TORONTO, Eugene Levy has been named host of the 2007 Canada’s Walk of Fame broadcast on CTV, it was confirmed today. Also known for his producing, directing and writing talents, the Canadian comedic actor was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2006.
It was also announced today that this year’s tenth annual tribute gala will be taped for broadcast on CTV on Saturday, June 9 at Toronto’s Hummingbird Centre. The announcement was made just six days before eight new inductees for Canada’s Walk of Fame are introduced in Toronto on March 6.
From his early days with The Second City, Toronto’s Eugene Levy has proven to be one of Canada’s most-loved comedic exports. His work in the classic comedy series SCTV and in films such as A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, For Your Consideration and American Pie has been honoured with numerous awards. He’s proud to call Canada home and still lives in Toronto with his wife and family.
"It’s such an incredible honour to be hosting the show this year, considering I have absolutely no wrestling experience," said Levy.
"Eugene Levy is beloved by millions of Canadians," said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. "He’s a wonderful ambassador for Canada."
"Eugene is a warm and generous person who, through wit and self-deprecating charm will set the right tone for the broadcast," said Peter Soumalias, Founder, CEO and President of Canada’s Walk of Fame.
In addition to his induction last year, Eugene Levy was a presenter for Martin Short’s induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000.
This year’s gala show marks the third year in a row that CTV will broadcast Canada’s Walk of Fame. The two-hour broadcast joins CTV’s industry-leading line-up of Canadian awards celebrations, including The JUNO
Awards – the most-watched Canadian awards broadcast – and The Giller Prize.
Last year’s broadcast of Canada’s Walk of Fame on CTV peaked at 867,000 viewers, the most-watched broadcast ever for the gala celebration.