RUSH Receive Canada's Prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award

May 6, 2012, 5 years ago

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As previously reported, Canada's beloved prog-metallers RUSH received Canada's prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award yesterday (Saturday, May 5th) at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. All three members of the band were in attendance. Each laureate received a cash award of $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.

The choir version of 'The Spirit of Radio' along with the NAC Orchestra's rendition of 'Tom Sawyer' from the ceremony can be viewed below:

The NFB's (National Film Board of Canada) tribute to Rush called Inner Rush can be viewed at this location.

A synopsis reads: This short film pays tribute to Rush, one of rock's most successful and popular bands of all-time. 'Humility' and 'rock and roll' don't usually appear together, yet the members of Rush (Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson), reflect here on a career of making music built on craft, heart and a uncompromised commitment to push the limits - to always 'get better'.

Drummer Neil Peart spoke to the Cape Breton Post about the honour: "We are especially appreciative for the presentation of this lifetime achievement award now - while we are still active (Too active, our families might say!). Since our performance 'lifetimes' aren't quite over yet, this high honour is not just a reward; it is an inspiration. We will continue to try to earn it."


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