Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida To Be Honoured With The 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida as the recipients of the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Bell Media. Kreviazuk and Maida exemplify the spirit of the award through their devotion 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 and commitment that goes well beyond music. Ardent believers in social equality, they have been formidable advocates for the less fortunate — from mental health patients and aboriginal communities to war-torn societies.

The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. Named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters, the award is made possible by funding from BCE-Bell Media Benefits.  It will be presented to Kreviazuk and Maida at the 2014 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on March 29, 2014 in Winnipeg.

Kreviazuk's an honourary founder of War Child Canada, one of the many organizations the married couple has embraced. They have visited Iraq, Ethiopia and the Congo on behalf of various causes, including women's rights, war refugees and child education. Maida launched War Child's Busking for Change program, in which Canadian musicians have raised money for children in the world's most devastated regions.

Kreviazuk has worked to eliminate the stigma of mental illness alongside the Canadian Mental Health Association; joined forces with Polar Bears International; fundraised in support of B.C.'s Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community, which offers a groundbreaking model for men battling addiction; and has been an advocate and donor on behalf of The Opportunity Fund, created by Lloyd 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 their communities and participate in the political process.

For more information on the 2014 JUNO Awards, or to download photos of Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, go to www.junoawards.ca. CTV's broadcast of The 2014 JUNO Awards airs live March 30, from Winnipeg's MTS Centre.

SOURCE: Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

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