTV founder Jeanne Beker, actor Jason Priestley, the Toronto Maple Leafs' Darryl Sittler and actor Al Waxman (posthumously), Hart joined more than 160 Canadians who have been immortalized in cement since the Walk Of Fame was established in 1998.
Also recognized at the ceremony with the Allan Slaight Honour was country star and Flat Lake, AB native Brett Kissel. The award is presented annually to a young Canadian making a positive impact in the music industry.
Held at the AllStream Centre at Toronto's Exhibition Place, the gala will air on December 18 at 8 p.m. on Global TV.