The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have announced that The Tragically Hip are set to be honoured with the Humanitarian Award at this year’s Juno Awards.
The Hip have raised millions of dollars for “various social and environmental causes” including The Canadian Cancer Society, Camp Trillium, the Sunnybrook Foundation, and more, which makes them well deserving of the award that “recognizes outstanding Canadian artists or industry leaders whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada and beyond.”
It’s about building community, and no one appreciated that responsibility more than Gord Downie. He was committed to social and environmental justice and we remain inspired by his example.
— The Tragically Hip (@thehipofficial) February 24, 2021
“For decades, this group of musical brothers has contributed to helping improve the social well-being of others and protecting the vast natural wonders of this country we call home,” CARAS, the Juno Awards and MusiCounts President and CEO Allan Reid explains. “After a challenging year when the power of kindness and generosity were more necessary than ever, we are proud to commemorate the band’s tireless activism and charitable achievements at the 50th Annual Juno Awards.”
The Hip will be presented with the Humanitarian Award at the 50th Annual Juno Awards broadcast on Sunday, May 16th, 2021.