Canada's Walk of Fame Cements Another Legendary Group of Canadians into the Sidewalks of Toronto

Peter Soumalias, founding director of Canada's Walk of Fame, celebrates the announcement of the 2008 inductees with Brent Butt, Canadian comedian and host of the announcement. This year's stars will be going to singer k.d. lang, The Kids in The Hall comedy troupe, director James Cameron, NBA star Steve Nash and supermodel Daria Werbowy, among others. (CNW Group/Canada's Walk of Fame)


    2008 List of Inductees Announced

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - The latest group of inductees to Canada's Walk of
Fame were announced today, and include Canadian-bred, internationally
recognized names representing the best of Canadian talent from the arts,
music, film, fashion, sports and innovation. Once again, the new list of
Canadian luminaries will be celebrated during CTV's broadcast of Canada's Walk
of Fame, to be taped live on Saturday, September 6 at Toronto's Four Seasons
Centre for the Performing Arts.
    Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008, Canada's Walk of Fame will
expand its list of stars with the induction of these Canadian icons:- Bryan Adams, recording artist(*)        - k.d. lang, recording artist

    - Frances Bay, actor                      - The Kids in the Hall, comedy
                                                troupe

    - James Cameron, director and producer    - Steve Nash, NBA star

    - Michael J. Fox, actor and activist(xx)  - Daria Werbowy, supermodel"From the basketball court to the fashion runway, this year's impressive
list of inductees truly shows the depth of talent we have in Canada," said
Peter Soumalias, founding director of Canada's Walk of Fame. "Whether they are
performing on stage, acting in-font of the camera, calling the shots behind
the scenes, supporting a cause or leading their team on the sports field,
Canadian talent is being recognized on the world stage like never before."
    Since its first broadcast in 2005, CTV has been a partner and broadcaster
of the Canada's Walk of Fame gala tribute as well as the red carpet arrivals
special, eTalk at Canada's Walk of Fame. The broadcast date and time for the
2008 presentation of Canada's Walk of Fame will be announced at a later date.
    "Once again, CTV will bring one of the most glittering and glamorous
nights on the calendar to viewers across the country," said Susanne Boyce,
President, Creative and Channels, CTV Inc. "With this year's gala being held
during the Toronto International Film Festival, viewers can expect more stars
than ever."
    In addition to the seven inductees above, the late Norma and Douglas
Shearer will receive the inaugural Canadian Legends Award sponsored by
Cineplex Entertainment and Universal Studios Canada. This new award is given
posthumously to Canadian pioneers in film, music, sport, arts, and innovation.
As part of their continuing recognition of Canadian film, Cineplex
Entertainment and Universal Studios Canada are proud to sponsor this new award
as well as Canada's Walk of Fame.
    This year's inductees will join 107 other distinguished Canadians who
have been honoured with having their names cemented into the sidewalks of
Toronto's entertainment district.
    The 2008 festivities will include an entire weekend of special events
culminating with a red carpet ceremony, star unveilings and a gala tribute
presentation at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, which
all inductees are confirmed to attend.
    To qualify for induction to Canada's Walk of Fame, candidates must have
been born in Canada or spent their formative or creative years here. They must
also have been successful for a minimum of 10 years and have a body of work
recognized for its impact on our cultural heritage.The 2008 Inductees for Canada's Walk of Fame include:

    Bryan Adams Hometown:          Kingston, OntarioAt the age of 15, Adams left school to pursue his musical dreams and
began song writing and performing with various bands. His talents would soon
earn him a publishing contract and recording deal with A & M Records, leading
to a string of hit records including, Cuts Like a Knife and Reckless, which
would reach Diamond status in Canada - a first for a Canadian artist. With 55
JUNO Award nominations, 18 JUNO Award wins and over 65 million albums sold
globally, Adams' trademark raspy voice is known the world over.Frances Bay Hometown:          Mainville, AlbertaAffectionately known as "Hollywood's Grandma," Bay's film career didn't
begin until the age of 60, when she had a small role in a Goldie Hawn film,
Foul Play. Since then she has starred in many popular films, including Adam
Sandler's Happy Gilmore, a role for which she is most often recognized. No
stranger to Canadian audiences, Bay won a Gemini award for her role in Road to
Avonlea, and has acted in both on and off-Broadway stage productions and
regional theatre.James Cameron Hometown:        Kapuskasing, OntarioCameron's film industry career began in 1978 when he left a trucking job
to produce a 35mm short film. The visual effects in that film lead him to work
on Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars and Galaxy of Terror. Cameron's
script writing began in 1983 when he penned scripts for Rambo: First Blood
Part 2, Aliens and The Terminator, a film which he also directed. Since then,
his films have blazed new trails in visual effects and have set numerous
performance records both domestically and abroad, including 11 Academy Awards
for his 1997 film Titanic, notably the Best Picture and Best Director wins.Micheal J. Fox Hometown:       Edmonton, AlbertaFox began his acting career at the age of 15 with a role in the CBS
sitcom, Leo and Me, but his big break came in 1982 when Fox was cast as Alex
P. Keaton in the long-running TV series Family Ties, a role for which he would
win three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. International film stardom came with
his roles in Teen Wolf and the popular trilogy Back to the Future. Diagnosed
with early onset Parkinson's disease in 1991, Fox has committed himself to the
campaign for increased Parkinson's research through The Michael J. Fox
Foundation for Parkinson's Research.k.d. lang Hometown:            Edmonton, AlbertaBorn in a Canadian Prairie town, lang began singing in country western
venues in the early 1980's, and was once part of a Patsy Cline tribute band
called The Reclines. Her first JUNO Award came in the mid-1980s and led to
collaborations with Dave Edmunds and Roy Orbison that would make lang a
household name. She has four Grammy Awards and eight JUNO Awards to her name
and is a passionate supporter of gay rights issues and HIV/AIDS awareness.The Kids in the Hall           Hometown: Toronto, Ottawa and North Bay,
                                   Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta and Montreal,
                                   QuebecConsisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark
McKinney and Scott Thompson, the troupe was formed in the mid-1980s and named
after a Sid Caesar line used to attribute a poorly received joke to "the kids
in the hall" - meaning the group of young writers who hung around the studio.
In 1986, Lorne Michaels saw them perform and immediately began plans for the
self-titled television show that debuted on CBC in 1988. The troupe's
distinctly edgy humour broke new ground with their characterizations of
prostitutes, gays, drug users and oddball creations like the vengeful "head
crusher" and the chauvinist Cabbage Head.Steve Nash Hometown:           Victoria, British ColumbiaBorn in South Africa and raised in British Columbia, Nash discovered
basketball in Grade 8. Nash's college basketball career included three NCAA
appearances and two nods as West Coast Conference Player of the Year. In 1996,
Nash entered the NBA, and quickly became known as one of the best point guards
in the league. His career highlights include a lead role on the national team
at the 2000 Olympic games, winning the 2005 NBA All-Star Skills Contest,
becoming only the second point guard to win the league MVP award multiple
times and the third guard in NBA history to win an MVP award back-to-back.Daria Werbowy Hometown:        Mississauga, OntarioWerbowy's modeling career began at the age of 14, when she met with a
schoolmate's mother who headed a modeling agency. In 2001, Werbowy appeared on
the covers of ELLE Quebec, Clin d'Oeil and Fashion, making her a nationally
recognized face. Since then, Werbowy has gained international fame thanks to
countless fashion magazine covers; international ad campaigns for Prada,
Gucci, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent; and runway appearances for Hermès,
Valentino, Missoni and Versace. Werbowy currently has a multi-year contract
with Lancôme and recently launched her own unique line of makeup blends with
the company.Norma and Douglas Shearer Hometown:     Montreal, QuebecBorn into a prominent Montreal family, Norma and Douglas Shearer's family
fell on hard times when their father's business failed. Following their
parents' separation, Douglas remained in Montreal while his sister, Norma,
moved to New York City with their mother. While in New York, Norma worked as a
bit player in small films, gaining the attention of an agent, which soon led
to her first lead role in the film The Stealers. After joining MGM, Norma
moved to Hollywood and began starring in numerous films, including The
Barretts of Wimpole Street and Romeo & Juliet. Norma received six Academy
Award nominations throughout her film career, winning a 1931 Best Actress
Oscar for her role in The Divorcee. After joining Norma in Hollywood in the
early 1920s, Douglas began working in the camera department at MGM, and was
appointed head of the sound department in 1928, where he pioneered new methods
of sound recording that would lead to 21 Academy Award nominations and 12 wins
for scientific and technical development.

    About Canada's Walk of Fame

    Established in 1998, Canada's Walk of Fame aims to engage Canadians in
celebrating the accomplishments of Canadians who have excelled on the national
or international stage in the areas of the arts, entertainment, sports and
innovation. The annual celebration culminates in a televised tribute special
that honours Canada's finest stars. Each inductee is immortalized, their names
forever cemented into the sidewalks of Toronto's entertainment district. To
date, 107 Canadians have been honoured. A complete list of inductees and more
details on Canada's Walk of Fame can be found at www.canadasalkoffame.com.
Canada's Walk of Fame is presented with the generous support of the following
sponsors: Volkswagen, NBC Universal, Allstream, Cineplex Entertainment and
Aeroplan.

    About CTV

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.--------------------------------------
    (*)  Bryan Adams was an inaugural 1998 inductee but was unable to attend
         the ceremonies.
    (xx) Michael J. Fox was first inducted onto the walk in 2000 but was
         unable to attend the ceremonies./NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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