If you spent the 1970/80s listening to radio, then you’ve most likely heard of most, if not all, of the inductees and performers at the first of two 25th anniversary Canada Rock of Fame events taking place in Toronto this year. 

The first takes place September 28th at the recently refurbished Massey Hall, orchestrated by Jeffrey Latimer, Chief Executive Officer at Canada’s Walk of Fame, and  Co-Founder/Partner with LOFT Entertainment.

Those who were lucky enough to secure tickets to the event will be under the same roof with the likes of  April WineChilliwackGlass TigerLee AaronLighthouseLoverboyMax WebsterMichel PagliaroPlatinum BlondePRISMRough TradeThe Parachute Club, and Trooper.

And it’s not just the musicians that will be providing a flashback for fans, as Jeanne Beker and Terry David Mulligan host the event, with a slew of presenters comprised of some of the most recognizable names in the music industry. These include industry veterans including, Roger Ashby, Marilyn Denis, Steve Anthony, Alan Cross, Terry Dimonte, John Donabie, Liz Janik, Stu Jeffries, David Marsden, Maie Pauts, Ingrid Schumacher, Michael Williams, Erica Ehm, and Christopher Ward, , as well as renowned drag entertainer, Brooke Lynn Hytes and Poet Laureate of Ontario Randell Adjei.

Canada’s Walk of Fame was established in 1998 by founders Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Peter Soumalias, with Dianne Schwalm and in partnership with Gary Slaight. Now celebrating its 25th year, the national not-for-profit organization inspires Canadians by proudly shining a light on extraordinary achievers and their journeys. There are over 200 inductions to date, with stars having a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. 

In honour of the 13 Canadian rock legends joining Canada’s Walk of Fame’s distinguished ranks, the electrifying performances, collaborations and special guests include:

·          Vocal powerhouse Lee Aaron together with Fefe Dobson

·          Twenty-year-old emerging artist Charlie Edward  

·          Al Connelly, Alan Frew, and Sam Reid of Glass Tiger

·          Bill Henderson of Chilliwack

·          Platinum Blonde’s singer/guitarist Mark Holmes and guitarist Sergio Galli

·          Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar

·          Rock duo and born storytellers Crown Lands

·          Members of jazz-rock-classical fusion band Lighthouse

·          Colin Macdonald and John Angus Macdonald members of the award-winning East Coast rockers, The Trews, to perform a special tribute to Trooper

·          Quebec superstar, Michel Pagliaro

·          Loverboy’s Mike Reno and Paul Dean

·          Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club

·          Carole Pope and Kevan Staples of Rough Trade

·          Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, The Honourable Neil Lumsden

This is the first of two induction ceremonies in 2023 as part of the organization’s 25th anniversary events, followed by the annual induction ceremony and broadcast coming up on December 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A special broadcast will air at a later date on CTV.

Any remaining tickets for Canada’s Rock of Fame can be found at Ticketmaster.com.

Following this special event, the celebration continues as both Rough Trade and Michel Pagliaro are set to headline shows at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, respectively.

About Canada’s Rock of Fame Inductees:

April Wine
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Years Active: 1969-1986, 1992 – present
April Wine is a legendary Canadian rock band known for their infectious melodies and timeless hits. With over 10 million albums sold worldwide, their extensive discography includes over 20 studio albums, with classic hits like Bad Side of the MoonRollerI Like to Rock, and Just Between You and Me, which was the first video by a Canadian artist to be played on MTV. Their fifth album, “Stand Back,” has gone double platinum in Canada, cementing their status as a national treasure. In 2009, April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and received the JUNO Lifetime Achievement Award. The following year, they were also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Years Active: 1970-1988, 1997 – present
Award-winning, gold and platinum-selling supergroup 
Chilliwack produced some of the most enduring Canadian rock songs of the 1970s and ‘80s. Among the band’s Canadian and international hits are Lonesome MaryFly at NightCalifornia GirlMy Girl (Gone Gone Gone) and Whatcha Gonna Do. Releasing 12 albums over a 14-year period, Chilliwack’s catchy, easygoing hooks and bright, melodic style were distinguished by the falsetto vocals and tasteful guitar playing of lead singer and songwriter Bill Henderson. In 2019, Chilliwack was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Glass Tiger
Hometown: Newmarket, ON
Years Active: 1983 – present (hiatus 1993-2003)
Grammy Award nominees and five-time JUNO Award winners (13 times nominated), 
Glass Tiger formed in the early ‘80s out of Newmarket, Ontario and has become one of the most successful bands in Canadian music history with over 5 million albums sold. Their 1986 debut album, “The Thin Red Line’ went multi-platinum in Canada, gold in the U.S. and led to the hit singles Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) and Someday. Throughout their illustrious career, Glass Tiger has shared stages and performances with some of the world’s leading acts, such as Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Journey, Julian Lennon and Cheap Trick, to name a few.

