Canada's Walk of Fame Announces Inaugural Inductee Ball

    - Pre-eminent Event Producer Cheryl Cecchetto of L.A.'s Sequoia
    Productions Returns to Canada to Produce the Black Tie Affair -

    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - In honour of the 2008 inductees and in
celebration of its 10th Anniversary, Canada's Walk of Fame is pleased to
announce the inaugural Inductee Ball to be held in Toronto on Saturday,
September 6 at the Sheraton Centre's Grand Ballroom. The prestigious black tie
affair is being sponsored by BlackBerry(R), and will be produced by
Hollywood's pre-eminent event planning company, Sequoia Productions, owned by
Sudbury born, Cheryl Cecchetto.
    "The Inductee Ball is shaping up to be something Toronto has never seen
before," said Peter Soumalias, founding director of Canada's Walk of Fame.
"The elegance and beauty of the event will begin on the red carpet and run
straight through the evening thanks to our wonderful sponsors and partners.
There's no better way to recognize a stellar list of talent and to celebrate
our 10th Anniversary than with a show stopping black tie and gown affair." he
    With the expertise of prestigious event planner Cheryl Cecchetto, the
Inductee Ball promises to be an unforgettable evening. "We plan to take the
Inductee Ball to the next level by making it a memorable night for all of our
honorable guests," said Cheryl, who founded Sequoia Productions in 1989. "We
are especially excited to be returning to Canada and working with such a noble
organization as Canada's Walk of Fame. As a Canadian working abroad, I know
how important it is to recognize our homegrown talent and I applaud the team
at Canada's Walk of Fame for their tireless efforts on that front."
    "We knew of Cheryl as she is Hollywood celebrity in her own right," said
Soumalias. "But only recently did we find out that she is a Canadian. At that
point we knew we had to get her to come home and showcase her talent. She
accepted the invitation immediately."
    With an impressive track record of premier events such as the Academy
Awards(R) Governors Ball, the Primetime Emmy(R) Awards Creative Arts and
Governors Ball, as well as countless other Hollywood events, weddings and
corporate fetes, both Cheryl and Sequoia Productions are internationally
recognized for their quality and innovation in event design and execution.

    The 2008 Inductees for Canada's Walk of Fame include:

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

    Another successful Canadian will be adding to the evening's allure with
his unique brand of entertainment. Vancouver native and Hollywood heavyweight,
Norman Roper will be leading the critically acclaimed Norman Roper's Orchestra
& Rock n' Soul Party Band through a roster of music ranging from big band and
jazz numbers to today's top 40 hits. The high energy band is on every
Hollywood party planner's most wanted list and has performed annually at the
Emmy Awards Governors' Ball since 2000 and the Academy Awards Governors' Ball
since 2001. Movie premieres like Wall-E, Pirates of the Caribbean and
Enchanted, as well as countless Hollywood fundraisers, opening galas and other
celebrations fill the band's hectic schedule.
    Guests at the Inductee Ball will also be entertained by globally renowned
pianist Stephan Moccio. The Toronto native, who is internationally recognized
as one of the world's premier talents, first made his mark as a song writer,
penning such hits as Céline Dion's "A New Day Has Come." As a pianist, Stephan
has shared the stage with such greats as Josh Groban, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah
McLachlan and James Taylor.
    This year's inductees will join over one hundred 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. The
Inductee Ball will take place at the Sheraton Centre following the tribute
presentations. All 2008 inductees are scheduled to attend the festivities.

    About Canada's Walk of Fame

    Established in 1998, Canada's Walk of Fame aims to engage Canadians in
celebrating the accomplishments of those 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
Canada's Walk of Fame is presented with the generous support of the following
sponsors: Volkswagen, NBC Universal, Allstream, Cineplex Entertainment,
BlackBerry and Aeroplan.

    About Sequoia Productions

    Since the company's inception by founder Cheryl Cecchetto in 1989 Sequoia
Productions has established itself as a major force in the event production
industry. Sequoia Productions continues to set the standard for creative
innovation and exceptional quality, and is credited with an impressive client
list. The company has produced highly-recognized events such as The Academy
Awards(R) Governors Ball for the past 16 years, and the Primetime Emmy(R)
Awards Creative Arts and Governors Ball for the past eight years. Sequoia's
outstanding productions have been featured and written about in InStyle
Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and many other national

    (*)    Bryan Adams was an inaugural 1998 inductee but was unable to
           attend the ceremonies.
    (*)(*) Michael J. Fox was first inducted onto the Walk in 2000 but was
           unable to attend the ceremonies.

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For further information:

For further information: on Canada's Walk of Fame and to request media
accreditation, please contact: Joanne Dolan, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416)
413-4642 or; For additional information on
Cheryl Cecchetto and Sequoia Productions, please contact: Lisa Elia, Lisa Elia
Public Relations, (310) 479-0216 or

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