World News – CA – Toronto proclaims « John Candy Day » in honor of the late comedian’s 70th birthday


Late comedy legend John Candy is honored with one day in his name before what would have been his 70th birthday

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Mayor John Tory proclaimed October 31 John Candy Day in Toronto

“John Candy is a Canadian treasure who brought great joy to so many through his humor, his acting and his contributions to the entertainment industry and beyond. I was fortunate enough to know him when ‘he owned Argo,’ Tory said in his statement “He was an honest and humble man like many famous Canadians and I have the privilege of honoring his humor, his heritage and the pride he brought to our city in what would have been. his 70th birthday »

Born in 1950, Candy lived in East York as a child and attended Neil McNeil Catholic High School in Scarborough (a visual arts studio at the school now bears her name)

Responding to the news on Twitter, Candy’s daughter Jennifer saluted the honor for her late father

John Candy walked through the Toronto comedy scene in the 1970s as a member of Toronto’s Second City sketch troupe, then as a cast member of the Toronto TV show SCTV, alongside other legends. from comedy like Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and others

Candy would go on to star in a number of blockbuster films in the ’80s and’ 90s, such as Uncle Buck, Cool Runnings, Home Alone, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and others.

« Mister Candy’s contributions to the Canadian entertainment industry have made him one of Canada’s greatest and funniest actors, » the city said in its statement. « Mister Candy has deep roots in Toronto and has played a significant role in elevating the comedy and acting scene in the city »

Candy was also locally honored with a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame and the East York Hall of Fame.

Well, it is such an honor! Can’t wait to celebrate tomorrow #Toronto #Candy https: // tco / Wjx186DJbq

Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall (L to R), comedian John Candy and hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky show off their new Argonaut jerseys in Toronto on February 25, 1991 after the announcement of the purchase of the Canadian Football League team (CP PHOTO / Blaise Edwards)

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World News – CA – Toronto proclaims « John Candy Day » in honor of the late comedian’s 70th birthday



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