Simple Plan proves simple actions go a long way
It’s a safe bet punk-band Simple Plan won’t be suffering from any jet lag when they arrive in Ottawa for the 2012 Juno Awards.
The Montreal band will be way too pumped about receiving this year’s Allan Waters Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The award will be given to band members Pierre Bouvier, Jeff Stinco, Sébastien Lefebvre, David Desrosiers and Chuck Comeau during the Junos Gala Dinner on March 31.
"Words cannot express how grateful we are to be the recipients of this award," said Chuck Comeau. "To be recognized by CARAS and the JUNO Awards is a true honour for us.”
The award recognizes the work of The Simple Plan Foundation, the charity group founded by the band. The Foundation has helped both young people in need and children facing life-threatening illnesses across the country and abroad, donating more than $750,000 to youth focused charities since 2005. The Foundation also focuses its efforts on highlighting the power of music to help youth and teens find a passion and direction in life.
“As a band we have been very fortunate to receive the constant support of our fans, which has allowed us to continue doing what we love for the last ten years. Because of that, we believe that it is extremely important for us to give back, and the Simple Plan Foundation is our way to do this. We are very proud of all of our Foundation's initiatives - they have helped to define us as a band and have become a large part of who we are. There is no question that the Simple Plan Foundation will continue to grow and that we will be able to help our communities for many years to come," says Comeau.
Over their decade-long career, the band has been nominated for eight JUNO Awards, and was the recipient of the JUNO Fan Choice Award in 2006.
The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada, named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters.
The members of Simple Plan will join an esteemed group of Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipients, including Neil Young (2011), Bryan Adams (2010), Sarah McLachlan (2009), Paul Brandt (2008), Tom Jackson (2007) and Bruce Cockburn (2006), when they are honoured as part of JUNO Week, March 26-April 1 in Ottawa, Canada's Capital.
With files from Michael Jodha, CTV.ca
THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS will be broadcast live on CTV the evening of Sunday, April 1 from Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.