Order of Canada Ceremony

The band was recognized with Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada, in a May 1976 ceremony, for its efforts over the decades on behalf of charities and for its musical accomplishments. Their selection marked the first time the award went to a band rather than to a single individual.

Text of the proclamation:

“Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil E. Peart, members of the progressive rock trio Rush. These veterans of the stage have raised over $1 million for charities such as food banks and the United Way. Their efforts have enhanced an awareness of the plight faced by societies less fortunate, inspiring and awakening the social consciousness of an entire generation. Musicians far and wide have been influenced by the band’s accomplishments, a testament to their contribution to popular music. Mr. Lee, Mr. Lifeson, Mr. Peart.”


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~ by rvkeeper on February 26, 2011.

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