A Star-Studded Celebration of Canadian Talent Highlights Canada's Walk of Fame 10th Anniversary Celebrations



    Stars Unveiled at the City's Most Prestigious Red Carpet Event

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - On a weekend filled with star-studded galas and
events, Canada's Walk of Fame drew the biggest crowds in the city thanks to a
stellar list of inductees for its 2008 celebrations. In its biggest red carpet
event to date, eight inductees walked the carpet, greeted adoring fans,
graciously signed autographs and added their names to the growing list of
luminaries recognized with stars on Canada's Walk of Fame.
    This year's inductees join over one hundred other distinguished Canadians
who have been honoured since the Walk's inaugural year in 1998.
    The 2008 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees are:

    
    - Bryan Adams, recording artist(*)  - k.d. lang, recording artist
    - Frances Bay, actor                - The Kids in the Hall, comedy troupe
    - James Cameron, director           - Steve Nash, NBA star
      and producer                      - Daria Werbowy, supermodel
    - Michael J. Fox, actor and
      activist(xx)

    (*)  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.
    

    "We are so proud to have had such an amazing line-up for our 10th
anniversary year," said Peter Soumalias, founding director of Canada's Walk of
Fame. "The caliber of talent coming out of Canada is astounding. From sports
stars to movie stars to rock stars to supermodels, we've got it all. Canadians
already knew it but now we're seeing the rest of the world sit up and take
notice."
    In addition to the eight inductees above, the late Norma and Douglas
Shearer received 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.
    After six years on the board of directors for Canada's Walk of Fame,
Bonnie Brownlee, senior vice president of corporate communications for CTV
Inc. has seen the organization grow significantly. "Thanks to the tireless
efforts of a small group of driven people, Canada's Walk of Fame is
celebrating 10 years in style. As I step down from the Chair position I've
held for the past two years, I can't help but envision where we'll be in
another 10 years. This year's celebrations are just the tip of the iceberg."
    The red carpet portion of the evening was just the beginning. After
unveiling their stars on the red carpet, the inductees were feted in full at a
gala tribute ceremony inside the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
With presentations from the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Linda Evangelista, Colm
Feore, Jeanne Beker and Julie Bowen, the award ceremony was a star-studded
celebration of Canadian talent and innovation.
    Filmed live by CTV - proud broadcast partner since 2005 - the Canada's
Walk of Fame gala tribute ceremony will air on Sunday, September 7 at 7 p.m.
EST on CTV stations across the country.
    After the tribute ceremony was completed, guests moved next door to the
Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre for the inaugural Inductee Ball.
Sponsored by BlackBerry(R) and produced by Hollywood's pre-eminent event
planning company, Sequoia Productions, which is owned by Sudbury born, Cheryl
Cecchetto, the Ball was an exclusive black tie and gown affair that included
entertainment from two other Canadian talents. Award-winning song writer and
pianist Stephan Moccio performed during dinner and Vancouver native, Norman
Roper lead his critically acclaimed band Norman Roper's Orchestra & Rock n'
Soul Party Band through a roster of hits that kept the dance floor full.

    
    Abridged Biographies:

    Bryan Adams                                   Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

    At 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, Alberta

    Affectionately 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, Ontario

    Cameron'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.

    Michael J. Fox                                Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

    Fox 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, Alberta

    Born 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                           Hometowns: Toronto, Ottawa
                                                      and North Bay, Ontario;
                                                        Edmonton, Alberta and
                                                             Montreal, Quebec

    Consisting 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 Columbia

    Born 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, Ontario

    Werbowy'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, Quebec

    Born 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. A
complete list of inductees and more details on Canada's Walk of Fame can be
found at www.canadaswalkoffame.com. Canada's Walk of Fame is presented with
the generous support of the following sponsors: Volkswagen, NBC Universal,
Allstream, Cineplex Entertainment and Aeroplan.

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For further information: For additional information on Canada's Walk of
Fame, please contact: Joanne Dolan, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416) 413-4642,
joanne.dolan@hillandknowlton.ca; Andrea Wooland, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416)
413-4698, andrea.wooland@hillandknowlton.ca


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