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McAdams, Wickenheiser among this year's inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame

Rachel McAdams at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Jan. 19, 2014.
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October 18, 2014 - 7:28 PM

TORONTO - Olympic hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser, actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Reynolds and former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour have been ushered into Canada's Walk of Fame.

Canadian-American innovators the Band also got a star on Saturday, as will Jeff Healey, the blind blues-rock guitarist who died in 2008.

Canada's Walk of Fame celebrates Canadians who have achieved excellence in a variety of areas, ranging from music, television and film to sports, science, innovation and literature.

Honorees' names are engraved on stars, which are then displayed on the sidewalks of King Street West and Simcoe Street in the downtown Entertainment District.

This year's list of inductees was selected from more than 50,000 nominations from across Canada and around the world.

After a red carpet ceremony, the inductees were celebrated at an awards show scheduled to air on Global and Slice on Dec. 19.

Reynolds and McAdams have both achieved success in Hollywood but have strong Canadian roots.

Ryan Reynolds poses for photographs on the red carpet at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.
Ryan Reynolds poses for photographs on the red carpet at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.
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McAdams was born in London, Ont., and studied theatre at York University before her breakout roles in 2004's "Mean Girls" and "The Notebook." She went on to play Irene Adler in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" and appear in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris."

Reynolds, 37, hails from Vancouver and most recently played a distraught father in Atom Egoyan's kidnapping thriller "The Captive." He's also known for starring roles in "Green Lantern" and "Buried."

Wickenheiser has been to the Winter Olympics for Canada five times, winning four gold medals and one silver.

The storied career of Montreal-born Arbour has taken her around the globe. In 1996, she was appointed by the UN Security Council as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and made history with the indictment of a sitting head of state, Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, in May 1999.

She sat on the Supreme Court of Canada between 1999 and 2004. She then joined the United Nations, where she served as High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2008.

Healey is a Toronto-born jazz and blues-rock singer and guitarist who lost his sight as an infant to a rare eye cancer.

Canadian National Women's hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser at a news conference in Calgary, Monday, May 27, 2013.
Canadian National Women's hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser at a news conference in Calgary, Monday, May 27, 2013.
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