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You probably know Raine Maida as a singer, songwriter, and the front man of one of Canada's most successful bands, Our Lady Peace. But he's also made a name for himself as an activist. He supports charities like War Child, and has made documentaries in Darfur and Iraq.
Normally celebrities revel in their activist efforts. But Raine? Well, he's pretty wary about toeing the fine line between being earnest and pretentious. He drives a hybrid vehicle and is vegan for environmental reasons, but also admits that he feels like a bit of a cliché. That hasn't stopped Raine from using music as a platform for the last twenty years.
He and his wife, fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, were recently awarded the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award for their high ideals and dedicated work. The two share more than socially conscious beliefs and a love for music; they are raising three sons together.
Raine was even seen toting his seven-year old around the Occupy protests in Los Angeles. He's been a staunch supporter of the movement since the beginning. Our Lady Peace even wrote a song about it, called 'Fight the Good Fight'. But now that the Occupy ship seems to have sailed, he has some pretty good ideas about what they could have done differently...