In the summer of 2002, some OFC staff came up with the idea of the Canadian Folk Music Walk of Fame, a way of honouring the accomplishments of members of the greater Canadian Folk Community. "Why not!" was the ringing realization! With the revitalization of the bank Street infrastructure, we would have all new concrete sidewalks, a great time to add a unique aspect like a walk of fame. We have a great folk community in Ottawa and a splendid history with Le Hibou, Roosters, Le Monde, The Wasteland and Ottawa has fledged many fine folk musicians like Valdy, Bruce Cockburn, Colleen Peterson, Ian Tamblyn and many others.
We dropped the suggestion into the lap of our councilor, Clive Doucet, who, along with then Mayor Chiarelli and City Council enabled funds for 8 bronze plaques to be set into the concrete sidewalks of Bank Street. Along with the actual plaques, 22 leaf shaped "blanks" filled with red concrete were created to extend FOLKWALK well into the future. Thanks to O'Leary's Ltd., the sidewalk makers for their interest and patience.
The call went out for popular votes on who should be honoured with bronze maple leaf. We've received hundreds of votes from across Canada, every province and territory has been represented. Over 50 different folkies have been nominated.