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Toronto, ON (November 5, 2013) — The Canadian Academy ofRecording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Chantal Kreviazuk and RaineMaida as the recipients of the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, sponsoredby Bell Media. Kreviazuk and Maida exemplify the spirit of the award through theirdevotion to philanthropy and humanitarian causes at home and abroad. Kreviazuk,a two-time JUNO Award winner and Maida — a four-time winner with Our Lady Peace— are one of Canada’s most influential cultural couples, sharing a passion andcommitment that goes well beyond music. Ardent believers in social equality,they have been formidable advocates for the less fortunate — from mental healthpatients and aboriginal communities to war-torn societies.
The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recognizes outstandingCanadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabricof Canada. Named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters, the award is madepossible by funding from BCE-Bell Media Benefits. It will be presented to Kreviazuk and Maidaat the 2014JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards onMarch 29, 2014 in Winnipeg.
“Not only am I able to express myself, and be able to playmusic for others and be creative for a living in life, but I can go to the nextlevel and be a part of true greatness — the process of another human being’shealing, possibly playing even a small role in improving the quality of life ofanother,” Kreviazuk said.
Kreviazuk made her critically acclaimed full-length debut, UnderThese Rocks and Stones, in 1997.Since then, the Winnipeg born singer-songwriter has released five more studioalbums, and garnered five JUNO Award nominations. Maida has forged a dynamiccareer as a solo artist and the front man for the band Our Lady Peace, 25-timeJUNO Award nominees, including winners for Rock Album of the Year in 2003(Gravity) and 1998 (Clumsy).
The pair have also co-written countless hits for artistssuch as Kelly Clarkson, David Cook and Carrie Underwood.
"I was first drawn to music because of the inherent‘hope’ it provided me,” Maida said. “Social activism carries that same promiseand the two together have shaped and taught me more than I could ever repay.”
While Kreviazuk and Maida are quick to lend their time tothe studio and stage, they are equally committed to lending their help to thosein need — both in Canada and internationally. Kreviazuk's an honourary founderof War Child Canada, one of the many organizations the married couple hasembraced. They have visited Iraq, Ethiopia and the Congo on behalf of variouscauses, including women’s rights, war refugees and child education. Maida launched War Child’s Busking for Change program, in whichCanadian musicians have raised money for children in the world’s mostdevastated regions, supporting initiatives such as the construction of schoolsin the Congo. Maida also took part in War Child’s assessment trip of Darfur,which laid the groundwork for the organization’s program in that region.
The couple has recorded contributions for multiple benefitalbums for War Child. In 2010, Kreviazukcontributed the song "Na Miso" to the Enough Project (which seeks toend genocide and war crimes) and Downtown Records Raise Hope for Congo.Proceeds from the compilation helped fund women’s rights efforts in Congo, andpromoted the cause of peace in that country.
Kreviazuk says being able to serve is the greatest gift andthe most rewarding part of being an artist. Her work with NGO’s and charitablefoundations has focused on causes close to her heart, including women’s rights,child poverty and education, aboriginal rights, addiction and mental illness. Kreviazukand Maida were awarded the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at CanadianMusic Week in 2012 for their community and charitable work.
The duo’s advocacy work spans a wide breadth of causes.Kreviazuk has worked to eliminate the stigma of mental illness alongside theCanadian Mental Health Association; joined forces with Polar BearsInternational to protect the species’ habitat and address the impact of climatechange; fundraised in support of B.C.’s Baldy Hughes TherapeuticCommunity, which offers a groundbreaking model for men battling addiction; andhas been an advocate and donor on behalf of The Opportunity Fund, created byLloyd Axworthy, which raises education funding for disadvantaged kids. Maida has also been a voice for democratic participation,supporting Apathy is Boring, which encourages youth to take interest in theircommunities and participate in the political process. Other organizations and institutionsthe couple has worked with include The Hospital for Sick Children, The Children’sHospital Winnipeg and Canuck House Vancouver (a palliative home for children and their families).
“Chantal and Raine are more than deserving recipients forthis year’s award,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS/The JUNOAwards & MusiCounts. “Their passion and dedication to countless charitiesand organizations over the course of their careers is truly remarkable.”
“Bell Media congratulates Chantal and Raine on theirdevotion to causes which effect change both at home and around the world,” saidKevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We are proud to honour them with The AllanWaters Humanitarian Award, and salute the example they set for all Canadians.”
Formore information on the 2014 JUNO Awards, or to download photos of ChantalKreviazuk and Raine Maida, go to www.junoawards.ca.CTV’sbroadcast of The 2014 JUNO Awards airs live March 30, from Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.
Sponsors of the 2014 JUNOAwardsinclude FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government ofCanada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” RadioStarmaker Fund, Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, Tourism Winnipegand TD Bank Group.
Broadcastsponsors of The 2014 JUNO Awards are Chrysler, Garnier and TD.
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CTV’s JUNO Awards website: www.ctv.ca/junos
CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca
CTV website: www.ctv.ca
TheCanadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des artset des
sciencesde l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created topreserve and
enhancethe Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic andindustry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and developmentof ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and musicthrough vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. Formore information on the 43rd Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy ofRecording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website please visit www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca.
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