October 31st, 2020 has been declared ‘John Candy Day’ in Toronto in honour of what would have been the comedian’s 70th birthday.
John Candy was born on October 31st, 1950 in Newmarket, Ontario, and grew up in East York, now part of the City of Toronto. He came to fame as a comedian as a member of the Canadian version of the SCTV series.
Originally, Mr. Candy planned to play football, but was sidelined with a knee injury. He studied journalism at Centennial College, and was introduced to theatre while there.
In 1991, along with Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall, he would purchase the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He would own the team until his passing. The team would win the 1991 Grey Cup. At first, only Bruce McNall’s name appeared as the team’s owner, but the CFL corrected this in 2007.