This weekend, most of us celebrated Halloween, one way or another. The pandemic changed the complexion of the holiday, but there were workarounds, and, at the very least, we could all buy candy to make sure to mark what is one of the best holidays of the year.
But it’s not the only one that takes place on October 31st, at least not for the people of Toronto. It’s also the birthday of beloved comedian and actor John Candy, and Toronto Mayor John Tory has now declared it to be an official day to remember John Candy.
Candy, who passed away from a heart attack while filming Wagon’s East in 1994, got his start in Toronto’s Second City improv troupe before launching SCTV alongside fellow Canadians Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, and others.
His roots are in Canada, but he went on to make appearances and star in a string of comedy classics in the 80s, including National Lampoon’s Vacation, Uncle Buck, and Home Alone, becoming one of Hollywood’s premier comic actors. 25 years after his passing, on the funny man’s birthday, Toronto’s mayor thought it was time.
“John Candy is a Canadian treasure who brought great joy to so many through his humor, acting and contributions to the entertainment industry and beyond,” said Tory in a statement. “I had a chance to get to know him when he was an Argo owner. He was a decent humble man in the fashion of many famous Canadians and it is my privilege to honor his humor, his legacy and the pride he brought to our city on what would have been his 70th birthday.”
It’s a shame that Candy’s life was cut short while he was still in his comedic prime, but it’s nice to see Canada honoring one of their favorite sons.