Published Mar 28, 2011Following his recent batch of Juno wins, Canadian legend Neil Young continues his month of Canadian love with the announcement that today (March 28) is "Neil Young Day" in Toronto. While that doesn't warrant a stat holiday -- or at least not yet -- it is another reason to keep Neil on our minds.
Here's the full statement as it appears on the City of Toronto website:
WHEREAS Neil Young is one of the most gifted, influential and celebrated singer-songwriters in rock and roll history. He is a prolific artist with a career spanning more than 40 years, five JUNO Awards, two Hall of Fame inductions and countless chart-topping singles and albums.
Young has been an outspoken advocate on many issues. He has promoted environmentalism and sustainability through his Farm Aid benefit concerts and his recent work with LincVolt in the development of an experimental electric car. Young also helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical impairments.
For his charitable work, he was named the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year by The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of the 2011 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, an award that recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.
The impact of Neil Young's music as well as his philanthropy has touched millions of lives and spans generations. He is a proud Canadian and stands as an exemplary humanitarian whose dedication to deserving causes and to the music industry is a true inspiration.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 28, 2011 as "Neil Young Day".
Ford also made the announcement on his Twitter, writing, "#Toronto proclaims Monday March 28th Neil Young Day. We are proud of our native son."
Neil Young was born in Toronto on November 12, 1945. Young lived in Toronto and the surrounding areas until his family relocated to Winnipeg when he was a teenager.