The 2007 Canada's Walk of Fame induction event drew hundreds of fans and a host of glamorous celebrities to The Hummingbird Centre in Toronto.

The annual event is Canada's premier celebration of homegrown celebrity, and this year was no exception.
This year famed Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower, actress Jill Hennessey, legendary "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman and veteran CTV News anchor Lloyd Robertson were a few of those inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame on Saturday.

Canadian hero Rick Hansen was also inducted. Before accepting his award, Hansen paid tribute to those who helped him during his 'Man in Motion' tour.

"This is living a dream," he told eTalk's Ben Mulroney. "The journey continues, we are trying to find a cure and make communities accessible and this is an honour I really receive on behalf of thousands of Canadians who are working towards that dream."

Hansen also thanked his wife for her support as she helped him unveil his star. The biggest show of family support, however, was for actress Catherine O'Hara. Several members of her family walked the red carpet with her.
"I am accessorized with O'Haras and Chanel," she said.
O'Hara added that her characters are based on her family: "I steal every bit I have ever done from these people."

To be considered for a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, the nominee's career should span at least ten years. For actor Gordon Pinsent, whose career has spanned over forty years, it was no problem.

"I don't know, they didn't have enough sidewalk, I guess," Pinsent quipped when asked what took him so long to get his star. "It is curious but this comes at a great time ... this is the best time."

Alberta rock band Nickelback questioned their contention because of the length of their career.

"It feels like we don't even belong, we've been around for ten years ... we're just squeaking in there," frontman Chad Kroeger said. "It feels like we should be getting this in another ten years maybe."

Here's some background on the nominees:

  • Nickelback has sold 21 million records worldwide and the chart-topping rock band plans to continue touring.
  • Jill Hennessey is seen most recently as the star of the NBC series Crossing Jordan but has had great success in Canadian and American film and television.
  • Lloyd Robertson is Canada's most trusted news anchor. He built that reputation by spending the past fifty years guiding Canadians through some of this country's most memorable, tragic, and momentous occasions.
  • Catherine O'Hara is one of the faces of the beloved Canadian show SCTV which she helped found with other comedians that shared her 'Second City' roots.
  • Johnny Bower was known to fans as 'the China Wall' and defended the Toronto Maple Leafs net for twelve years. He retired in 1970 as the oldest goalie to ever play in the NHL.
  • Rick Hansen carved a place in Canadian Athletics despite his disability. His Man in Motion world tour saw the Para-Olympian cross more than 40,000 km and 34 countries to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injury.
  • Ivan Reitman has directed and produced some of the world's most popular films. Reitman was born in Czechoslovakia but moved to Canada at the age of four. He grew up here, studied here and got his start here.
  • Gordon Pinsent is an actor, playwright, author and director with a theatre, television and film career spanning forty years. His most recent role in 'Away From Her' is causing Oscar buzz.

Levy, the host of this year's ceremony, has worked with O'Hara and Reitman and proclaims himself a fan of Pinsent.

"There's kind of a lot of familiar faces and you know some good friends," Levy said last week when speaking to Canada AM about the event.

Levy understands the event intimately. He received his star on the Walk of Fame last year, along with seven others. The annual ceremony began in 1998, with 101 Canadians receiving stars since then.

The walk includes actors such as Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Pamela Anderson, Michael J. Fox., and Helen Shaver; as well as singers Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette and Paul Anka; and authors such as Margaret Atwood and Pierre Berton, along with dancers, directors, producers and artists.