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Legendary Rocker Tom Cochrane To Be Honoured With Humanitarian Award At The Junos
February 26, 2013
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One of Canada's legendary rockers - Tom Cochrane - is receiving a special honour at this year's Juno Awards.

Cochrane will be presented with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, in recognition of all the charitable work he's done through his career including famine and tsunami relief, and Parkinson's research.

Cochrane has been to Africa and Asia nearly a dozen times with World Vision, and was a driving force behind the Canada For Asia benefit concert - which raised more than $4 million for the victims of the 2004 tsunami.

legendary-canadian-rocker-tom-cochrane-to-honoured-with-humanitarian-award-at-the-Junos-feature4.jpg As well, the proceeds of his 2002 single Just Like Ali went to research in the fight against Parkinson's disease. That same year, he performed the song for Muhammad Ali during a halftime event at a Toronto Argos home game

In 2005, Cochrane performed at Live8 - a concert to pressure G8 leaders to drop the debt of the world's poorest nations and improve aid.

And in 1985, he took part in the recording of 'Tears Are Not Enough' to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief.

"I'm very honoured" Cochrane said in a statement. "It's 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."

legendary-canadian-rocker-tom-cochrane-to-honoured-with-humanitarian-award-at-the-Junos-feature2.jpg "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."

Cochrane is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Walk of Fame.

During his near 40-year career, he's won seven Juno Awards and has nine top 10 singles in Canada - including his number one hit 'Life Is A Highway.'

A couple of seasons ago, he recorded the opening montage for a week of shows we did in Vancouver. Here it is.

Cochrane was also on our show back in 2008. Here's that interview.

The award - named after Allan Waters, the founder of CHUM Ltd. - recognizes Canadian artists "whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada."

The Juno Awards will be presented on April 20 in Regina and broadcast the next night from the Brandt Centre.

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