SOCAN member Avril Lavigne is among five new inductees named to Canada’s Walk of Fame. The other four are philanthropist and broadcast industry mogul Gary Slaight, Roots clothing founders Michael Budman and Don Green, and Cree/Métis actress Tantoo Cardinal.
The Walk of Fame is also celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year with a cohort of musical inductees under the banner Canada’s Rock of Fame, honouring 13 classic-rock artists from the ‘70s and ‘80s at a special event on Sept. 28, 2023, at Massey Hall. The inductees are SOCAN member acts April Wine, Chilliwack, Glass Tiger, Lee Aaron, Lighthouse, Loverboy, Max Webster, Michel Pagliaro, Platinum Blonde, Prism, Rough Trade, The Parachute Club, and Trooper. Performers at the event haven’t been announced yet, but it’s expected that various of the inductee singers and band members will sing and play onstage.
Other 2023 inductees include Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella; TV drama Degrassi; record-breaking hockey player Connor McDavid; TV personality Rick Mercer; and pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Brenda Milner.
In addition, Canada’s Walk of Fame will celebrate its silver anniversary with another special event, scheduled for Dec. 2, 2023, at Toronto’s Convention Centre, with CTV broadcasting the event at a later date.