2013 Stars 


Barenaked Ladies  – Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart – Entertainment

Christine Bentley – Community

Dwayne Morgan – Arts and Culture

Judie Oliver – Sports

Gerry Phillips – Community

Scarborough Historical Society – Lionel Purcell, Richard Schofield – Community

Monika Schnarre – Arts and Culture




2011 Stars 


Peter Appleyard – Entertainment

Dr. Vicki Bismilla – Education

Lawrence Gowan – Entertainment

Jay C. Hope –  Community

Dr. Dhun Noria – Health and Science

Dr. Harold Stein – Health and Science

Ron Watson – Community




2009 Stars


Marilyn Denis – Entertainment

Dwayne De Rosario – Sports

Gordon Deval – Sports

Lois James – Environment

Debra McGrath – Entertainment

Don Montgomery – Community (awarded posthumously)




2008 Stars


Dr. Sheela Basrur – Health and Science

Earl Campbell – Education

Deborah Cox – Entertainment

Ben Heppner – Entertainment

Rick Middleton – Sports

John Wimbs – Community




2007 Stars


James Bamford – Community

Johnny Cowell – Arts and Culture

Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung – Community

Bob Hunter – Environment

Cindy Nicholas – Sports

Anson Taylor – Education




2006 Stars


Dr. Lloyd Carlsen – Health and Science

Dr. R. H. King – Education

Dr. Charles C. Macklin – Science

Jamaal Magloire – Sports

Doris McCarthy – Arts and Culture  *new bio for McCarthy see below

David Onley – Community

Vicky Sunohara – Sports

David Thomson – Pioneer

Wes Williams – Entertainment

Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong – Community

Scotland-born singer/songwriter Lawrence Gowan has been part of the Canadian music scene since 1976. He began playing piano at age 10 and after graduation enjoyed modest local success with his first band, Rheingold. Gowan began his successful solo career under the stage name Gowan, releasing his first (and eponymous) album in 1982.


His 1985 album Strange Animal was his first Canadian commercial breakthrough, spawning hit singles “A Criminal Mind” and “Cosmetics.” His 1987 followup album Great Dirty World, saw another hit single with “Moonlight Desires.”

During a tour of England, he played an original piece with the London Symphony, at the opening of The Princess Diana Memorial Service. In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers and Music Publishers of Canada and has received several SOCAN awards for songs surpassing the 100,000 air-play mark.


Gowan has one Casby Award and has been nominated for 12 Juno awards, winning two. He’s had six Canadian Top 10 songs, four platinum and three gold albums and one gold single.


Gowan joined rock group STYX in 1999 and continues to tour the USA, Europe, Great Britain and Canada with STYX today.