Occupy Protest Supporter Raine Maida To Receive Canadian Humanitarian Award
Despite a fan backlash, Our Lady Peace lead vocalist and wife and fellow Canadian musician Chantal Kreviazuk are to receive tribute for activism at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards.
TORONTO - Our Lady Peace lead vocalist Raine Maida may be in the doghouse with his rock fans over his support of the Occupy Los Angeles protest.
But the Canadian record industry has decided to shower praise on Maida and his wife and fellow musician Chantal Kreviazuk for their activism and charitable work.
The husband and wife team, who live in Los Angeles with their three children, are to receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards in Toronto on March 22, 2012.
“Not only are Raine and Chantal amazing artists, they are great humanitarians and I am proud to say my friends. My father and I are honored to present them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award as they truly embody everything this award aspires to celebrate," Slaight Communications president and CEO Gary Slaight said Tuesday in a statement.
Maida and fellow members of the alternative Our Lady Peace rock band provoked a fan backlash on the weekend when they threw their support behind Occupy Everywhere protest marches in Los Angeles, Toronto and Detroit.
But the Canadian music awards cited earlier support by Maida and Kreviazuk for charities worldwide that support human and animal rights, world peace, education, and the environment.
"Activism is something that makes us feel connected to the world around us and conveys our gratitude," Kreviazuk said in a statement Tuesday on news of the Canadian industry tribute.
The Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award is handed out annually as part of the Canadian Music Week event each March.