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More than 50 performers take over Toronto’s David Pecaut Square as part of Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival September 22-24


Performers include Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, Rebel Coast, ISH, Matt DiSero, Maureen Jennnings, NEFE – the Grand Prize winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize, and more…

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Canada's Walk of Fame presented by RBC

TORONTO, ONTARIO, September 17, 2014 -  Canada’s Walk of Fame, along with National Premier Partner RBC, announces three days of free programming as part of Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival, presented by Tim Hortons. Taking over Toronto’s David Pecaut Square from September 22 – September 24, the Festival features an all-Canadian lineup of multi-disciplinary acts, from musical performances to book readings, stand-up comedy to breakdancing routines.

From 12 p.m. through to 11 p.m. each day, the Festival’s free programming spotlights a talented collection of Canadian performers including 19-year-old rapper Wali (Flo) Shah who uses music and poetry to spread awareness about social issues; comedians Matt DiSero and Glen Foster; book readings from acclaimed authors Maureen Jennings and Kelley Armstrong; musical performances by Toronto-based acappella group Eh440, roots rockers The Treasures, renowned bluegrass duo The Abrams Brothers; Coquitlam, B.C.’s Tyler Shaw; JUNO Award winner Tomi Swick and chart-topping musician Karl Wolf. Plus the seven winners of this year’s RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize are scheduled to take the stage, including Grand Prize winner NEFE.

Canadian television and social media personality Lauren Toyota will serve as host for this exciting free three-day event. Lauren was most recently the host of MTV Canada's After Degrassi, and was also a host and producer on MTV News.

*Media note*: For a full schedule of the free programming at David Pecaut Square, visit

“This year’s free Festival programming offers three days of amazing Canadian talent in a variety of disciplines,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “There is truly something for everyone. This Festival provides a chance to discover what’s next in music, dance, literature, comedy and more.”

“We are thrilled that the seven winners of the RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize will have the opportunity to perform at the Festival,” said Shari Austin, Vice President, RBC Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director, RBC Foundation. “In addition to the financial support they will receive, this is a priceless opportunity for our best young Canadian musical performers to gain exposure to broader audiences.”

Funding for the festival has been provided in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund which has the objective to give Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.

In addition, financial support has also been provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

“I believe it is very important to support our artists. From coast to coast to coast, artists and creators are at work creating books, music, comedy and much more. The fruits of their labour enrich our communities, inspire us and make us proud, and I’m pleased that our Government is investing in their efforts by supporting events like Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival,” said The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Below is the full list of performers at David Pecaut Square:

Monday, September 22

  • RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize Winners: NEFE, Angelique Francis, Alessandra Longshaw, The Command Sisters, Jane Baker, Luka Mihajlovic
  • Wali (Flo) Shah (Spoken Word)
  • Ill at Will (Dance Crew)
  • Jeffery Straker (Music)
  • Shawn Hook (Music)
  • Maureen Jennings (Book reading)
  • Jessica Mitchell (Music)
  • Matt DiSero (Comedy)
  • Karl Wolf (Music)
  • Featured Movie – The Vow

Tuesday, September 23

  • Eh440 (Music)
  • Wali (Flo) Shah (Spoken Word)
  • Scott Helman (Music)
  • Bucc N Flvr (Dance Crew)
  • Eh440 (Music)
  • Degrassi Meet & Greet – Jessica Tyler /TBA
  • Theo Tams (Music)
  • JRDN (Music)
  • Rebel Coast (Music)
  • Dylan Mandlsohn (Comedy)
  • Tyler Shaw (Music)
  • Featured Movie – The Proposal

Wednesday, September 24

  • The Abrams Brothers (Music)
  • Steph Cameron (Music)
  • Kelley Armstrong (Book reading)
  • Tomi Swick (Music)
  • Emm Gryner (Music)
  • DUECEnDIP (Dance Crew)
  • Wali (Flo) Shah (Spoken Word)
  • The Treasures (Music)
  • Glen Foster (Comedy)
  • ISH (Music)
  • Kardinal Offishall (Music)

Plus, there will be, an interactive art installation, food trucks, and other activities including autograph sessions, merchandise and ticket giveaways.

In addition to the free programming at David Pecaut Square, Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival also includes three concerts at Massey Hall from September 18-20, featuring headliners Burton Cummings and Band (September 18), Dean Brody with special guest Doc Walker (September 19) and Matthew Good and Jay Baruchel Live: Not So Private Banter (September 20). Tickets are available at or or by calling the theatre box office at 416-872-4255.

The Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival is a central part of a series of signature events that include the Red Carpet and Star Unveilings Ceremony, the Canada’s Walk of Fame show, the Inductee Charity Ball and the national broadcast on Global, which will air Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET.

About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Established in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame (CWOF) aims to celebrate Canadians who have excelled in music, sport, film, television as well as the literary, visual, performing arts, science and innovation in order to engage and inspire the next generation. In 2010, CWOF expanded to include a festival featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers, as well as emerging artists from across the country. The annual celebration culminates in a televised special that celebrates the achievements of Canada’s finest stars. With 2014’s additions, Canada’s Walk of Fame will have 157 inductees, each immortalized with their names forever cemented into the sidewalks of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit:

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Media Contact for Canada’s Walk of Fame:
Adrienne Kakoullis, Holmes PR, 416-628-5610
Jackie Koffman, Holmes PR, 416-628-5608
Shauna Cook, Brand Communications, RBC, 416-974-6286


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