Canada’s Walk Of Fame Induction
Brett Gundlock, National Post
Singer Nelly Furtado is excited to be among the latest inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto on Saturday. She said she was thrilled to meet fellow inductee Sarah Polley, who “does a karaoke impression of me.”
National Post · Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
Canada’s Walk of Fame rolled out the red carpet on Saturday night, welcoming seven new members in a gala induction ceremony in Toronto. Sarah Polley, Nelly Furtado, Eric McCormack, Clara Hughes, David Clayton-Thomas, the late Doug Henning and Farley Mowat joined the fold, bringing the total membership to 131. The Post’s Ben Kaplan breaks down the evening’s highlights:
REMEMBERING HER GRANDMOTHER
“I think about my grandmother who moved here in her mid-50s with her ten kids to start a new life after she lost her husband and I know I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her,” said singer Nelly Furtado. “Canada’s a huge part of my story.”
Sarah Polley accepted her award after Gordon Pinsent narrated a clip that spoke of the highlights of a career that began when the actress was four. “How lucky I’ve been,” she said, “to have a career in the arts and get to stay home.”
“Finch Avenue East Public School!” shouted David Clayton-Thomas, pictured below, upon accepting his award, referencing a buddy in the audience who knew the singer before there was Blood, Sweat & Tears.
R&B singer Jully Black, who would be singing Blood, Sweat & Tears to usher in inductee David Clayton-Thomas, was asked who designed her outfit. “This might be an H&M special,” she said, flipping the tag around on her slinky black dress.
“This might be the first time I ever walked down the middle of Yonge Street,” said actor Eric McCormack, who brought along his 8-year-old son and Janet, his wife. Wearing a long maroon dress by Caroline Herrera, Mrs. McCormack smiled when asked about her elbow-long gloves. “They’re from Holts,” she said.
HERE’S TO YOU, FARLEY
“Mr. Mowat, what are you going to do to celebrate your induction?” we asked the 89-year-old legend. “I’m going to drink myself into extinction,” he said. “It might be done with some difficulty, depends upon how strong I feel.”
CHALLENGE OF HEELS
Cycling and skating Olympic medalist Clara Hughes, pictured below, said the evening was challenging. “I’m more comfortable on 17-inch blades than in heels,” she said.
Doug Henning , pictured below, had the most moving tribute, with both Bill Cosby and David Copperfield appearing in his clip. “He was always searching for something unique,” said Cosby, appropriately. “Long before I made the Statue of Liberty disappear, there was Doug,” said Copperfield, who was apparently unable to make references to himself disappear.
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Canada’s Walk Of Fame InductionIn Canada on October 18, 2010 at 08:10