It looks like Canada has finally decided to honour the greatness that is Gob Bluth, BoJack Horseman and Lego Batman. Yes, Will Arnett will be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2019 along with eight other talented Canadians including the legendary Ernie Coombs (AKA Mr. Dressup), hockey player Mark Messier and Olympic medalist Cindy Klassen.
Arnett and the rock band Triumph will be honoured as Arts and Entertainment inductees, Messier and Klassen will represent Canadian excellence in Sports and Athletics while Coombs will be a Legend Inductee, which is an honour “given posthumously to a Canadian pioneer in film and television, music, sports, arts or innovation.” Coombs defined children’s entertainment for more than a generation, first working as a puppeteer with Fred Rogers (that’s Mr. Rogers to you) and then as Mr. Dressup on his own show. He was born in the U.S. and began his career there, but moved permanently to Canada in the mid-1960s.
Those inductees are joined by Science, Technology and Innovation honourees architect Frank Gehry and the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith (LET’S GO RAPS). Long-time Dragons’ Den investor (and owner of Boston Pizza) Jim Treliving will also receive his plaque as a Business and Entrepreneurship inductee.
Back in October, Canada’s Walk of Fame announced its 2019 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honouree would be none other than Brampton’s own Alessia Cara. When she spoke to etalk on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet before her performance, Alessia was over the moon with receiving the honour at her tender age of 23.
“I was so excited—I did not think that that was ever something that could be possible so early on in my career,” she told Liz Trinnear. “I was like ‘Already? What?’ I feel so honoured. It’s crazy.”
The honourees with be inducted at the ceremony on November 23rd at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. Other guests expected to attend are Sharon and Bram of “Sharon Lois and Bram,” Robert Herjavec of Dragons’ Den and Me to We founders Marc and Craig Kielburger. Music producer (and recent documentary subject) David Foster and The Tenors are expected to perform at the festivities and Lawrence Gowan (of The Styx fame) and the Rock Army will play a tribute to Triumph.