Beyond Famous: Announcing the 2017 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees & Allan Slaight Honour Recipient
Canada’s Walk of Fame announces the 2017 Inductees who represent the organization’s five pillars of recognition:
Donovan Bailey in Sports and Athletics, Viola Desmond in Philanthropy and Humanities, Anna Paquin in Arts and Entertainment, Ted Rogers in Business and Entrepreneurship, and David Suzuki in Science and Technology.
Stompin' Tom Connors will be honoured as the Cineplex Legends Inductee.
The six Inductees along with Allan Slaight Honour Recipient Shawn Hook will be honoured at the Beyond Famous Gala on November 15 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. This intimate evening will also feature the unveiling of a special Star for Canada in commemoration of Canada 150.
2017 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees
Sports & Athletics
One of the greatest sprinters of all-time, Hall of Fame track & field legend Donovan Bailey is a 3x world record holder (current record holder over 50m), 2x Olympic champion (1996 - 100m and 4x100m) and 3x world champion (1995 in the 100m and 4x100m and 1997 in the 4x100m, silver in 100m).
He was named Track & Field News sprinter of the decade for his stellar 10-year career (1991-2001), greatest sprinter in Canadian history and was only anchor of all of Canada’s gold medal team relay wins to date.
Philanthropy & Humanities
Viola Desmond challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, NS, in 1946. Her case is one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history.
In 2016, the Bank of Canada announced that Desmond will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on the front of a banknote. She is slated to appear on the $10 bill in 2018.
Arts & Entertainment
Anna Paquin's work in film, television and theater has proven her as an extraordinary and diverse performer in the entertainment industry. Her film credits include Margaret; X-Men, Finding Forester; Almost Famous; Amistad; Buffalo Soldiers; A Walk on the Moon; Fly Away Home; Jane Eyre; The Romantics; and Straight A's. Paquin's film debut in Jane Campion's The Piano led to her winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of eleven.
For seven seasons, Paquin starred in the HBO drama True Blood for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama. This fall, she will be seen on CBC and Netflix's Alias Grace, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.
Business & Entrepreneurship
Edward “Ted” Rogers was a visionary entrepreneur and a titan in Canadian business. He was the founder and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. Over five decades, he turned the company from a single FM radio station into a converged media and communications powerhouse. He was also the owner of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. In 1990, Rogers was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was inducted into Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame in 2006, alongside his late father, radio pioneer Edward S. Rogers Sr.
Science & Technology
Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500.
Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at UBC in Vancouver and holds 29 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies.
Stompin' Tom Connors
Cineplex Legends Inductee
Connors, hailed as the unofficial Canadian poet laureate, is credited with writing more than 300 songs with total sales in excess of 4 million copies. With his homespun and fiercely patriotic brand of music, Connors rich musical legacy includes Canadian country chart topping hits “Bud the Spud”, “Luke’s Guitar”, “The Bridge Came Tumbling Down”, “Sudbury Saturday Night”, “Big Joe Mufferaw”, “Ketchup Song” and Canadian anthem “The Hockey Song”.
Connor’s accolades include JUNO Awards for Best Male Country Singer (1971-75) and Country Album of the Year (1978). In 1978, however, he returned the awards in protest of JUNOs given to expatriate Canadians. Connor’s other accolades include the East Coast Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, SOCAN National Achievement Award (1999), SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (2000), Toronto Musicians’ Union Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), and was the subject of a postage stamp issued in Canada Post’s recording artist series.
The 2017 Allan Slaight Honour will be awarded to JUNO Award nominated singer/songwriter Shawn Hook. The Allan Slaight Honour recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Hook will be honoured alongside this year’s Inductees on November 15th. Past recipients include Brett Kissel, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie Fiona, Drake, and Nikki Yanofsky.
And our 2017 Allan Slaight Honour Recipient
If there were an easy path to pop stardom, singer-songwriter Shawn Hook would have crossed it long ago. Instead, he traded the short shelf life of teen idol status for the steady mastery of his craft. The game plan paid off with Shawn’s debut hit single, “Sound of Your Heart,” which tore up Top 40 radio last year. That only set the table for bigger things to come: his Hollywood Records premiere EP, “My Side of Your Story,” Shawn’s most mature and musically adventurous work to date.
He had several high-charting hit singles in Canada off his albums, “Cosmonaut and the Girl,” and “Analog Love” with “Sound of Your Heart” reaching the #1 position on the Billboard Dance Club chart. With the release of the new EP and single “Reminding Me” featuring Vanessa Hudgens, Shawn has been seizing the moment, performing his single on NBC’s “Today Show” and on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” bringing “My Side Of Your Story” to the world.
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