Canada’s Walk of Fame announced today that JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Brett Kissel is the recipient of the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour. Recognizing young, inspirational Canadian music artists who have achieved international success, Kissel will be presented with this honour during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events on Thursday, October 6 at Toronto’s Allstream Centre, kicking-off with star-studded red carpet arrivals beginning at 4pm ET.
“At only 26, Brett has solidified his place in country music,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “His strong work ethic, enthusiasm and determination is unparalleled and we are proud to recognize him with this honour.”
“From a cattle ranch in rural Alberta to sold out crowds opening for international superstar Garth Brooks, Brett is the perfect example of what can be achieved with hard work, talent and passion. My father Allan believes and always supported Canadian artists and we are proud to acknowledge Brett’s accomplishments and compassion to help others,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.
Brett Kissel, the proud ranch kid from Flat Lake, Alberta, has a list of accolades a country mile long, including a JUNO Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year,” which marked the first time a country singer won the award in almost 20 years, as well as a tractor bucket full of Canadian Country Music Association Awards and nominations. He toured with Brad Paisley, performed on the sacred stage at the Grand Ole Opry and is the first Canadian to ever open shows for global mega star Garth Brooks, which surely solidified his place in the national and international music industry. But it’s not the awards or accolades that mean most to Kissel – it’s the music, the stage and the fans.
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