Lee Aaron
Hometown: Brampton, ON
Years Active: 1980 – present
Lee Aaron is one of Canada’s most iconic vocalists, songwriters, producers, and fearless re-inventors. With an impressive 40+ year career spanning 18 albums and multiple hit singles, she has undertaken successful forays into rock, pop, jazz and even opera.
A pioneer of female-fronted rock in Canada, Aaron released her debut album, “
The Lee Aaron Project,” in 1982. Her sophomore release, 1984’s “Metal Queen,” established Aaron as a trailblazer for women in the genre, elevating her to icon status with legions of rock fans worldwide. The title track is a genderless anthem of empowerment for all fans. A 10-time JUNO Award nominee, Aaron’s 1989’s “BodyRock” and 1991’s “Some Girls Do,” achieved multi-platinum status and included hit singles like Whatcha Do to My BodyHands On, and Some Girls Do.

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Years Active: 1969 – present
Lighthouse’s brand of free-wheeling, jazz-rock-classical fusion took Canada by storm following their debut in May 1969 at Toronto’s Rock Pile. Touring up to 300 days a year across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia, Lighthouse was recognized as one of the best-performing acts of their time. Fifty-five years later, they’re still touring and creating that same high-spirited excitement for fans old and new. Lighthouse has received multiple awards and honours, and their impressive catalogue of 23 albums, several reaching Diamond, Platinum and Gold status, have produced hits such as Sunny Days, One Fine MorningPretty LadyTake it Slow (Out in the Country) and Hats Off (To The Stranger), all of which continue to receive daily radio play and covers.

Hometown: Calgary, AB
Years Active: 1979-1988, 1989, 1991 – present
For more than 40 years, 
Loverboy has been delighting audiences worldwide with their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows. Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, a trio of double-platinum releases and a string of rock staples, including Working for the WeekendLovin’ Every Minute of It, and Turn Me Loose, still heard on many classic rock radio stations around the world. The multiple JUNO Award winners and Canadian Music Hall of Famers were the first Canadian group to earn Columbia Records’ exclusive Crystal Globe Award, celebrating the sale of over five million albums. Loverboy’s reputation as an incredible live act has always been its calling card as the group continues entertaining fans of all ages.

Max Webster
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Years Active: 1972–1981, 1990, 1995–1996, 2007
Canadian rock band 
Max Webster was formed in Toronto in 1972. With frontman Kim Mitchell at the helm, the band released seven albums from 1976-1981 — six of which received Gold status certification and one Platinum certification in Canada. Max Webster cranked out a string of Canadian hits that include Hangover, High Class in Borrowed Shoes, Diamonds, Diamonds, Let Go The Line, A Million Vacations and Paradise Skies. From the mid-1970s to the early ‘80s, the band toured heavily, playing up to 250 dates a year and opening for rock music heavyweights such as Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Blondie, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, The Guess Who, Kansas, Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Rush, REO Speedwagon and Styx.

Michel Pagliaro
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Years Active: 1966 – present
Singer-songwriter, producer and guitarist 
Michel Pagliaro rose to fame in the 1970s with his English and French language rock albums, and bridged the gap between anglophone and francophone Canada. His classics include the French hits Fou de toiSi tu voulaisLouiseL’espion and J’Entends Frapper, which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010 and became the bestselling single in Quebec history, and English favourites Lovin’ You Ain’t EasyRainshowers, Some Sing, Some Dance and What The Hell I Got. Among his many accolades, Pagliaro received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2008 and was the first artist in Canada to have hit singles and gold records in both English and French. Pagliaro still performs today to crowds of loving fans.

