Tom Cochrane with Diana Rasmussen, Executive Director of ALS Society of Manitoba, and Mayor Sam Katz (CBC)
Mayor Sam Katz handed the keys to the city to Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane on Monday, June 18.
It was part of a ceremony at city hall that recognizes June as ALS Awareness Month.
Cochrane has helped raise 1.9 million dollars for ALS client support and research playing charity concerts. The music star was humbled to receive the honour.
Cochrane is known for his iconic hit, Life is a Highway, and songs like Lunatic Fringe, Human Race and I Wish You Well but he's also used his celebrity status for many humanitarian causes, including Elizabeth's Concerts of Hope (ALS), World Vision, and Parkinson's Disease.
Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, in 1953. He's been a hardworking, 'everyman' kind of rocker since the 1970's. He was 20 years into his career when Life is a Highway, from his 1991 LP, Mad, Mad World, pushed him into the limelight.
In 2008 Cochrane received the Order of Canada for his contributions to the arts and his extensive charitable work. He's also a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
The key to the city is bestowed upon visiting dignitaries, with past recipients including KISS front man Gene Simmons, former CFL star Milt Stegall, Sir Bob Geldof, Olympian Jon Montgomery and actor-director Henry Winkler.