Stompin’ Tom Connors to be celebrated posthumously at 2017 Canada’s Walk of Fame gala

The late Stompin’ Tom Connors, pictured here at the 2009 SOCAN Awards, will be honoured at the 2017 Canada’s Walk of Fame gala. (Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography)
October 26, 2017

The late Stompin’ Tom Connors, one of Canada's most iconic singer-songwriters and SOCAN members, is among the six honourees who'll be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Liberty Grand Theatre in Toronto.

Connors' legacy of uniquely Canadian songs extends far beyond the nearly five million records sold in his career, and deep into the hearts, homes, and classrooms of countless Canadians across the country.

At the same Canada’s Walk of Fame ceremony, SOCAN member and pop singer-songwriter Shawn Hook will receive the Walk of Fame’s 2017 Allan Slaight Honour, which recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who’ve achieved international success in the music industry.

Connors is being honoured as the Cineplex Legends Inductee. The other five Walk of Fame honourees for 2017 are:

  • Donovan Bailey (Sports and Athletics)
  • Viola Desmond (Philanthropy and Humanities)
  • Anna Paquin (Arts and Entertainment)
  • Ted Rogers (Business and Entrepreneurship)
  • David Suzuki (Science and Technology)

The gala evening will also serve as a launch party for Beyond Famous: Canada's Walk of Fame, a one-hour documentary hosted by Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack, showcasing the 19-year history of inducting great Canadians. The special will air Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

SOCAN members previously inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame include Michael Bublé, Rush, Sarah McLachlan, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Nickelback, and k.d. lang. Past recipients of the Slaight award include Brett Kissel, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie Fiona, Drake, and Nikki Yanofsky.