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Geddy Lee to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Artists For Peace and Justice Fundraiser

Thu, Sep 9, 2021@9:52AM | comments

Samaritan Magazine reported yesterday that Rush's Geddy Lee will be honored with a solo Lifetime Achievement Award for his career-spanning philanthropic contributions at the Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) gala in Toronto this coming Saturday, September 11th. From the article:

... The award honours "[Lee's] commitment to philanthropy," the press release states, citing his support of Brain Cancer research, Toronto Food Bank, Alberta Floods, Doctors without Borders, Grapes for Humanity, United Way, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Casey House.

In 2015, Rush received the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Awards, and in 2017 the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award from the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry (read Samaritan's interview with Lee and Lifeson here). Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

All three members were awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996. "...these veterans of the stage have raised over a million dollars for charities such as food banks and the United Way. Their efforts have enhanced an awareness of the plight faced by society's less fortunate, inspiring and awakening the social consciousness of an entire generation," it states. "Musicians far and wide have been influenced by the band's accomplishments, a testament to their contribution to popular music."...

This year's Gala will be held outdoors at a private residence and will combine in-person and virtual experiences. The evening will look back on APJ's accomplishments and "unwavering commitment to the people of Haiti while highlighting the incredible individuals that have been instrumental in the organization's impact." The organization has already raised more than $33 million to help provide access to education for impoverished youth in Haiti. Radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos will emcee the event, which will include live performances by Haitian artist Paul Beaubrun,and Kayla Diamond of Slaight Music, a virtual one by Rick Springfield, and video messages from Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, and Madeleine Stowe, among others.