Drake to receive Allan Slaight Award from Canada’s Walk of Fame [News]
Toronto, ON – Drake has yet another accolade to add to his resume. This time the 24-year-old rapper has been named as this year’s recipient of the Allan Slaight Award (for achievement by a young Canadian). The Allan Slaight Award is now in its second year, with Montreal’s young Jazz star Nikki Yanofsky taking the honor home last year. It’s no surprise that Drake has bestowed with the award this year as it’s hard to find another young Canadian talent with so much success to speak of. Last year’s album debut, Thank Me Later, went platinum in both Canada and the United States after debuting in the number one spot on both country’s Billboard charts. He’s also received 10 Juno nominations (including 2 wins), 6 Grammy nominations, 7 BET Award nominations (including 2 wins), 9 MuchMusic Video Awards (including 3 wins), 7 Soul Train Music Award nominations (including 1 win) and so many more.
Drake will donate the $10,000 honorarium that comes with the award to Dixon Hall, a community-based service that aims to create opportunities for people of all ages in low-income neighbourhoods of Toronto. “I am a proud Canadian, and I am grateful to Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Slaight Foundation for this award,” Drake said in a release. The 24-year-old will receive the prize during the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards gala on Oct. 1, with the show scheduled for broadcast later in the month on Global and Slice. Drake’s new album Take Care will be released on his birthday, October 25th.