#FIRSTLOOK: THE PROPERTY BROTHERS AND DEBORAH COX TO CO-HOST 2023 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME GALA
Canada’s Walk of Fame, the nation’s crowning jewel of Canadian excellence, proudly announces beloved TV personalities, entrepreneurs and design superstars, Canada’s own Drew and Jonathan Scott of The Property Brothers along with world-renowned singer, songwriter, actor, Broadway star and 2022 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Deborah Cox as co-hosts of the highly anticipated event of the year, the 2023 Canada’s Walk of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, December 2, 2023. A special Canada’s Walk of Fame 25th Anniversary broadcast will follow on Saturday, December 16, at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.
A triple threat, Deborah, Drew and Jonathan will infuse the star-studded tribute to this year’s Inductees and Honourees with their charisma, quick wit, (secret talents), and Canadian sense of humour in front of an audience of 2000 comprising of special guests, VIPs and esteemed past Inductees.
The New York Times best-selling authors, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, renovators, and real estate experts Drew and Jonathan Scott are co-founders of lifestyle and entertainment company Scott Brothers Global, which includes Scott Brothers Entertainment as well as multi-category home furnishings brands Drew & Jonathan Home and Scott Living. Known for their empire of home design shows, including Property Brothers: Forever Home, Celebrity IOU, and Brother vs. Brother, they have helped families around the country create happy and healthy homes, as well as celebrities including the Kardashians, Halle Berry, Michael Bublé, Brad Pitt, and many more give back to the people in their lives. Since debuting Property Brothers in 2011, their shows have been watched by over 18 million viewers monthly across 160 countries, making them HGTV’s top talent. For more information on The Property Brothers, visit www.drewandjonathan.com. WATCH Drew and Jonathan’s reaction to co-hosting Canada’s Walk of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Deborah Cox is an award-winning recording artist, Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee, Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, and international talent spanning the worlds of music, Broadway, television, film, and fashion. An established songstress, Cox has scaled the R&B and Pop chart with six top 20 Billboard R&B singles and an impressive thirteen No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart. Her sophomore album spawned 2 No. 1 R&B songs, including the record-breaking “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” which spent 14 weeks at the top (the longest in history at the time) and “We Can’t Be Friends.” In addition to her illustrious musical catalogue, the Canadian-born star has been recognized for her undying commitment to various social justice initiatives. In 2020, Deborah was honoured with Black Music Honors’ Entertainer Icon Award for her 25 ground-breaking years in the music industry. A seasoned entertainer, both on-screen and off, Deborah is currently winning rave reviews for her roles on BET’s First Wives Club and Emmy-nominated HBO MAX series, Station Eleven. In May 2022, Deborah reached a pinnacle career milestone when she made history as the first Black woman inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In the same year, Deborah was given the Key to the City and September 23rd was declared Deborah Cox Day. She also received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, rounding off an incredible year. Deborah just launched her new wine, Kazaisu and can be seen in ‘The Wiz’ touring nationally before heading to Broadway in 2024. For more information on Deborah, visit www.deborahcox.com. WATCH Deborah’s reaction video to co-hosting the Celebration.
“Our 25th Anniversary celebration shines even brighter as we welcome Canada’s most famous twins and most treasured songstress to our stage, paying tribute to over a quarter-century of Canadian greatness,” says Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “The world has fallen in love with Drew and Jonathan for their captivating designs, larger-than-life personalities and inspiring philanthropic endeavours that touch countless lives. And Deborah is a force of impeccable talent who has graced stages and captivated hearts across the globe. Her unwavering resolve to stand against marginalization and inequity is truly inspiring. To have these national treasures join us as we pay tribute to this year’s Inductees and Honourees is a gift.”
Canada’s Walk of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Celebration will be history-in-the-making as the biggest gathering of Canadian achievers with past and current Inductees together under one roof, from athletes, actors, legends, Olympians, musicians, filmmakers, storytellers, humanitarians, astronauts, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, titans of science & innovation, and next generation of heroes.
The 2023 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees announced to date who will be celebrated on December 2 are champion of Human Rights and Social Justice, The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella (Humanitarianism); co-founders of the marquee Canadian brand ROOTS CANADA, Michael Budman and Don Green (Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy); multi-award-winning Indigenous actress, Tantoo Cardinal (Arts & Entertainment); the Canadian youth culture phenomenon, Degrassi (Arts and Entertainment); global superstar, Avril Lavigne (Arts & Entertainment); Canada’s record-breaking NHL Sensation, Connor McDavid (Sports and Athletics); Canada’s pioneering neuroscientist and oldest living Inductee at 105, Dr. Brenda Milner (Science, Technology and Innovation); beloved television superstar and influential commentator, Rick Mercer (Arts and Entertainment); and philanthropic champion of Canadian culture, arts and music, Gary Slaight (Arts & Entertainment).
Also joining Canada’s Walk of Fame this year are the 13 Canadian rock bands and musicians honoured during “Canada’s Rock of Fame” – a mega induction at Toronto’s Massey Hall that took place this past September in tribute to April Wine, Chilliwack, Glass Tiger, Lee Aaron, Lighthouse, Loverboy, Max Webster, Michel Pagliaro, Platinum Blonde, PRISM, Rough Trade, The Parachute Club, and Trooper.
This year’s honourees, including Kardinal Offishall, the 2023 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour recipient, will also attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration, along with the National Hero and Community Hero recipients (to be announced).
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