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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.
It was another star studded night at the Phoenix nightclub in the heart of Toronto, a scene that we are getting all too familiar in seeing as fans and family gather to pay tribute to a fallen star as his voice has been silent all too soon.
Nelly Furtado, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), K-Os, and Chantal Kreviazuk were among the artists that fans were privileged to see as they honored the musical legacy of Jacksoul’s Haydain Neale.
CRASH KARMA’s Debut Single “Awake” Top 10 with a bullet on Canadian Rock Chart
Toronto, ON – E1 Music Canada announced today the signing of CRASH KARMA with plans to release the group’s debut CD on March 16, 2010 to coincide with a national tour.
CRASH KARMA’s members are no stranger to success, consisting of former I Mother Earth singer Edwin, ex-Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner, The Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows and former Zygote member Amir Epstein. All of these respective groups notched up high record sales, multiple Juno and MuchMusic Video Awards and became household names. “Awake” is, of course, a perfectly appropriate title for the debut single.
BRANDON, MB – “Here’s to the music and here’s to the muse,” said Loreena McKennitt upon accepting her induction into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Sunday night (Sept. 20), at Centennial Auditorium as part of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon, MB.
The world music singer-harpist-pianist, whose recordings have sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, said she attributed her success to a “collective effort.” The native of Morden, MB, long based in Stratford, ON., was also the keynote interview the day before at the WCMA Industry Awards brunch with noted publicist Richard Flohil.
“When I was young and on my own” (lyrics from "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" - "After the Goldrush")
Neil (Percival) Young was born in Toronto on November 12, 1945.Young first became interested in music in 1958 when his father, renowned sports columnist Scott Young, bought him a ukulele for Christmas. Later, when his parents separated, Neil moved to Winnipeg with his mother where he became interested in learning to play the banjo and eventually the guitar. At Kelvin High in the early 1960s he played in a group called The Squires. In the fall of 1962, Young dropped out of school to write songs and play music as a full-time career.