2011 Inductees Include Dr. Roberta Bondar, Burton Cummings, Daniel
Nestor, Sandra Oh, Russell Peters and Mordecai Richler
Plus, Music Sensation Drake Receives this Year's Allan Slaight Award
Awards Broadcast Airs on Sunday, October 23rd - 8pm ET/PT on Global and Slice™
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TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Shaw Media and Canada's Walk of Fame are proud to announce the return of Howie Mandel as Host of the 14th annual celebration of Canadian achievements. The internationally
renowned comedian and 2009 inductee leads the 2011 Awards ceremony that
introduces and honours this year's roster of inductees from Toronto's
historic Elgin Theatre on Saturday, October 1st.
Airing Sunday, October 23rd - 8pm ET/PT on Global and Slice™, the annual star-studded gala event will feature top tier talents being
honoured by their colleagues with inspirational performances and
heartfelt words. A list of presenters and performers featured in the
show to be announced in the coming weeks.
"A continuing advocate of the Canadian star system, Howie's involvement
in the Walk of Fame Awards is just one of the ways he celebrates being
from this great country," said Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. "That makes him the perfect host for a ceremony that allows the
country to discover and celebrate the accomplishments of Canadians from
all walks of life."
A constant force in show business for over 30 years, Howie's versatile
career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment
spectrum, including television, film and stage. He is best known for
his work on the Emmy®-Award winning "St. Elsewhere," his international animated children's
series "Bobby's World," the host of "Deal or No Deal," both in the U.S.
and in Canada, and most recently a judge for "America's Got Talent"
along with Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan.
"Howie has been a close friend and supporter of Canada's Walk of Fame
for many years and we're very happy he's accepted our offer to host
once again this year," said Peter Soumalias, CEO and Founding Director, Canada's Walk of Fame. "There's just something about Howie that makes him the perfect
ambassador to welcome our inductees. Over the past few years as he's
hosted these awards, I've noticed his genuine enthusiasm and respect in
regard to all the inductees on that stage. He shares their spotlight
and simply radiates the pride we all share in the achievements of these
The two-hour 2011 Canada's Walk of Fame Awards honours a selection of
internationally recognized Canadian luminaries for their lifetime
achievements in the fields of music, sport, film and television, as
well as the literary, visual and performing arts, science and
The outstanding roster of 2011 inductees include physician and astronaut
Dr. Roberta Bondar, musician Burton Cummings, athlete Daniel Nestor, actress Sandra Oh, comedian Russell Peters, and novelist/screenwriter Mordecai Richler. Plus, R&B sensation Drake will take home this year's Allan Slaight Award.
Previously announced superstar, Ryan Reynolds is unable to attend this
year's ceremony and will be inducted at a later date.
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company, providing consumers with broadband cable television,
High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through
Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct)
and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4
million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw
Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in
Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV
Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is
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information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
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 worlds 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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