September 24, 2012
(Toronto, Ontario) September 22, 2012 - Canadians are known to shine at hockey, comedy and rock ‘n’ roll - and Canada’s Walk of Fame’s star-studded red carpet, in partnership with national premier partner, RBC, proved it.
Our greatest hockey team and one of our most legendary rockers headlined the talent-laden procession along with Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards host, musician, funnyman and 2006 inductee, Paul Shaffer.
This year’s inductees, and a parade of special guests, navigated the 450-foot long red carpet along Yonge Street, between Shuter and Dundas Square Lane.
When the limo doors opened, some of the country’s most-recognized faces emerged, including rock icon Randy Bachman, and his fellow 2012 inductee, celebrated singer-songwriter and eight-time JUNO Award-winner Sarah McLachlan.
Canada’s greatest hockey team of all time also hit the streets, as members of Team Canada 1972 waded through the cheering crowd. Honoured with an induction on the 40th anniversary of their victory over the Soviets, the team was represented by hockey greats such as Frank Mahovlich, Brad Park, Wayne Cashman, Ken Dryden and Paul Henderson, the famed scorer of the series-winning goal.
But they weren’t the only sporting legends recognized. Inductee Russ Jackson, one of the best quarterbacks in CFL history, was in the spotlight along with his award presenter, former Argo great, Michael (Pinball) Clemens.
Inductee Sonia Rodriguez, Principal Dancer from The National Ballet of Canada, also made her way down the red carpet with her husband, distinguished figure skater, Kurt Browning.
Other famous faces on the red carpet, and at the awards presentation, were JUNO and Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Melanie Fiona, 2012 recipient of the Allan Slaight Award, and guest stars such as two-time JUNO Award-winner and eight-time 2012 Canadian Country Music Award nominee Johnny Reid, actress Jill Hennessy and internationally renowned Canadian ballet legend and CWOF inductee Veronica Tennant.
Paul Hartmann represented his brother, famed Saturday Night Live impersonator, Phil Hartman, the posthumous recipient of this year’s Cineplex Legends Award.
Fans who lined the streets early to get a glimpse of this year’s distinguished Canadians, enjoyed a live outdoor performance by Crystal Shawanda.
About RBC and the Arts
Sponsoring a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition; the RBC Emerging Visions Program; and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment to the world’s top public film festival – the Toronto International Film Festival®. As one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization, RBC employs approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 51 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.
About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Established in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame (CWOF) aims to educate, inform and inspire through the permanent celebration of achievements in Canadian music, sport, film and television as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, and science and innovation. In 2010, CWOF expanded to include a festival of music, comedy and film featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers. The annual celebration culminates in a televised awards special that honours Canada’s finest stars from the world of arts, entertainment and sports. Each inductee is immortalized, their names forever cemented into the sidewalks of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of inductees to date along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.