Canadian Icons Neil Young & Burton Cummings tickled to be named to Order of Canada

The Canadian Press

Burton Cummings joked that it's about time he joined Randy Bachman as an officer of the Order of Canada. Barry Roden/CBC

Former Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings jokes that it's about time he got the Order of Canada, considering that bandmate Randy Bachman got identical recognition a year ago.

But Cummings says it was a pretty big deal to get the honour alongside such fellow Manitobans as rock icon Neil Young and former premier Gary Filmon.

All three on Wednesday were named officers of the order, which is the second of three levels of recognition bestowed by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean.

The appointments also include honours for hockey great Mario Lemieux, who is elevated to officer, while former Montreal Canadiens captain Emile (Butch) Bouchard, who led the NHL team to four Stanley Cup titles, becomes a member.

Jean announced 32 new members and promoted 25 people, including Cummings, from member to officer.

Cummings says he's proud certain songs he has written help people through really rough times and become signposts in their lives.

The former lead singer of the Winnipeg-based Guess Who released his first solo disc in 20 years in 2008, and has been playing gigs with ex-bandmate Bachman in the past couple of years.