(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — John Kay of Steppenwolf will be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame on June 23 at a nationally televised ceremony in Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. The singer/songwriter/guitarist will join Canadian-bred Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, Wayne Gretzky and Lorne Michaels, among others, in the Hall of Fame with sidewalk stars in Toronto's Theatre District. Longtime friend Peter Fonda, who has known the group since he and Dennis Hopper included two Steppenwolf songs in the seminal '60s film "Easy Rider," will induct Kay at the gala event.
This honor follows the June 1 release of the John Kay & Friends DVD and a reissue of Kay's Heretics & Privateers CD on Rainman Records. The DVD was recorded live in November 2002 at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TNand features 19 of Kay's best known solo songs along with some of Steppenwolf's biggest hits ("Born To Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride"). The re-release of Kay's 2001 solo CD features four acoustic bonus songs not included on the original disk. The new tracks are acoustic versions of four songs that also appear with full band arrangements: "Endless Commercial," "I Will Not Be Denied," "She's Got The Goods," and "For The Women In My Life."
Kay, who has been legally blind since childhood, was born in war-torn German, but immigrated to Canada with his mother in 1958. He began learning how to play the songs he grew up listening to on Armed Forces Radio and was then immersed in American folk and rock. Steppenwolf formed in 1967 and have sold over 30 million records–nine of which are gold in the U.S.–and toured the world over. To date, the group's music has been heard in 61 feature films and 67 TV shows.
Meanwhile, John Kay and Steppenwolf will tour North America this summer:
6/5 Columbus, OH Celeste Center
6/12 Hankinson, ND Dakota Magic
6/19 Jackson, MS Jubilee Jam
6/25 Cadillac, MI Cadillac Jams
6/26 Mosinee, WI Wausau Harley Davidson
7/3 Garland, TX Star Spangled 4th
7/4 Scottsdale, AZ Casino Arizona
7/17 Faro, Portugal Biker Festival
7/24 London, ON Harris Park
8/6-7 Jackpot, NV Cactus Pete's
8/13 Berthierville, QC Foire Agricole
8/15 Three Forks, MT Rockin' The Rivers
9/4 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Field Amphitheatre
10/2 Irvine, CA Arrowfest
–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen