Canadian achievement and contribution were celebrated, Dec. 1, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The 20th annual Canada’s Walk of Fame awards featured presenters and performers such as Russell Peters, Sarah McLachlan and The Tenors.
This year’s inductees in the arts and entertainment category were Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, for their contributions in the television and film industry; Andy Kim, award-winning singer-songwriter; and Andrea Martin, Tony and Emmy-winning actress and singer.
In the science and technology category, Col. Chris Hadfield was recognized for his achievement as the first Canadian to walk in space and the first Canadian spaceship commander.
Jimmy Pattinson was inducted under the business and entrepreneurship category for founding Canada’s second largest private company, the Jim Pattinson Group.
In the philanthropy and humanities category, Dr. Joanne Liu was recognized for her work with people around the world. Since 2013, Dr. Liu has been the international president of Médicins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). Some of her work includes helping refugees in Kenya, supporting people after the tsunami in Indonesia, and working with patients after the earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti.
Leonard Cohen was celebrated as a legend inductee for his contributions to the music industry.
Olympic ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were inducted under the sports and athletics category. In February, the duo set a record after winning gold in ice-dance and team events at PyeongChang, making them the most highly-decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.
In addition to the inductees, 27-year-old singer Jessie Reyez won the annual Allan Slaight Honour award, given to an individual who has created change in the music industry and has impacted it in a positive way.
The show will be aired on CTV in December.
Photo: The 2018 Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees. Canada’s Walk of Fame photo