By Alex HudsonOver the course of two decades in the music industry, East Coast icon Joel Plaskett has become one of Canada's best-loved songwriters. Today (January 4), the former Thrush Hermit singer was deservedly honoured by the Crown when he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
This medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne and its mission is "to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians."
In a post on Facebook, Plaskett revealed that he had received the award.
In order to be eligible, a recipient must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and must have made a significant contribution to Canada's culture or communities. A total of 60,000 medals will be handed out.