First stop of the KOTF tour tonight in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center
BBC x XO
XO award jacket, limited edition for $450
Abel x Teddy Fantum
Cause my life too private, my ride too private, my flight too private, my shows so riot.
Canada’s Walk of Fame, in partnership with National Premier Partner RBC, announced today that R&B musician The Weeknd is the recipient of the 2014 Allan Slaight Award. The award, which recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success, will be presented to The Weeknd during the Canada’s Walk of Fame Show on Saturday, October 18 from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
“The Weeknd has catapulted into the mainstream in a relatively short period of time,” said Melanie Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “He is a uniquely talented artist who is driven and dedicated to his work. His overall contribution to music in Canada is something to be applauded, and we are proud to recognize him this year with this award.”
Born Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd gained popularity and critical acclaim through the online release of several mix tapes throughout 2011, including House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence. In the same year, The Weeknd united with fellow Torontonian and 2011 Allan Slaight Award recipient, Drake for his sophomore album Take Care where he was featured on the hit track “Crew Love” and scored a songwriting and producer credit on the album for the following songs: “Shot for Me,” “Crew Love,” “Cameras / Good One Goes,” “Practice” and “The Ride.”
In 2012, The Weeknd entered into a partnership deal with Universal Republic and his own label, XO and released Trilogy, a re-mastered collection of his three previously released mix tapes, plus three new songs. In September of the following year, he released his first studio album, Kiss Land, which debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and #1 on iTunes. Kiss Land features the chart-topping track “Wanderlust”, which was recently remixed by Pharell.
On the heels of his album success, The Weeknd, an ASCAP Award winner, also garnered two JUNO Awards in 2013 for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for the certified doubled platinum compilation album Trilogy; a Grammy Award for his work on Take Care, a Polaris Prize for “House of Balloons,” and a Grammy nomination for “Remember You” with Wiz Khalifa. His single, “Wicked Games,” also reached platinum status. He has performed for Jules Holland, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, was the highlight of Coachella and completed a successful Kiss Land tour that sold out London’s O2 Arena and two nights at The Greek and at Radio City Music Hall.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, he is currently preparing for a North American tour titled King of the Fall featuring sets from hip hop artist Schoolboy Q and singer-songwriter Jhenè Aiko.
Now in its fifth year, the Allan Slaight Award is presented to a young Canadian making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy. The award is accompanied by a $10,000 honourarium and will be presented during the Canada’s Walk of Fame Show on Saturday, October 18th at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The televised ceremony will be broadcast nationally on Global (date and time tbc).
Source: Canada’s Walk Of Fame
Canada’s Walk of Fame, in partnership with National Premier Partner RBC, announced today that R&B musician The Weeknd is the recipient of the 2014 Allan Slaight Award. The award, which recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success, will be presented to The…