Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Canada’s Walk of Fame, along with National Premier Partner RBC and Shaw Media and in partnership with RBC® Visa Infinite‡ Avion®, today announced the names of eight new celebrated Canadians that will be inducted this year. The announcement was held at a press conference in Toronto at the Four Seasons Hotel. The 2013 inductees, who have excelled in their fields and are a part of Canada’s legacy, will receive their tribute on Saturday, September 21 at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. The Canada’s Walk of Fame televised Awards show will be broadcast nationally in the fall on Global and Slice™ (date and time TBC).
Canada’s Walk of Fame will add the following icons to its current list of celebrated Canadians, bringing the total number of inductees to 151:
- Bob Ezrin
- Terry Fox
- Victor Garber
- Oscar Peterson
- Craig and Marc Kielburger
- Christine Sinclair
- Alan Thicke
Also announced today, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will receive this year’s Allan Slaight Award that recognizes young, inspirational Canadians. Jepsen, along with this year’s inductees, will be honoured during the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards show.
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“Each year, we are reminded of just how many Canadians have persevered in their fields, leaving us inspired in our own individual pursuit of excellence,” said Dan McGrath, Chair of Canada’s Walk of Fame Board of Directors, and Chief Operating Officer of Cineplex Entertainment. “This year’s inductees are no exception and we are honoured to welcome these outstanding Canadians to the ranks of Canada’s Walk of Fame.”
Today’s announcement followed the annual inductee nomination campaign whereby Canadians from across the country and around the world had their say about who they felt should be inducted. Nearly 30,000 people from 130 countries submitted their nominations online to Canada’s Walk of Fame.
“From music industry icons and celebrated actors to a world-class athlete and international activists, this year’s inductees truly reflect the diversity of Canadian enterprise and talent,” said Randy Lennox, President and CEO of Universal Music Canada and Talent Chair, Board of Directors, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “As a nation, we should be proud of the indelible marks these individuals have made both here at home and abroad. Their wide array of accomplishments deserves our recognition and celebration.”
“Canada’s Walk of Fame is an extraordinary celebration of the talent hailing from this country. This year’s recipients are exceptional individuals adding to the growing roster of remarkable inductees,” said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President, Content. “Shaw Media is proud to collaborate on this important cultural event and we look forward to broadcasting it this fall on Global and Slice™.”
This year’s Cineplex Legends Award, sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment, will be awarded to the late Canadian jazz pianist and composer, Oscar Peterson. Each year, the Cineplex Legends Award is given posthumously to a Canadian pioneer in film and television, music, sports, arts or innovation. Cineplex Entertainment is proud to sponsor the Legends Award as well as Canada’s Walk of Fame.
The 2013 honourees will be added to Canada’s Walk of Fame, which annually recognizes individuals for their achievements in various fields, including music, sports, film and television, literary, visual and performing arts, science and innovation. Commemorating the 2013 inductees, the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards, which will air on Global and Slice™ in the fall (date TBC), will feature special guest performances and celebrity presenters.
Potential candidates for Canada’s Walk of Fame must have been born in or spent their creative or formative years in Canada. A minimum of 10 successful years is required to qualify, as well as a recognized body of work that has had a significant influence on our cultural heritage.
“We are proud to partner with Canada’s Walk of Fame for a fifth consecutive year, said Prashant Sharma, VP, Retail Credit Cards. “We strongly believe in the vision of Canada’s Walk of Fame that recognizing great Canadians for their superior achievements will inspire future generations of great achievers.”