Gord Downie, who passed away on October 17th, 2017, is set to be honoured posthumously with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards during Canadian Music Week on May 9th.
Gord Downie named recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Spirit Award – to be awarded during Canadian Music Week.
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The Canadian music legend is being recognized for his humanitarian work throughout his life, including his support of causes like War Child, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Camp Trillium, athe Sunnybrook Brain Cancer Research Fund, and more. In 2016, Downie even set up the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, which aims to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians.
“Gord Downie was an inspiration to all Canadians, and his life’s work represented the embodiment of all that the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award celebrates,” president/CEO of Slaight Communications and the Slaight Family Foundation Gary Slaight. “His legacy continues to resonate through his music and lyrics and, most importantly, through the growth and enterprise of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.”