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Since its inception in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame has inducted more than 200 Canadians, celebrating Canadian excellence and achievement. This year, Canada’s Walk of Fame is celebrating eight new inductions—all of whom have educated, empowered, and inspired Canadians from coast to coast to coast—during a star-studded gala in Toronto, followed by a special broadcast on CTV (check local listings). The 2022 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees and Honourees are:
Deborah Cox – Award-Winning Canadian Singer, Actress and Broadway Star
Known for her powerful, soulful voice and sultry ballads, the Grammy nominee, multiple JUNO Award winner and Broadway star has since scaled the charts, racking up 13 No. 1 hits and six critically-acclaimed albums. She became the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Heather Reisman – Canada’s Most Recognized Literacy Advocate
A nationally esteemed business leader, unwavering philanthropist, and Canada’s most recognized advocate for literacy and the joy of reading. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Indigo, and co-founder of the e-reading platform Kobo, the Financial Times listed Reisman as one of the Top 50 Businesswomen in the world.
Tatiana Maslany – A Tour de Force on Screen and Stage
Canadian Screen Award and Emmy Award-winner Tatiana Maslany is a Saskatchewan native who skyrocketed to fame for playing multiple characters in the award-winning series “Orphan Black;” and on the heels of her starring role in Marvel’s “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” Maslany’s true ‘superpower’ has been using her voice and platform to shine a light on LGBTQ+ rights.
Just For Laughs – Canada’s International Comedy Institution
Canada’s world-renowned Just For Laughs have made funny their business since 1983. From its humble beginnings at the Saint-Denis Theatre in Montréal, today Just For Laughs is the most important player in the global comedy industry. An international powerhouse of multi-platform comedy content.
Lionel Conacher – Canada’s Greatest All-Around Athlete
Lionel Conacher (1900-1954) was reputedly the greatest all-round athlete Canada has ever produced, excelling in boxing, football and Hockey Hall of Famer, winning two Stanley Cups. In 1937, Conacher retired from professional
sports and after a stint in the Armed Forces, became a Member of Parliament.
Barbara Frum – The Most Influential Woman in Canadian Broadcasting
Barbara Frum (1937-1992) was one of the most recognized voices in Canada. As a journalist for CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” and subsequently for CBC TV’s “The Journal,” Frum was known for her direct style and hard-hitting questions, having interviewed more than 2,600 people, including politicians, change-makers, celebrities, and cult leaders.
Julien Christian Lutz, pka Director X – Canada’s Most Iconic Music Video Director
The protégé of iconic director Hype Williams, Lutz is known for his trailblazing videos for some of the biggest music superstars in the world, such as Drake, Rihanna, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few. A creative force, Lutz’s credits also include the feature film, “Superfly” for Sony Studios and the upcoming modern-day reimagining of the classic tale, “Robyn Hood,” featuring a fearless heroine as ‘Robyn.’
The Tragically Hip – In Pursuit of Social and Environmental Justice
For more than three decades, The Tragically Hip’s tireless activism and philanthropic pursuits have raised millions of dollars for multiple social and environmental causes. They used their enormous megaphone in 2016 to shine a spotlight on the country’s systemic mistreatment of Indigenous peoples. The legacy of the band’s frontman, the late Gord Downie, continues with “The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.”
Arkells are the recipients of the 2022 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour in recognition of their positive impact on others and contributions to the community. The 2022 edition of “The Rally” concert donated $1 from every ticket sold benefiting geared-to-income housing in Hamilton, ON; and the band regularly gives their time to uplift others from free music lessons to raise money for local food banks to building a community basketball court.