Today in Canadian Art History: February 26, 1997 – Rush Became the First Rock Musicians to be Inducted into the Order of Canada [includes video]


February 26, 1997 –¬†Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson of Rush became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the Order of Canada as Officers. It was also¬†the first time a group, as opposed to an individual, was appointed.

Members of the progressive rock trio, RUSH, 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. Musicians far and wide have been influenced by the band’s accomplishments, a testament to their contribution to popular music. []

* Via Events in Canadian Rock.