By Stephen Weir
Award-winning recording artist and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Deborah Cox and Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X one of the most iconic music video directors in North America are among this year’s inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame. The presentations have already been made in studio but Torontonians will have to wait until December 17 to see the television show of the 2022 induction.
Canada’s Walk of Fame, located in Toronto, is a series of street level plaques that acknowledge the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians.
It consists of a series of maple leaf-like stars embedded in 13 designated blocks’ worth of sidewalks in Toronto, located in front of Roy Thomson Hall, The Princess of Wales Theatre, and The Royal Alexandra Theatre on King Street as well as Simcoe Street.
For almost 30-ye ars Deborah Cox has been an international singing star. She has released six critically acclaimed albums. Cox
has carved out her place in both R&B and Pop genres. She has won 3 JUNO Awards, a Grammy Award nomination, a Billboard Music Award nomination, and a World Music Award nomination. Cox has made a name for herself as a multi-talented artist within the worlds of Broadway, television, film, and fashion.
Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X is one of the most iconic music video directors of our time, known for his work with Drake, Rihanna, Rosalia, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West, among many others; he has been nominated and received many accolades for his work.
As a filmmaker, Julien’s first studio feature film, was Superfly. As an artist, Julien has created art installations for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche: Death of The Sun, which was also featured in Drake’s “Boy Meets World” European tour and “Life of The Earth,” in collaboration with the Ontario Science Center. His latest project is the new TV series Robyn Hood. This modern-day reimagining of the classic tale features a fearless heroine ‘Robyn Loxley’ and anti-authoritarian masked hip-hop band, ‘The Hood’, as they call out injustices and fight for freedom and equality in the city of New Nottingham. Currently in production in Toronto and
Hamilton, Robyn Hood is set to premiere on Global in the 2023 broadcast year.
Deborah Cox was born in Toronto to Guyanese parents in 1974. She currently lives in Miami. Director X was born in Toronto in 1975 and went to North Park High. He proudly now lives in Brampton.
Cox and Director X are joining an elite group of Canadian over-achievers. The first group of members was inducted in 1998, and to date 157 Canadians have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. These Inductees include athletes; coaches; actors, directors, writers and producers of movies, television and stage; singers, songwriters and musicians; playwrights; authors; comedians; cartoonists and models.
The broadcast of the awards ceremony will be posted and aired on the CTV network. Celebrating Greatness: Canada’s Walk of Fame 2022 on Saturday, December 17 at 7 pm.