Toronto, ON (February 26, 2013) — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Tom Cochrane as the recipient of the 2013 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Bell Media. Throughout his career, Cochrane has supported a wide variety of vital initiatives – from World Vision to Parkinson’s research.
The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. Named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters, the award is made possible by funding from BCE-Bell Media Benefits. It will be presented to Cochrane at the 2013 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 20 in Regina.
“I am very honoured to receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award and would like to thank CARAS and the JUNO Awards,” said Tom Cochrane. “With that said, it is an odd thing to receive an award for trying to do the right things when those things have presented themselves in the light of the tremendous blessings I have received in my life and career. Every day my fans, family and friends get up and many of them do the right things for other people and the good of our world and country without getting acknowledged. So I share this with you. Love to all.”
With tracks like “Life is A Highway,” “The Untouchable One” and “Boy Inside the Man,” Cochrane is known for songs that deal with the adventures and challenges experienced on life’s journey. But Cochrane has also devoted his time to helping others on their respective journeys.
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Throughout his career, Cochrane has thrown his support behind a wide range of worthy causes. He’s visited Africa eight times, and Asia twice, on behalf of World Vision, and he has entertained Canadian troops in Afghanistan. The singer-songwriter also helped spearhead Canada for Asia, which raised money for tsunami-relief efforts, and proceeds from his single, “Just Like Ali,” were donated to Parkinson’s research.
Over his heralded career, Cochrane has released 13 albums and won seven JUNO Awards. He is a member of both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame, and an Officer in the Order of Canada.
“We are proud to be recognizing Tom Cochrane’s commitment to making the world a better place – from his global commitment through World Vision to his philanthropic efforts here in North America,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “Artists like Tom not only inspire us through their music, but also by challenging us to do more to help our neighbours, our communities and our fellow citizens both at home and abroad. We salute him for all of his exceptional work.”
“Bell Media is proud to sponsor The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, honouring the legendary Tom Cochrane,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “Canadian talent are world-class when it comes to supporting humanitarian causes. Tom has selflessly devoted his time and energy to making the world a better place and has set an example for all of us – we applaud you Tom.”