Singer Michael Bublé, hockey broadcasters Don Cherry and Ron MacLean, actress Wendy Crewson, author Lawrence Hill, champion rower Silken Laumann, and late actor Lorne Green are the newest inductees in Canada’s Walk of Fame. The official announcement was made Tuesday during a press conference at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Like the Hollywood Walk of Fame near TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, Canada’s Walk of Fame is a walkway of renowned names embedded into sidewalks in Toronto’s Entertainment District. Every year a select number of Canadians are chosen for the honor as part of a celebration that includes a music and arts festival and culminates in a red carpet induction ceremony.
Canada’s Walk of Fame pays tribute to individuals for their achievements in many fields, most notably film, television, sports, music, science, philanthropy, social justice, as well as literary, visual and performing arts. As of this year, with these new additions, there are 161 recipients, 42 of which are from the film industry.
The list of film people featured on Canada’s Walk of Fame is impressive and eclectic. James Cameron, Louis B. Mayer, Jim Carrey, William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Norman Jewison, Sandra Oh, Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams are but a few of the film stars immortalized with cement stars.
Vancouver-born actor/director/producer Jason Priestley will once again take center stage as host of the annual ceremony held November 7 at the Sony Centre. “I’m proud to return to the stage this year to pay homage to our country’s most exceptional talents,” said Priestley. “There are so many prolific Canadians excelling in their fields, and this show is the premiere platform to celebrate and showcase their outstanding achievements.”
Canada’s Walk of Fame induction ceremony will be televised December 17 on Global. For a comprehensive list and map of Canada’s Walk of Fame visit their website.