Terry Fox, jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and actors Alan Thicke and Victor Garber are among the latest inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame.
Organizers unveiled the newest batch of honourees in Toronto on Tuesday morning. Also joining the walk are music mogul Bob Ezrin, soccer star Christine Sinclair and activists Craig and Marc Kielburger.
Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, behind 2012's ubiquitous hit Call Me Maybe, is this year's winner of the Allan Slaight Award, which recognizes a young Canadian who is making a positive impact.
"Each year, we are reminded of just how many Canadians have persevered in their fields, leaving us inspired in our own individual pursuit of excellence," Dan McGrath, chair of Canada's Walk of Fame board of directors, said in a statement.
"This year's inductees are no exception and we are honoured to welcome these outstanding Canadians to the ranks of Canada's Walk of Fame."
To be eligible, Walk of Fame candidates must have been born in or spent their creative or formative years in Canada. They must have achieved a minimum of 10 years of success and developed a recognized body of work that has had a significant influence on Canada's cultural heritage.
The 2013 inductees:
- Montreal icon, Grammy winner and jazz great, Peterson was one of Canada's best known musicians. The internationally celebrated pianist and companion of the Order of Canada died in 2007.
- Winnipeg-born, B.C.-raised Fox was the legendary runner and activist who created the Marathon of Hope, with the goal of running across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. Since 1981, when Fox succumbed to cancer, more than $600 million has been raised in his name through the annual, international Terry Fox Run.
- For more than 50 years, Toronto-born music and events producer Ezrin has worked with a wide range of acts — from Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper to Lang Lang, K'naan and Taylor Swift. Most recently, his credits include producing the Jay-Z doc Fade to Black, folk icon Pete Seeger's 90th birthday concert and the Juno-winning charity fundraiser track Raising Flag.
- Burnaby, B.C.'s Sinclair is a 10-time winner of the Canadian Soccer Player of the Year title and, in 2012, dramatically led the Canadian women's team to Olympic bronze. The team captain served as Canada's flag-bearer at the closing ceremony of the London Games and subsequently won the Lou Marsh Trophy (Canada's athlete of the year) as well as the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (Canada's female athlete of the year).
- The Toronto-area Kielburger siblings are human rights activists, authors, columnists and entrepreneurs who co-founded Free The Children, the world's largest youth-driven charity and provider of schools and education to children in eight developing countries. The pair have also created social awareness programs to engage youth in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.
- A Hollywood stalwart born in London, Ont., Garber is a regular on both stage and screen. He has earned kudos on Broadway for turns in productions like Damn Yankees, Follies and Art, at the Emmy Awards for shows like Alias and the miniseries Life with Judy Garland, and for Oscar-celebrated films such as Argo, Milk and Titanic.
- A former TV writer and TV theme composer-turned-Emmy-nominated actor, Thicke is best known for his 1980s stint as the patriarch of TV's Growing Pains. Originally from Kirkland Lake, Ont., the actor has continued with a host of TV and film appearances, including in How I Met Your Mother and That's My Boy, turned up on theatre stages and penned books as well as a popular online column.
Honouring Canadian excellence
The class of 2013 will be honoured at a ceremony at the historic Elgin Theatre on Sept. 21.
First celebrated in 1998, the Walk of Fame has honoured Canadians who have excelled in a variety of fields, including music, sport, film and television, literature, science and innovation, design and visual and performing arts.
Each year, inductees are celebrated at a fall gala, and their names added to engraved stars displayed along King and Simcoe Streets in downtown Toronto.
Past inductees include ballet star Karen Kain, hockey great Bobby Orr, music legends Rush, author Timothy Findley, astronaut Roberta Bondar, acclaimed troupe Cirque du Soleil and comedian Russell Peters.