Canada's Walk of Fame announced its 2018 Inductees today, along with the show date of December 1 at the Sony Centre in Toronto, followed by a 20th Anniversary Gala celebration to be held at the Fairmont Royal York. CTV will air a special later in that month.
The 2018 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees are:
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Sports and Athletics) The most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.
Andrea Martin (Arts and Entertainment) The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, author, and comedian is known for her roles in Pippin on Broadway, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Good Fight and SCTV.
Col. Chris Hadfield (Science and Technology) The first Canadian to walk in space, the first Canadian spaceship commander, a New York Times bestselling author, YouTube sensation and renowned speaker.
Leonard Cohen (Legend Inductee) Poet, singer-songwriter and novelist, whose classic songs include "Suzanne," "Bird on a Wire" and "Hallelujah."
Andy Kim (Arts and Entertainment) Award-winning singer-songwriter whose career has flourished for 50 years. He is best known for hits including "Baby, I Love You," "Sugar Sugar" and "Rock Me Gently," and has sold more than 30 million records.
Dr. Joanne Liu (Philanthropy and Humanities) As International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) since 1 October, 2013, Dr. Liu has provided support after the tsunami in Indonesia, assisted people affected by the earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti, and worked with Somali refugees in Kenya amongst many other crises.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Arts and Entertainment) These childhood friends have collaborated to bring their unique and hilarious brand of comedy to people around the world through television and box office hits including Superbad and Sausage Party.
Jimmy Pattison (Business and Entrepreneurship) Entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, who rose from selling vegetable seeds to building a business empire with The Jim Pattison Group, Canada¹s second largest private company.
"Now, more than ever, we are embracing and celebrating our unique and strong Canadian identity," said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada's Walk of Fame. "Canada thrives because of its people, and Canada's Walk of Fame is working to inspire, empower and recognize excellence in our country. Each of our Inductees this year has a different story of success, of giving back and overcoming obstacles to reach their goals. We will tell more of these stories as we move through our 20th anniversary the inspiration and path to success, not just the success itself."
Narrating a video about this year's honoured list (below) is actor Gordon Pinsent, a 2007 Walk of Fame inductee.
Canada's Walk of Fame has recognized Canadians who have excelled on national and international stages in their respective fields, including music, sports, film and television, literary, visual and performing arts, science, innovation, philanthropy and social justice.
In its 20th year, the organization is deepening its commitment and broadening its impact across Canada with new initiatives including Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex (where Inductees receive stars in Toronto and their hometowns), and expanded existing programs like the RBC Emerging Musician Program in order to mean more to more people more often.
CTV is the broadcast partner of Canada's Walk of Fame. John Brunton, Lindsay Cox, Jeffrey Latimer and Randy Lennox are Executive Producers of the show.
For a complete list of Inductees, along with more information on Canada's Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.
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