The new Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place) was filled with plenty of star power this afternoon.
Hollywood comedy duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and local business magnate and philanthropist Jimmy Pattison have two things in common: they’re all from Vancouver, and they’re also Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees as of December 2018.
The trio made their way to the Coal Harbour building to unveil their local Hometown Stars at separate ceremonies, where special guests, media, and members of the public celebrated their achievements.
Other high-profile individuals who were in attendance include B.C. Premier John Horgan, Canadian athlete and activist Rick Hansen, and Canadian comedian and T.V. host Howie Mandel.
We asked the 90 year-old business icon if he felt it was about time he received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. “It’s very appreciated,” Pattison told the Straight in an interview at the ceremony. “I appreciate the opportunity.”
After Rogen and Goldberg took to the stage to unveil the award, the hilarious duo made a short speech to thank the local businesses and establishments they frequented during their high school days at Point Grey Secondary School.
“We’d like to thank the 7-11 across the street from our school, where we had many delicious slurpees,” said Rogen. They also gave nods to Wreck Beach—where they would procure cannabis—and the Stanley Park train rides, which they would visit after ingesting said cannabis.
The Straight asked how the comedians felt about being inductees, and they had high praise about the accolades they received. “It’s fantastic [and] it’s a real honour,” said Rogen, while Goldberg simultaneously chimed, “It’s absolutely amazing [and] there’s no other walk of fame I’d rather be on.”
According to Goldberg, stars actually have to pay for their own spot on the walk of fame in other countries.
“I was offered a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and I said no!” said Rogen. “I said ‘I don’t want that’, but I took this one. The list of people on this, is much better than the list of people who have those.”
The comedy partners recently wrapped up filming for Good Boys in Vancouver, and will be filming season two for a T.V. series in Toronto.
“I think we do more than half our stuff in Canada,” said Goldberg. “We’ve shot five or six things in Vancouver alone.”
Scroll through the photos below for a look inside the prestigious ceremonies.