Paul Shaffer to host Canada’s Walk of Fame awards

David Letterman's sidekick for 30 years will take the helm of this year's event.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Paul Shaffer, musical director of the "Late Show with David Letterman" for three decades, will host the annual Canada's Walk of Fame Awards.

A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Shaffer has also been the musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria since its inception in 1986. In addition to releasing a number of albums himself, including "Coast to Coast" (1989) and "The World's Most Dangerous Party" (1993), Shaffer recorded with such legendary and diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant's Honeydrippers. “Paul Shaffer’s This Day in Rock” is a daily interstitial feature nationally syndicated by Envision Radio, and his best-selling memoir, published in October 2009, is entitled "We’ll Be Here For The Rest of Our Lives." He holds two honourary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2008, Paul received the Order of Canada.

“It’s an honour to return home to Canada and host the Walk of Fame Awards. Like every other year, the lineup of 2012 inductees is outstanding and I look forward to learning their stories,” said Shaffer in an official press release.

“Paul Shaffer is a familiar face to so many Canadians and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this accomplished talent and past inductee as host of this year’s Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards,” said Barbara Williams, SVP of Content at Shaw Media. “Paul’s musical genius and famous comedic timing will add volumes to the broadcast that’s all about celebrating the accomplishments of Canadians.”

The awards will take place on Sunday, October 14th and will be broadcast on Global and Slice at 8pm.

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