Keanu Reeves Among 2021 Inductees To Canada’s Walk Of Fame
Actors Keanu Reeves and Graham Greene retired Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire and musician Bruce Cockburn are among this year’s inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Singer-songwriter Jully Black, late blues artist Salome Bey, wrestling star Bret (The Hitman) Hart, and decathlete Damian Warner were also announced as 2021 inductees on Wednesday.
The list of 10 is rounded out by Cargojet CEO Ajay Virmani and the University of Toronto scientists who discovered insulin: Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod and James Collip.
The December 4 Walk of Fame gala at Beanfield Centre in Toronto will also give out two special awards: the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour to musician Serena Ryder and the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour to Super Bowl-winning football player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Each year, Canada’s Walk of Fame celebrates Canadian excellence and achievement in the areas of arts and entertainment; entrepreneurship and philanthropy; humanitarianism; science, technology and innovation; and sports and athletics.
This year’s gala will air on a yet-to-be-announced day in December on CTV.
The newest additions bring the total number of inductees to 200. Canada’s Walk of Fame was established in 1998 by the late Peter Soumalias, Bill Ballard and Dusty Cohl, along with Dianne Schwalm and in partnership with Gary Slaight.
News of the death of Soumalias emerged Sunday on the Walk of Fame Twitter account.
Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national not-for-profit organization that’s grown from honouring inductees with engraved sidewalk stars in Toronto’s Entertainment District to a yearlong national series of programs and celebrations.
Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor. He was born in Beirut and raised in Toronto, Reeves began acting in theatre productions and in television films before making his feature film debut in Youngblood (1986).
He had his breakthrough role in the science fiction comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), and he later reprised his role in its sequels.
In addition to acting, Reeves has directed the film Man of Tai Chi (2013). He has played the bass guitar for the band Dogstar and pursued other endeavours such as writing and philanthropy.