Canada’s Walk of Fame this a.m. has announced the 2017 Inductees who represent the organization’s five pillars of recognition in Sports and Athletics, Philanthropy and Humanities, Arts and Entertainment, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Science and Technology.
The Inductees will be honoured at the Beyond Famous Gala on November 15 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto that will also feature the unveiling of a Star for Canada in commemoration of Canada 150.
The 2017 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees are as follows:
Donovan Bailey (Sports and Athletics) – legendary sprinter, two-time Olympic champion in the 100-metre and 4x100-metre relay, three-time world record holder and three-time world champion.
Viola Desmond (Philanthropy and Humanities) – civil-rights pioneer who is to be featured on the Canadian $10 bill in 2018.
Anna Paquin (Arts and Entertainment) – award-winning film, television and theatre actress, and the youngest Canadian to win an Academy Award.
Ted Rogers (Business and Entrepreneurship) – communications pioneer and visionary business leader.
David Suzuki (Science and Technology) – scientist, broadcaster, author and global environmental activist.
Stompin’ Tom Connors (Cineplex Legends Inductee) – iconic songwriter and musician whose legacy extends beyond nearly 5 million records sold in his career into the hearts, homes, and classrooms of countless Canadians across the country.
“The remarkable achievements of our 2017 Inductees are truly inspirational and embody what it means for an individual to achieve beyond fame,” Canada’s Walk of Fame CEO Jeffrey Latimer said at the time of the announcement. He added: “We are honoured to recognize their incredible accomplishments this year (and) have an exciting vision for the future to ensure that it not only celebrates Canadian achievement but acts as a catalyst for future greatness. We will shine a brighter light on our Inductees, and as we move into our 20th Anniversary in 2018.”
Also announced today, the 2017 Allan Slaight Honour will be awarded to Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Shawn Hook. The Honour recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Past recipients are Brett Kissel, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie Fiona, Drake and Nikki Yanofsky.
Global will broadcast a Canada’s Walk of Fame one-hour documentary on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8 pm. ET/PT. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack, Beyond Famous: Canada's Walk of Fame showcases the honour roll’s 19-year history through interviews with past Inductees, insight from top Canadian cultural commentators, plus memorable moments and performances from previous induction galas. The documentary also examines the impact of Canadian talent on the arts, science, entertainment and technology industries on a national and international scale.
With 2017’s Inductees, Canada’s Walk of Fame will have honoured 173 remarkable Canadians who have a permanent place of tribute in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees, along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.
Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2017 National Sponsors: Cineplex Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Slaight Communications, and Air Canada, as well as our 2017 Broadcast Partner: Global.
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The 2017-2018 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Cathy Honor, Senior Vice President, RBC Royal Bank, include: Tom Anselmi, President & CEO, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club; Duncan Bureau, Vice President, Global Sales, Air Canada; Nick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group; Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media; Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex Entertainment; Lewis Rusen Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry | Hay Group; Walter Schneider, President & Co-Founder, RE/MAX Integra/RE/MAX Europe; Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution Canada; and Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment Inc.
About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Founded in 1998 by Peter Soumalias, in partnership with Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl, and Gary Slaight, Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes and celebrates Canadians who excel in their respective fields, fuelling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation. Canada’s Walk of Fame will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Year in 2018 and will focus on creating a larger, more national platform which will not only celebrate Canadian achievement, but also catalyze it through expanded TV, media opportunities, and programming.
Programs include a festival featuring some of Canada’s most popular performers, as well as emerging artists from across the country; the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour, recognizing Canadians making a difference in their community; the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship program, supported by RBC; and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest.
With 2017’s additions, 173 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians will have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.