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Charitable Registration No: 889896924RR0001

Announcing The 2016 Inductees

August 23, 2016

CANADA’S WALK OF FAME ANNOUNCES THE 2016 INDUCTEES

- Star-Studded Red Carpet Arrivals and Star Unveiling on Thursday, October 6 at 4pm ET -
- Televised special to air nationally on Global on Sunday, December 18 at 8pm ET/PT -

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(Toronto, ON) Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame, along with Corus Entertainment, today announced the names of the 2016 inductees. Each has been selected for having excelled in their respective field, for fuelling Canadian pride and for inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees are:

Jeanne Beker, Fashion Entrepreneur, Television Personality, Journalist
Darryl Sittler, Hockey Player, NHL
Corey Hart, Musician
Deepa Mehta, Filmmaker
Jason Priestley, Actor, Director
Al Waxman, Actor, Director (Cineplex Legends Inductee)

Media Note: For high-resolution photography and biographical information of each inductee, contact amcloughlin@holmespr.com.

The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, with Jeanne Beker along with the family of the late Al Waxman in attendance.

“Each year, we shine the spotlight on remarkable Canadians who have excelled in their careers and have contributed to the cultural fabric of this country, inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “We are proud to honour this year’s inductees whose achievements will leave a lasting legacy for generations of Canadians.”

Also announced yesterday, the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour will be awarded to 26-year-old CCMA and JUNO Award-winning country music artist Brett Kissel. The Allan Slaight Honour recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Kissel will be honoured alongside this year’s inductees during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events and will also be featured on the televised special.

These outstanding Canadians will be honoured in a star-studded celebration during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events on Thursday, October 6 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. The celebration will kick off with a public outdoor red carpet star unveiling from 4pm-6pm ET, followed by Canada’s Walk of Fame Broadcast Gala where inductees will each accept this recognition from special guest presenters that have impacted their life and/or career. The Broadcast Gala will also feature surprise performances and will be filmed for broadcast to air as a televised special on Global on Sunday, December 18 at 8pm ET/PT. Presenters and performers will be announced at a later date. This year's Gala and Broadcast is being produced by Enter the Picture Productions Inc. Executive Producer is Lynn Harvey.

With 2016’s additions, 167 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame 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 2016 National Sponsors: Cineplex Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Slaight Communications and Air Canada.

Social Media Link for Canada’s Walk of Fame

@CWOFame

Social Media Links for the 2016 Inductees:

@Jeanne_Beker
@darrylsittler
@IamDeepaMehta
@Jason_Priestley
facebook.com/coreyhartofficial

Social Media Link for the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour recipient

@BrettKissel

The 2016-2017 Canada’s Walk Of Fame’s Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Lewis Rusen (President, North America, Korn Ferry Hay Group), include: Tom Anselmi, Former President & COO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Duncan Bureau, Vice President, Global Sales, Air Canada, Nick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group, Cathy Honor, Senior Vice President, RBC Royal Bank, Randy Lennox, President, Production & Broadcasting, Bell Media, Gordon Love, Director, Scotia Wealth Management, Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex Entertainment, Walter Schneider, President & Co-Founder, RE/MAX Integra/RE/MAX Europe, Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Television & New Media Distribution Canada and Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. 

About Canada’s Walk of Fame

Established in 1998, 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 to follow in their footsteps. The foremost honour for cultural excellence in Canada, Canada’s Walk of Fame presents year-round events and programs to educate and foster pride among Canadians, support Canadian culture and provide a platform for emerging talent in Canada. Programs include a festival featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic 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, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. With 2016’s additions, 167 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians will have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame 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 became a national registered charity in 2012. Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001.

Andrea McLoughlin
Holmes PR, 416-628-5609 / amcloughlin@holmespr.com

Adrienne Kakoullis
Holmes PR, 416-628-5610 / akakoullis@holmespr.com