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Canada’s Walk of Fame announces 2006 inductees

This morning Canada's Walk of Fame along with this year’s host, Trish Stratus announced the names of the inductees that will be receiving a star on the walk this June.

The press conference was held this morning at the Cineplex Entertainment’s Paramount Toronto Cinemas. It began at 8 a.m. and was broadcasted by CTV’s morning show Canada AM.

Wondering who the inductees are?

“The answer is...This Sudbury native is very honoured and excited at the opportunity of coming home to be in the company of the other Walk of Fame nominees.  The correct question, of course, is ‘Who is ME?’” says famous game show host and one of the selected inductees for 2006, Alex Trebek.

Three-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Game Show Host, Alex Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa with degrees in philosophy. He now embarks upon his 22 season of Jeopardy!

Trebek will be receiving the honour along with Pamela Anderson, Jann Arden, Brendan Fraser, Robert Goulet, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, and The Crazy Canucks (Dave Irwin, Dave Murray, Ken Read, and Steve Podborski) this summer.

Pamela Anderson was dubbed the ‘Centennial baby’ when she entered the world on July 1, 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday. She grew up in Ladysmith B.C. and has since had a successful career in Hollywood as a model/actress.

From Calgary, Alberta, Jann Arden recently released her eighth self entitled album in April 2005. This award winning artist currently has eight Junos, four Prairie Music awards and will soon have a star on the Walk.

Crash star, Brendan Fraser is the son of Canadian parents and as a child traveled often between Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Although Fraser was born in the U.S. he holds on to his Canadian roots with his duel Canadian and American passport and his ability to speak fluent French.

Robert Goulet moved to Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 13 where his musical talent blossomed. He won a singing scholarship at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and in 1951, he made his concert debut in Edmonton as part of Handel’s Messiah.

Funny man, Eugene Levy known for his roles in The Mighty Wind, Best in Show and American Pie was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Levy was an instrumental part of the Canadian comedy show Second City Television. This McMaster university alumni would later bring his comedic skill to L.A. and help define comedy in Hollywood.

Paul Shaffer, most well known as David Letterman’s musical sidekick, has been instrumental in the entertainment industry. The Thunder Bay native has brought his skill to Saturday Night Live, Toronto’s production Godspell, The Bridget Jones Diary soundtrack, and much more.

Canadian Olympic ski champions The Crazy Canucks, Dave Irwin (Canmore, Alberta), Dave Murray (Vancouver, B.C.), Ken Read (Calgary, Alberta), and Steve Podborski (Toronto, Ontario), dominated the sport of downhill skiing from the mid 70s into the early 80s. This was the golden era of skiing for Team Canada, when four relatively unknown skiers from across the country launched into international success.

“This is a real milestone,” said Peter Soumalias, CEO and President of Canada’s Walk of Fame.  “This summer’s Tribute Gala will bring the total number of stars on the Walk of Fame to over 100, and there are still plenty of Canadians to honour.” 

The star unveiling and annual gala is currently scheduled for June 3.