As one of Canada's most successful recording artists, he continues to be a role model for aspiring young musicians. His music has garnered more than fifty awards and an astonishing fifty million albums worldwide have been sold. As a testament to his enormous versatility, he has performed with some of the best talents in the industry, from major rock icons to opera singers. His extensive voluntary efforts continue through his active involvement in fund-raising for cancer research, heritage building preservation in Vancouver and wildlife conservation. This is a promotion within the Order.
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on: April 20, 1990
Invested on: October 24, 1990
One of Canada's most successful recording artists and multi-Juno award winner, this international rock super-star has made enormous contributions to the pop music industry, for helping to develop an infrastructure to propel other Canadian artists to the of the charts. He is a positive influence on young people who has not become jaded by his success but rather has used it to support social change and worthy causes from famine relief to human rights.