Published Dec 31, 2013Having celebrated 25 years in the business in 2013, Blue Rodeo are bonafide Canadian music icons. Now, co-frontmen Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are being recognized for their contributions to Canadian music by being admitted into the Order of Canada.
The Toronto musicians are among the 90 new recipients announced by Governor General David Johnston. The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation, and it is one of the highest civilian honours in the country.
Cuddy and Keelor have been named Officers of the Order of Canada (which, in terms of Order of Canada appointments, ranks below Companion but above Member). The governor general's announcement notes that the Blue Rodeo members are being welcomed into the Order of Canada for their musical contributions, in addition to "their support of various charitable causes."
There are a few other musicians in this batch of inductees, although none from the world of pop, rock or folk. Other honourees include jazz man Phil Dwyer, orchestral composer R. Murray Schafer, children's singer Carmen Campagne and Québécois composer Walter Boudreau.
Some non-musical recipients include director/actress Sarah Polley, writer Douglas Coupland and many more.
See the full list here.
These folks will be able to accept their insignia at a ceremony, although the date of the event hasn't been announced.
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