Add Blue Rodeo‘s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor to the list populated by such luminaries as Bryan Adams, Tom Cochrane, Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings: at Rideau Hall last week, His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston appointed them Officers of the Order Of Canada, for their outstanding achievement and contributions in enriching the lives of people in The Great White North.
“It’s an incredible honour, and as I read over the accomplishments of everybody else who was invested today, Greg and I are like, ‘What are we doing here?'” chortled Cuddy. “It’s just an overwhelming experience.”
The appointment comes based not just on their musical careers, but also on their charitable work, in which they have done much to support the military, amateur sport and music education.
“Honestly it never occurred to Greg and I that it would lead to these official, formal honours. And yet, when you look at the breadth of the people that are honoured by the Order of Canada, it’s just about trying to make people’s lives better. So if it’s palliative care in Alberta, or it’s [former Bank Of Canada Governor] Mark Carney adjusting interest rates in Canada, or now in England, somehow they’re on equal footing,” Cuddy said.
“I mean we are super honoured, and yet we are also kind of befuddled how we got here.”
He also paid tribute to Greg Keelor, with whom he’s worked for nearly 40 years, emphasizing how important it is to him that they’ve received this honour together.
Live At Massey Hall is Blue Rodeo’s most recent album. Tuesday January 12, they’ll kick off a national tour in Thunder Bay. That trek will include a stop at Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Thursday January 28, with Terra Lightfoot opening.