Canada’s Walk of Fame recently announced its latest batch of inductees. They are athlete Donovan Bailey, humanitarian Viola Desmond, actress Anna Paquin, entrepreneur Ted Rogers, educator David Suzuki, and musical legend Stompin’ Tom Connors. Recording artist Shawn Hook has been named recipient of the Allan Slaight award. These will be honoured at the Beyond Famous Gala November 15 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. Also featured is the unveiling of a special Star for Canada in commemoration of Canada 150.
Connors has over 300 songs credited to his name with sales in excess of 4 million copies. Some of his most popular country tunes are “Bud the Spud”, “Luke’s Guitar”, “The Bridge Came Tumbling Down”, “Sudbury Saturday Night”, “Big Joe Mufferaw”, “Ketchup Song”, and Canadian anthem “The Hockey Song”. Stompin’ Tom won six JUNO awards from 1971-1975. He was born in Saint John, NB.
Shawn is from small town BC and has placed six songs on the Billboard Hot 100: “Every Red Light” (65), “So Close” (68), “Million Ways” (44), “Sound of Your Heart” (23), “Relapse” (88), and “Reminding Me” (30). Both of his Top 30 hits struck platinum. Shawn has been working hard to promote his brand internationally. His newest hit pairs him with American singer Vanessa Hudgens performing it live on U.S. network NBC’s “Today Show” and on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.
“The Allan Slaight Honour recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry.”
“Past recipients are Brett Kissel, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie Fiona, Drake, and Nikki Yanofsky.”