East York Hall of Fame applauds the City of Toronto’s recognition proclaiming today John Candy Day

East York, ON – The East York Hall of Fame is applauding Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto’s decision to proclaim today – John Candy Day.


70 years ago, today, John Candy was born in Newmarket, Ontario, but spent

many years of his childhood and adult life in East York.  He attended East York schools and played sports in the municipality once known as Canada’s only Borough.


“The East York Hall of Fame thanks Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto for proclaiming today, October 31, 2020, John Candy Day,” said Justin Van Dette who serves as President of the East York Hall of Fame.  “The famous comedian and legendary Canadian made no secret that he was proud of his ties from East York and the East York Hall of Fame was very proud to pay tribute to him last year by making him their first inductee.”


For decades, John Candy brought smiles to our faces and it’s quite fitting for this great Canadian to receive this ongoing recognition.  Van Dette noted that Mr. Candy was one of the reasons that he founded the East York Hall of Fame so that it honoured a great East Yorker who did so much for Canadian culture.  He also thanked local East York Councillor Paula Fletcher for her ongoing support and assistance as the community organization continues to grow and prosper.


The 2020 East York Hall of Fame induction ceremony was paused because of COVID-19 and plans are in the works to have either a virtual event or combine the 2020 inductees with those who will be honoured in 2021.



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