This Just In: Canada's Walk of Fame Announces Alessia Cara as the 2019 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour Recipient

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(Toronto, ON) October 16, 2019 – Canada’s Walk of Fame announced today that multiplatinum-selling, singer-songwriter Alessia Cara will receive its 2019 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards Show on November 23, 2019.  Music Impact has been added to this distinction (formerly known as the Allan Slaight Honour) to shine a greater light on a Canadian artist who has had a significant music influence within Canada, and whose career in the music industry has been further recognized around the world. 

“Alessia Cara’s soulful, expressive songwriting and artistry makes her a voice for her generation. She has the remarkable ability to inspire, unite, and bring important issues that affect today’s youth to the forefront through her music,” says Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame.  “Alessia’s powerful campaign with I Am That Girl has made a positive impact to change social conversations, and empower young women everywhere. We are incredibly proud to celebrate and recognize Alessia with the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour at this year’s 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards.”

“Such a genuine honour to be recognized this way by my home country. Knowing that I’ve made any impact at all, let alone something of this capacity feels incredible,” says Alessia Cara. “I’m so proud to represent Canada in any way I can; and I hold this one super close to my heart.  The 15-year-old me wouldn’t have believed it.”

Canada’s only “Best New Artist” Grammy Award winner and Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam Recordings artist Alessia Cara emerged onto the music scene in 2015 with her global anthem “Here.” Cara’s first release “Here” grabbed the world’s attention when it garnered over 500,000 streams on Soundcloud in its first week, going on to become Spotify’s Most Viral Song of 2015 selling over 3 million copies. A five-track EP, Four Pink Walls, soon followed before the release of the full-length certified platinum KNOW–IT-ALL. Alessia lent her voice to “How Far I’ll Go,” the official song for Disney’s animated film Moana, penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Her multi-platinum #1 hit single, “Scars to Your Beautiful,” is Cara’s gut-wrenching take on female identity, on body image and on deleterious behaviors in the name of beauty. “Stay” her #1 hit with Zedd has sold over 2 million copies and has been called the “Song of the Summer.” “1-800-273-8255,” her most recent #1 smash with Logic went platinum 5x, contributing to her 6 global smash hits and 8.5 billion streams worldwide. She was one of the most streamed new female artists of 2017.

“I would like to congratulate Alessia on receiving the 2019 Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour,” says Gary Slaight CEO/President Slaight Communications. “Her altruism, generosity and inspirational messages mirror my father Allan’s deeply held belief that we can all make a change for the better in this world.  Of particular note are her efforts to empower young women through the I Am That Girl campaign that is offering help to young women ages 14 to 22.”  

Past Allan Slaight Honourees include Jessie Reyez, Drake, Melanie Fiona, Shawn Hook, Brett Kissel, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Nikki Yanofsky.

THE 2019 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS broadcast is slated for December 2019 on CTV. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date.


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About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Now in its 21st year, Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national platform that celebrates Canadian achievement at the highest level in many fields, fueling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Canada’s Walk of Fame is the foremost honour for cultural, entrepreneurial, athletic, philanthropic and science/technology excellence in Canada.

Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program; Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex; the Community Hero Program, presented by MLSE and Scotiabank; and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Founded in 1998 by Peter Soumalias, Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Gary Slaight, Canada’s Walk of Fame has over 180 inductions to date, with these icons having stars as a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame, visit:

Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2019 Partners: Bell Media, Cineplex Entertainment, Slaight Communications, RBC, WestJet, TRACE Water, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, MolsonCoors, Bennington Worldwide, The Globe & Mail, The Printing House, and its Friends of Canada’s Walk of Fame, MLSE and Scotiabank.

The 2019-2020 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Walter Schneider, President & Co-Founder, RE/MAX INTEGRA / RE/MAX Europe, includes: Nick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group; Tom Anselmi, President Business Operations and COO of The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and Ice District; Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media; Amanda Lang, Anchor, BNN Bloomberg; Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex Entertainment; Lewis Rusen, Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry; Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution Canada; Cathy Honor, Senior Vice President and Head, Global Call Centres and Omni Channel Engagement, RBC Royal Bank; Thor Richardson and Linda Mantia.
Canada’s Walk of Fame is a registered charity. Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001

About Slaight Family Foundation

The Slaight Family Foundation was established in 2008 by John Allan Slaight. Allan Slaight is known as Canada’s broadcast pioneer, music leader and a prominent Canadian philanthropist. Through his generosity, the Foundation proactively supports charitable initiatives in the areas of healthcare, at-risk youth, international development, social services and culture.



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