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Canada's Walk of Fame Festival Takes Over David Pecaut Square with Three Days of Free Programming 2

August 24, 2011

-    HEADLINING PERFORMERS INCLUDE JOHN KAY AND STEPPENWOLF, TROOPER, JULLY BLACK, SERENA RYDER, PARACHUTE CLUB AND ASHLEY MACISAAC –


(Toronto, Ontario) August 24, 2011Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival, a celebration of Canadian music, comedy and film, announces three days of free programming featuring musical performances and movie screenings at David Pecaut Square (formerly Metro Square) taking place September 30 to October 2.

The Festival’s free programming spotlights a talented pool of Canadian performers. Headlining performers include legendary blues-based rock band John Kay and Steppenwolf, presented by OLG; one of Canada’s top rock and roll bands Trooper; R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black; JUNO Award-winning artist Serena Ryder; Toronto pop music collective Parachute Club; and singer and renowned fiddler Ashley MacIsaac. Emerging artists including four-man band The Heartbroken, alternative country artist Lindi Ortega, and R&B singer Warren Flandez, will support all headlining performances.

“We’re incredibly excited about this year’s free Festival programming,” said Mary Pompili, COO. “We have always believed in supporting emerging artists and take pride in helping to launch the careers of the next generation of hit musical stars.”  

The Festival will also host free film screenings, presented by Cineplex Entertainment, featuring Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective starring Jim Carrey (September 30), Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (October 1) and The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds (October 2). Seats are provided on a first come, first served basis.

Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival will also host Ontario’s Own Marketplace, a group of chefs and farmers dedicated to offering the best locally produced foods, featuring a selection of seasonal offerings spearheaded by star chef Jamie Kennedy.

Below is the full list of performers at David Pecaut Square:

*Media Note* For a full schedule and list of Festival performers, including those previously announced for the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival Massey Hall Series, visit canadaswalkoffame.com.

Friday, September 30:
•    John Kay & Steppenwolf
•    Parachute Club
•    Skratch Bastid
•    Warren Flandez
•    Sean Jones
•    Liam Titcomb
•    Dru
•    Nightbox

Saturday, October 1:
•    Trooper
•    Ashley MacIsaac
•    Keys N Krates
•    Taya Marquis
•    Carleton Stone
•    Shawn Hlookoff
•    Carl Dixon
•    Elisapie Isaac

Sunday, October 2:
•    Suzie McNeil
•    Jully Black
•    Serena Ryder
•    Lizzy Melody
•    Liz Coyles
•    Stacey Bulmer
•    Lindi Ortega
•    The Heartbroken


In addition to free programming at David Pecaut Square, Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival will present three free performances at Monarchs Pub at the Delta Chelsea Hotel featuring Layla Zoe (September 29), Topper (September 30) and DJ Supreme (October 1).

As part of a mandate to invest in events that showcase Canadian culture and define our Canadian identity, the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival is made possible by the Government of Canada and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canada Heritage.

Financial support has also been generously provided by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

This same weekend Canada’s Walk of Fame will dedicate stars to seven inductees on Saturday, October 1 at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. The Awards show will be broadcast on Global and SliceTM later that month (date/time TBA).

*Media Note* For a list of this year’s inductees along with bios, visit canadaswalkoffame.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 four-day 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. To-date, 131 Canadians have been honoured, including Margaret Atwood, Howie Mandel, Steve Nash, Michael J. Fox and Blue Rodeo. A complete list of inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame can be found at www.canadaswalkoffame.com.


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Vanessa Andres   
Holmes Creative Communications    
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Adrienne Kakoullis
Holmes Creative Communications  
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e: akakoullis@hccink.com
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