Photo Credit: Orest Dorosh
Jim Cuddy has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award.
Scheduled to be presented by The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation at the March 24 JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards, the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award will recognize Cuddy’s support of MusiCounts.
Through several avenues, including the annual JUNO Cup, which to date has raised $840,000 for MusiCounts, Cuddy and Blue Rodeo have a long history of supporting initiatives promoting music educations in schools. Cuddy has also served on the MusicCounts advisory board, helping the charity’s mission of ensuring children have access to music education. Last year, in 2017, Blue Rodeo sponsored the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award; which was presented to Dianne Winmill of North Hastings High School in Bancroft, ON.
Now in its 15 year, the 2018 JUNO Cup, which pits NHL greats against a team of Canadian artists in support of MusicCounts, will be held at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, Burnaby, BC, on March 23. Announced participants include NHL greats Brad Dalgarno, Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Kirk McLean and Troy Crowder, as well as artists Craig Northey (Odds), Devin Cuddy, Grant Lawrence (The Smugglers) and Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) among others. Tickets are $20 and available through Ticketmaster.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.