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Announcing the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour Recipient

August 22, 2016


- Kissel to be honoured at Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events
Thursday, October 6 at Toronto’s Allstream Centre - 

- Televised special to air nationally on Global on Sunday, December 18 at 8pm ET/PT - 

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(Toronto, Ontario) Monday, August 22, 2016 – Canada’s Walk of Fame announced today that JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Brett Kissel is the recipient of the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour. Recognizing young, inspirational Canadian music artists who have achieved international success, Kissel will be presented with this honour during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events on Thursday, October 6 at Toronto’s Allstream Centre, kicking-off with star-studded red carpet arrivals beginning at 4pm ET.

“At only 26, Brett has solidified his place in country music,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “His strong work ethic, enthusiasm and determination is unparalleled and we are proud to recognize him with this honour.”

“From a cattle ranch in rural Alberta to sold out crowds opening for international superstar Garth Brooks, Brett is the perfect example of what can be achieved with hard work, talent and passion. My father Allan believes and always supported Canadian artists and we are proud to acknowledge Brett's accomplishments and compassion to help others,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

Brett Kissel, the proud ranch kid from Flat Lake, Alberta, has a list of accolades a country mile long, including a JUNO Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year,” which marked the first time a country singer won the award in almost 20 years, as well as a tractor bucket full of Canadian Country Music Association Awards and nominations. He toured with Brad Paisley, performed on the sacred stage at the Grand Ole Opry and is the first Canadian to ever open shows for global mega star Garth Brooks, which surely solidified his place in the national and international music industry. But it’s not the awards or accolades that mean most to Kissel – it’s the music, the stage and the fans. 

Now in its seventh year, the Allan Slaight Honour is presented to a young Canadian making a positive impact in the music industry. The honour is accompanied by a $10,000 honorarium and will be presented during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events that will take place on Thursday, October 6 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. The celebration will kick off with a public outdoor star-studded red carpet arrival beginning at 4pm ET, followed by Canada’s Walk of Fame Broadcast Gala where Kissel will be honoured alongside this year’s inductees. The Broadcast Gala will also feature special guest presenters and 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. 

The Allan Slaight Honour is part of Canada’s Walk of Fame a series of national programs and signature events that include the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC, the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour, Canada’s Walk of Fame Red Carpet, Inductee Charity Ball presented by Scotia Wealth Management and Canada’s Walk of Fame televised show, which will be broadcast nationally on Global.

Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2016 National Sponsors: Cineplex Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Slaight Communications and Air Canada.

The 2016-2017 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Lewis Rusen (President, North America, Korn Ferry Hay Group), include: Tom Anselmi, 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.

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About Allan Slaight

A pioneer of rock and roll, Allan parlayed his entrepreneurial flair with his knowledge of radio to create Canada’s largest privately owned multi-media company, Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited. 

Born in 1931, Allan hosted his own radio program, Spins and Needles, a late night jazz program, at age 16 at CHAB in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He moved to Edmonton in 1950, working his way up the ladder being appointed in 1956 as the National Sales Manager at CHED. There he came to the attention of Allan Waters, owner of CHUM Radio in Toronto, who hired Allan to turn around the fortunes of his struggling station. Allan’s programming, promotions, and business acumen propelled CHUM into a household name. Allan left the station in 1966 to co-ordinate programming and sales of Radio Caroline, the infamous pirate radio station. He returned to Canada in 1967, to become the President and General Manager of Stephens and Towndrow. 

In 1970, Allan established Slaight Communications and acquired radio stations CFGM in Toronto and CFOX in Montreal. In 1977, Allan launched a new rock and roll radio station, CILQ-FM, known as Q107, in Toronto.

In 1985, Slaight Communications sold CFGM and Q107, and purchased Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited from Conrad Black. Under Allan’s leadership, Standard Broadcasting and Standard Radio grew from seven radio stations to a national network of over fifty. In 2007, the Slaights sold Standard Broadcasting to Astral Media.

Radio was not Allan’s only passion.  He served as a trustee of Women’s College Hospital (1978-1982), a director of the United Way of Greater Toronto (1979-1987), director of the Shaw Festival (1982-1988), a governor of York University (1986-1987), and a director of the Festival of Festivals (1989-1993). 

An inductee into the Broadcast Hall of Fame (1997), the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Ryerson Polytechnic University (2000), appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2001), the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (2005) for his contribution to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, Allan has also maintained a life long interest in conjuring.

About Slaight Music

Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.

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.

Media Contacts for Canada’s Walk of Fame

Adrienne Kakoullis                  Andrea McLoughlin
Holmes PR                               Holmes PR
416-628-5610                          416-628-5609
akakoullis@holmespr.com     amcloughlin@holmespr.com

Media Contact for Brett Kissel

Adam Gonshor
Warner Music Canada