Canada’s Walk Of Fame has announced the 2017 inductees who will be honoured at the Beyond Famous Gala on November 15 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON. With the announcement of this year’s inductees, Canada’s Walk Of Fame will have honoured 173 Canadians who have a permanent place of tribute in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District.
The 2017 Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees, who represent the organization’s five pillars of recognition, are:
- legendary Olympic champion sprinter Donovan Bailey (Sports and Athletics);
- civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond (Philanthropy and Humanities);
- award-winning film, television and theater actress Anna Paquin (Arts and Entertainment);
- communications pioneer Ted Rogers (Business and Entrepreneurship), and;
- global environmental activist David Suzuki (Science and Technology).
Iconic songwriter and musician Stompin’ Tom Connors, who passed away in 2013, will be honoured as the 2017 Cineplex Legends Inductee.
In addition to the inductees, multi-Platinum JUNO-nominated artist Shawn Hook will be awarded the 2017 Allan Slaight Honour, which recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Past recipients include Brett Kissel, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie Fiona, Drake, and Nikki Yanofsky.
On Sunday, December 3, Global will broadcast a one-hour documentary special Beyond Famous: Canada’s Walk of Fame hosted by Emmy Award winning actor Eric McCormack, showcasing the 19-year history of inductions. The documentary also examines the impact of Canadian talent on the arts, science, entertainment and technology industries on a national and international scale.
Earlier this month, some of the biggest Canadian and international names in music gathered by Queen and John St. in Toronto, ON for the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards. During the festivities, many of the nominees and performers were presented with award plaques commemorating their recent Canadian Gold and Platinum certifications.
Universal Music Canada shared their plaque presentations through Twitter and Instagram, with Universal Music Canada President and CEO Jeffrey Remedios presenting Platinum awards to Hailee Steinfeld for “Love Myself,” Desiigner for “Panda,” and Nelson, BC’s Shawn Hook for “Sound Of Your Heart.”
James Bay was presented with a custom Gold plaque for his 2015 debut album Chaos And The Calm, as well as the Gold single “Hold Back The River.” The English singer/songwriter’s Platinum hit “Let It Go,” which he performed on the broadcast, is also represented on the plaque.
Canadian superstar Shawn Mendes was presented with a custom Platinum plaque for his album Handwritten. The plaque also represents the 2X Platinum certifications for “Life Of The Party” and “Something Big,” the Platinum certification for “Stitches,” and the Gold certification for “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which won Best Pop and Fan Fave video.
Edmonton, AB singer/songwriter Ruth B, seen below with manager Mark Cunningham, received her first Platinum award plaque from Sony Music Canada for her breakthrough hit “Lost Boy.” The 2016 Fan Fave Vine Musician nominee performed the song during the pre-show broadcast.
Sony Music Canada also presented Fave International and Most Buzzworthy Group winners Fifth Harmony with a Platinum award plaque for “Work From Home.” Later in the evening, group member Dinah Jane Hansen shared a photo with the plaque through Twitter. Fifth Harmony closed out the 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs with a performance of the Platinum hit.
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced plans for a truly Canadian musical celebration on Canada Day in 2016. On July 1st, an eclectic collection of artists from across the country will perform on Parliament Hill for Canada’s 149th birthday.
The show will be hosted by music journalist Rebecca Makonnen and Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall. The artists performing reflect Canada’s proud history of diversity, and the show promises to be a rocking fun time for Canadians and visitors of all ages.
The Canada Day Noon Show will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. The show will be broadcast on many CBC platforms live, and will include performances by:
Our music is a major part of our national identity, so it’s very fitting to honour Canada’s birthday with some of our most interesting artists. Coleman Hell, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, was a 2016 JUNO Award nominee for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” His music is an infectious blend of electronic and folk-country. Winnipeg’s Indian City is an Indigenous pop band, and their Parliament Hill performance will feature guest vocals from JUNO Award-winning singer Jay Bodner of Eagle and Hawk. Béatrice Martin, better known by her stage name Cœur de Pirate, hails from Outremont, Québec. She sings in both French and English, and while she’s best known for her solo singer-songwriter work, she has also played keyboard and collaborated on multiple projects. Also performing are Canada’s pop-rock darlings Metric, who have won multiple JUNO and CASBY awards.
There will be a second Evening Show from 7:00pm to 10:45pm in Major’s Hill Park, which is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, close to the National Gallery of Canada. This performance will feature Shawn Hook of British Columbia, Andie Duquette of Québec, and DJ Ilon of Ontario.
There are other events and activities taking place all over Ottawa and Gatineau throughout the day. A full guide of events is available on the Government of Canada’s Canada Day website.