In the summer of 1968, Lifeson co-founded the band that would become Rush with original drummer John Rutsey and his best friend Geddy Lee on vocals and bass. The bulk of Lifeson's work in music has been with Rush, although he has contributed to a body of work outside of the band as a guitarist and producer. Along with his bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, Lifeson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996, received the highest Canadian artistic honour by receiving the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2012, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Lifeson ranks third in the Guitar World Readers poll of ‘100 Greatest Guitarists’ and is also included in Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’. In addition to music, Lifeson is a painter, a keen golfer, a licensed aircraft pilot, and part owner of The Orbit Room (a live music bar located in Toronto, Canada). He is also known for his comedic virtues, which have been highlighted in various cameo film roles over the years including one in the Canadian-cult mockumentary series The Trailer Park Boys.