Platinum Blonde
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Years Active: 1980-1990, 2010 – present
Known for meticulously arranged coifs and sturdy new-wave hooks, 
Platinum Blonde was founded in 1980 by British-born musician, composer and producer Mark Holmes. The band quickly rose up the charts in 1983 with their self-titled EP before releasing their debut album “Standing In The Dark” while on tour with Bryan Adams and Billy Idol. In 1985, they released their sophomore album “Alien Shores,” which received multi-platinum status and delivered generation-transcending hits Situation CriticalSomebody Somewhere and Crying Over You. Their third studio album, “Contact,” exceeded the ten times platinum sales mark and garnered the band a Gemini Award for Best Music Video. Platinum Blonde’s new wave sound defined a decade in Canadian music. In 2010, the band was Inducted into the Music, and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, and in 2012 released the critically acclaimed album Now & Never. Holmes continues to record and tour, with a new record set for 2024.

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Years Active: 1977-1982, 1988 – 2011
PRISM was formed in 1977 by producer Bruce Fairbairn, songwriter Jim Vallance, guitarist Lindsay Mitchell and singer Ron Tabak. The founders very quickly recruited John Hall (keyboards) and Rocket Norton (drums), followed by Al Harlow (bass) who joined in 1978. On the strength of eight albums and 21 singles, including “Spaceship Superstar,” “Armageddon,” and “Night to Remember,” PRISM’s live concerts sold out the country’s arenas, holding attendance records at many venues. PRISM won GROUP OF THE YEAR at the JUNO AWARDS in 1981.

Rough Trade
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Years Active: 1974-1988
Rough Trade was formed in Toronto in 1974 by multi-instrumentalist Kevan Staples and vocalist Carole Pope. Notorious for the openly sexual nature of their songs and the burlesque theatricality of their live performances — which often included bondage and sexual satire — the band was one of the first mainstream musical acts to include explicitly gay and lesbian references. Four-time JUNO Award winners Rough Trade are best known for the risqué, controversial hit single High School Confidential, which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020. Rough Trade The Musical, written by Pope and Kate Rigg and starring Chilina Kennedy, is being workshopped in New York. A documentary on Carole’s life based on her autobiography Anti Diva is in development with the CBC, produced by Michelle Mama and Gay Agenda.

The Parachute Club
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Years Active: 1982-1989
Toronto-based music collective,
 The Parachute Club was active from 1982-1989. Formed by lead vocalist/guitarist Lorraine Segato and drummer Billy Bryans, the four-time JUNO Award-winning group emerged from the artistic fertile breeding ground of the Queen Street West neighbourhood that exploded throughout the ‘80s. Known for lyrics that embraced feminism, anti-racism and LGBTQ2S+ causes, they were one of the first mainstream acts in Canada to integrate world music influences into their sound, such as reggae and soca. Having performed throughout Canada, the U.S. and Germany, The Parachute Club released several top 40 hits, including At the Feet of the MoonLove Is Fire, Love & Compassion and Rise Up, which is celebrating 40 years of being an anthem for social justice causes.

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Years Active: 1975 – present
Trooper has churned out platinum albums and crowd-pleasing hits since 1975 with classic radio staples Raise a Little Hell, Boys in the Bright White Sports Car, and We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time). With its blend of upbeat pop and energetic rock, the JUNO Award-winning group has sold millions of records, recorded a couple of dozen hits, and is recognized as one of Canada’s top five-selling bands of all time. Trooper’s ten studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards, and their multi-platinum greatest hits, Hot Shots, continues to be one of the country’s most enduring party soundtracks.

TICKETS: Tickets for Canada’s Rock of Fame go on sale through Ticketmaster.com on Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. ET. A limited number of tickets will be sold during a general on-sale on Thursday, July 13, between 10 a.m.-10 p.m. ET, while supplies last. AMEX cardholders qualify for Front of the Line ticket access from Wednesday, July 12 at 10 a.m. ET to Thursday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET.


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Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the following industry colleagues for their expertise and insight in bringing this once-in-a-generation induction event to life:  Randy Lennox, Gil Moore, Dave Charles, Gary Muth, Lisa Zbitnew, Rob Braide, and Christopher Ward.

About Canada’s Walk of Fame

Now celebrating its 25th year, Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national not-for-profit organization that inspires Canadians by proudly shining a light on extraordinary achievers and their journeys. Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes the significant impact of Canadian accomplishments and provides the foremost national platform to celebrate achievement in the fields of Arts & Entertainment, Sports & Athletics, Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy, Humanitarianism, and Science, Technology & Innovation. Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program, the Community Hero and National Hero Programs, the Future Storytellers Program, the Hometown Stars initiative, including charitable donations to our Inductees’ causes, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Canada’s Walk of Fame has over 200 inductions to date, with stars having 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: www.canadaswalkoffame.com

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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.