Serena Ryder Receives Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour from Canada's Walk of Fame

She joins the ranks of previous honourees Alessia Cara, the Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen and Jessie Reyez

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Sep 30, 2021

Canada's Walk of Fame has announced Millbrook, ON's Serena Ryder as the recipient of its distinguished Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour for 2021.

The award recognizes a remarkable musician or group that utilize their talent and benevolence to make a positive impact in the music industry. Established in 2010, it's named after the recently deceased philanthropist and media mogul Allan Slaight and continues to honour his legacy.

Previous recipients of the award include Alessia Cara, the Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessie Reyez, Drake, Shawn Hook, Melanie Fiona, Nikki Yanofsky, Shawn Mendes and Brett Kissel.

In response to being this year's honouree, Ryder said in a statement:

Being recognized for my work as a mental wellness ally through the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour means the world to me. I'm honoured to continue the late Allan Slaight's dedication to effect positive change, and am so touched to share this with so many incredible musicians who have been using their gifts for the greater good of the world. I promise to do everything in my power to continue to be of service to anyone who wants to keep walking the path to wellness through music and community.

Ryder will be presented with the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour at the Canada's Walk of Fame Awards Gala, taking place at Toronto's Beanfield Centre on December 4.

The singer-songwriter recently dropped an ultra-Canadian new version of her song "Used to You" with Hook, Jessi Cruickshank and Vivek Shraya following the release of her eighth LP The Art of Falling Apart earlier this year.

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