Canada’s Walk of Fame announced yesterday that singer Jessie Reyez will receive its 2018 Allan Slaight Honour. The Honour recognizes young Canadians who are turning their musical talent into inspiration and are having a positive impact on the music industry. Reyez will accept the honour at the 2018 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards in Toronto on Dec. 1. The show will air on CTV later that month.
Recognized as one of the brightest young stars of today, Reyez began writing her own music in high school. Her 2016 single “Figures” hit the Canadian Hot 100, and earlier this year she won the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Her new album, Being Human in Public, is released today (Oct. 19), and her newest single is "Imported- feat. JRM."
“Jessie is such a great example of the spirit of the Allan Slaight Honour,” said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “Her music, work ethic, success and unlimited potential for the future show other young Canadian musicians what is possible!”
"I’m very grateful for receiving this recognition, especially at home, and for getting this moment to pause and reflect and be thankful," said Reyez. "In Toronto, I’ve had so many people positively influence me in our music community, so to be a recipient for something that celebrates positive influence and inspiration is an honour. Thank you.”
“Jessie epitomizes everything that my father Allan had in mind when this award was created in his honour,” said Gary Slaight. “Rising from humble beginnings here in Toronto, her determination, talent, ambition and bedrock family roots have been the compass that has led her to greater recognition and growing international success. We wish her the very best in the years to come.”
Past Allan Slaight Honourees include Drake, Melanie Fiona, Shawn Hook, Brett Kissel, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and Nikki Yanofsky.
Read the full press release here