Jason Priestley and Jeanne Beker are among the 2016 lineup of stars being inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. On Oct. 6, these Canadian treasures will join director Deepa Mehta, hockey legend Darryl Sittler, musician Corey Hart and the family of late actor Al Waxman at a celebratory ceremony honouring their contributions to the Canadian arts and entertainment landscape.
“Each year, we shine the spotlight on remarkable Canadians who have excelled in their careers and have contributed to the cultural fabric of this country, inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame, in a press release. “We are proud to honour this year’s inductees whose achievements will leave a lasting legacy for generations of Canadians.”
Private Eyes star Jason Priestley is no stranger to the Canada's Walk of Fame broadcast, having hosted the event for the past two years. This time around, the father of two will take the stage to accept an honour that has been bestowed on the likes of Michael J. Fox, Margaret Atwood, Wayne Gretzky and Celine Dion.
After more than three decades in the fashion world, Jeanne Beker has become a household name. The television star and journalist has interviewed the industry's top names and turned her eye for style into a successful eponymous clothing line.
King of Kensington star Al Waxman will receive this year's Cineplex legends honours. The acclaimed actor had starring roles in Cagney & Lacey and Twice in a Lifetime before suddenly passing away in 2001 at the age of 65.
Behind the camera, Deepa Mehta is one of Canada's most distinguished directors, having titles like Midnight's Children and Beeba Boys to her name. She was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.
On the musical side, Corey Hart is being recognized for his stellar career spanning back to the 1980s. The Montreal native has sold more than 16 million albums and his single "Sunglasses at Night" continues to be one of the decade's most familiar tunes.
Finally, it wouldn't be a walk of fame party without a representative from Canada's national past time. Former Toronto Maple Leafs' captain Darryl Sittler never won a Stanley Cup but his excellence both on and off the ice has made him one of the NHL's most beloved legends.
This year's Allan Slaight Award, which Shawn Mendes accepted in 2015, will be presented to country singer Brett Kissel. The honour recognizes young talent who have worked hard to turn their dreams into reality.