January 19, 2015
It will be another banner year for Canada’s premier prog-rock band as Rush celebrates their four-decade-long career with another acknowledgement of their humanitarian work.
Rush is this year’s recipient for the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. The award is given to “Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.”
A statement from the band’s official website says, “We are sincerely grateful to be recognized as this year’s recipients of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. We are proud, honoured and humbled to be in the company of all Canadians who find it within their hearts to help those in need.”
Rush has historically been active in giving back to many charities and causes for nearly as long as their four-decade-long career. According to the award’s official statement, the band encouraged fans to contribute food bank items when they were playing shows early in their career at the Maple Leaf Gardens. Since then, the band has been instrumental in their work abroad and on home soil with the United Way, Doctors Without Borders, The Kidney Foundation, the Chilean Red Cross, and Grapes for Humanity Canada.
Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994. They’ve been nominated for seven Grammy awards and have received 45 JUNO Award nominations with a total of nine JUNO wins. Rush also received the Order of Canada in 1997.
Their most recent release, R40, is a 40th Anniversary DVD box set of live concerts and previously unreleased material.
Rush | R40 – Official Trailer
The award will be presented to the group at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, March 14, 2015.
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