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Canada’s Walk of Fame

Shining Stars To Be Honoured at Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration

Actor Jason Priestley.

Actor Jason Priestley hosts Canada’s Walk of Fame celebrations.

OCTOBER 18 The latest inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame are feted with a red carpet celebration worthy of their achievements. This year’s honourees include Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, actress Rachel McAdams, actor Ryan Reynolds, former UN high commissioner for human rights Louise Arbour, guitarist Jeff Healey and R&B musician The Weekend. Actor Jason Priestley hosts the ceremony at the Sony Centre, which will be televised later this year. Each recipient will unveil their new cement tribute, which is immortalized along King Street West (between John and Simcoe streets) and Simcoe Street (between King Street West and Wellington Street West). Visit canadaswalkoffame.com for a map of previous honourees such as soccer superstar Christine Sinclair, rock band Blue Rodeo, ballerina Karen Kain, actor Eugene Levy, basketball star Steve Nash, author Farley Mowat and game show host Alex Trebek. —Linda Luong

Weekend Roundup: September 21 to 23

Friday: Tom Cochrane is one of many performers rocking the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival.

Friday, September 21st
Celebrate this country’s cultural icons as part of the annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival, which showcases popular Canadian performers at venues throughout the city, including a number of free concerts at Nathan Phillips Square. Dance the night away to Suzie McNeil, Tom Cochrane and Jann Arden, just some of the homegrown talent that will be gracing the stage.

Canadian sculptor Evan Penny’s new exhibition of meticulously rendered yet distorted human sculptures opened this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Titled Re Figured, the display will alter your perspective of the human form with 30 pieces, including sculptures, photographs and a film about Penny’s work over the past decade.

Toronto’s famed jazz venue, The Rex, holds its annual tribute to John Coltrane this weekend. Juno-winning saxophone players Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald—alongside the rest of their highly capable quintet—take the stage tonight to honour the celebrated musician. (more…)

Hot Date: Canada’s Walk of Fame Puts New Stars on the Street

Sarah McLachlan is one of the 2012 inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame

SEPTEMBER 22 First we rolled out the red carpet for the Toronto International Film Festival, then we’re doing it again for the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards Show, which pays tribute to musicians, writers and other icons who have made lifelong contributions to Canadian culture. This year’s inductees include Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan, rock legend Randy Bachman, renowned quarterback Russ Jackson, prima ballerina Sonia Rodriguez, the late comedian and actor Phil Hartman, and the entire 1972 Team Canada hockey squad. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 5 p.m., $29 to $49; call 416-872-1212 or visit here to purchase tickets.

Hot Date: The Walk of Fame’s Shining Stars

Chantal Kreviazuk

SEPTEMBER 29 & 30 That strip of stars known as Canada’s Walk of Fame is set to enshrine seven more celebrities in granite. Among the icons whose names will be preserved by the Theatre District attraction are actors Sandra Oh and Ryan Reynolds, and comedian Russell Peters. Preceding the October 1 induction ceremony is the second annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival, featuring music and comedy performances by prominent Canadian artists at Massey Hall. Former Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings kicks things off on September 29, while Chantal Kreviazuk performs with a symphony orchestra on September 30. Call 416-367-9255 or visit here for more information