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The Tragically Hip will receive the 2021 Humanitarian Award at the JUNO Awards

The Juno Awards are trying it again. After last year’s event in Saskatoon was kyboshed by the coronavirus, we will get the 50th anniversary event in Toronto on May 16. Whether it’s open to the public instead of being another virtual thing, well, we’ll see, won’t we?

CARAS, the caretakers of the Junos, has announced that The Tragically Hip (15-time Juno winners) will receive the 2021 Humanitarian Award in honour of all their philanthropic work. That includes:

  • Raising money for Camp Trillium
  • Working with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Sunnybrook Foundation
  • Support of the Special Olympics.
  • Donations to the Unison Benevolent Fund


“We are honoured to present The Tragically Hip with this year’s Humanitarian Award,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “For decades, this group of musical brothers has contributed to helping improve the social well-being of others and protecting the vast natural wonders of this country we call home. After a challenging year when the power of kindness and generosity were more necessary than ever, we are proud to commemorate the band’s tireless activism and charitable achievements at The 50th Annual JUNO Awards.”

From the band:

We are honoured to be receiving the 2021 Humanitarian Award. Our admiration for the past recipients makes it impossible not to feel humbled as well. We learned early on back in Kingston that you can accomplish great things with a stage and a willing audience. It’s about building community, and no one appreciated that responsibility more than Gord Downie. He was committed to social and environmental justice and we remain inspired by his example. Best intentions can achieve little without loyal support and action, so we consider this award as much a recognition for fans of our group, as they have been there for us through everything, and for every cause, and for that we are eternally grateful. We share this honour with you.”

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