Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Corey Hart Calls Canada's Walk of Fame Induction 'Most Meaningful Career Event'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Corey Hart Calls Canada's Walk of Fame Induction 'Most Meaningful Career Event'

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Corey Hart delighted by Walk of Fame honour

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TORONTO - Even with his collection of smash hits, millions in worldwide album sales and countless awards, Corey Hart says his induction into Canada's Walk of Fame is the ultimate honour.

"There's nothing that comes close to it," said the Montreal-born singer-songwriter. "This is the most meaningful career event of my life.

"I always wanted to write music, and I always wanted to touch people with what I did. To be recognized by my country for my body of work and what I've accomplished in my lifetime is beyond humbling."

The "Sunglasses at Night" hitmaker was among six honourees celebrated at the Walk of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday.

Joining Hart in the 2016 class were NHL Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler, actor-director Jason Priestley, filmmaker Deepa Mehta, veteran fashion entrepreneur and journalist Jeanne Beker, and the late stage and screen icon Al Waxman.

For Priestley, who catapulted to international fame on "Beverly Hills, 90210," he sees the Walk of Fame as an inspirational symbol for Canadian youth of the ability to aspire to and achieve their loftiest goals.

"So you're from Thunder Bay, (Ontario) so you're from Bella Coola, British Columbia -- it doesn't matter," said the Vancouver-born star.

"You can become a famous artist, you can become a famous musician, you can write a New York Times bestselling novel. Don't be afraid to chase your dreams and don't be afraid to dream big. That's what the Walk of Fame is really all about."

For Beker, who hosted the long-running and internationally syndicated "Fashion Television," there was an air of serendipity around the honour.

She recalled how her father, a Holocaust survivor, started a slipper factory in 1950s -- the same building which now houses the Walk of Fame office.

"My parents proved to me that anything is possible in this country," said Beker. …

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