TORONTO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Award-winning concert promoter Michael Cohl was given his due on Sunday, June 5, as he was honored with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
Cohl was joined by stars of the stage, screen and sports in the induction ceremony held ouside Toronto's Elgin Theatre.
The other inductees included singer/songwriter Paul Anka, actor Kiefer Sutherland, boxer George Chuvalo, ballet dancer Rex Harrington, singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, and producers Daniel Lanois and Pierre Cossette. Silver screen legend Fay Wray, best known for being the damsel in distress atop the Empire State Building in King Kong was inducted posthumously.
The nine new inductees bring the total number of stars to 93.
Cohl was recognized for his illustrious career that spanned multiple decades, during which he worked extensively with Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. He told the press that one of the "great thrills" of his life was bringing the Stones to Toronto to perform at a benefit concert after the SARS health crisis two years ago.
"One of the greatest interviews I've ever seen Mick Jaggar do was when somebody asked him about this charity event that they were doing. And he looked at them and said: 'You've got the wrong band. We don't do charity,'" Cohl told reporters.
"Now if you juxtapose that against convincing the band to break up in the middle of their European tour, which is nuts, to come to Toronto and help the city out in its moment of desperation – to me it was one of the great triumphs of my conniving, manipulative life."
Sunday's unveiling of the stars came at the close of a four-day festival in downtown Toronto, an event that included a gala show where the stars were presented with crystal and granite statuettes. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers