Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 05, 2010 16:51 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Presentation of the Allan Slaight Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - Throughout Canada, our young artists and performers are hard at work entertaining and inspiring Canadians with their talents. This up-and-coming generation not only fosters the vitality of our culture, but also allows it to reach all across the country and around the world

Canada's Walk of Fame wished to recognize excellence in young Canadians, which is why they created the Allan Slaight Award. The Award will be presented each year to a young Canadian who is making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation, or philanthropy. The prize is named in honour of Allan Slaight, a leading figure in the Canadian radio industry for more than five decades

The winner of this year's inaugural award is Nikki Yanofsky, a 16-year-old jazz singer from Montréal. Ms. Yanofsky performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver earlier this year and also recorded the theme song of the Games, "I Believe."

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Nikki Yanofsky on receiving the first-ever Allan Slaight Award. I would also like to thank Canada's Walk of Fame for its efforts to recognize the achievements of Canada's emerging talent.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca