Canada’s Walk of Fame has announced Jessie Reyez as its 2018 recipient of the Allan Slaight Honour, recognizing young Canadians who are turning their talent into inspiration and having a positive impact on the music industry. Reyez began writing her own music in high school and saw her 2016 single Figures hit the Canadian Hot 100. She won the Juno Award as Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2018 and has received multiple other award nominations. Reyez will accept the honour at the Walk Of Fame Awards show on Dec. 1 in Toronto. The show will air on CTV.
“Jessie is such a great example of the spirit of the Allan Slaight Honour,” said Jeffrey Latimer, Walk of Fame CEO. “Her music, work ethic, success and unlimited potential for the future show other young Canadian musicians what is possible.”
“I’m really honoured to be recognized,” said Reyez. “These past few years have been a dream and, to be honest, my team and I have made it a point to continue to work hard and not lose momentum; however, because of this decision, we rarely get moments to reflect and enjoy the blessings that music has provided. That being said, I’m very grateful for receiving this recognition, especially at home, and for getting this moment to pause and reflect and be thankful. In Toronto, I’ve had so many people positively influence me in our music community, so to be a recipient for something that celebrates positive influence and inspiration is an honour. Thank you.”
Past Allan Slaight Honourees include Drake, Melanie Fiona, Shawn Hook, Brett Kissel, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Nikki Yanofsky.
“Jessie epitomizes everything that my father Allan had in mind when this award was created in his honour,” said Gary Slaight. “Rising from humble beginnings here in Toronto, her determination, talent, ambition and bedrock family roots have been the compass that has led her to greater recognition and growing international success. We wish her the very best in the years to come.”
“Jessie is an incredibly unique artist, with an outstanding, worldly voice,” said Randy Lennox, Bell Media president. “She is in excellent company with previous honourees and it’s indicative of her limitless talent and dedication to the industry.”
Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes Canadians who have excelled on national and international stages in their respective fields, including music, sports, film and television, literary, visual and performing arts, science, innovation, philanthropy and social justice. Now in its 20th year, the organization is deepening its commitment and broadening its impact across Canada with new initiatives including Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex (where inductees receive stars in Toronto and in their hometowns) and expanded existing programs like the RBC Emerging Musician Program.
Visit canadaswalkoffame.com for a complete list of inductees, along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame.