January 1, 2018
As a member of Blue Rodeo and as a solo artist, Jim Cuddy has received some of Canada's highest honours, including The Order of Canada, inductions into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame, multiple JUNO and SOCAN Awards, and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. Cuddy has been an ongoing advocate for music education through his profound support of MusiCounts initiatives and events. In 2004, Cuddy was the driving force behind the creation of JUNO Cup, an annual charity hockey game, which to date has raised a significant amount of money for MusiCounts. Cuddy also served on the MusiCounts Advisory Committee for several years, helping to further the charity's mission of ensuring that youth have access to music in their school or community. He has also participated in a MusiCounts Band Aid Program celebration and been a champion for CARAS and MusiCounts. In 2017, Blue Rodeo sponsored the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, hosting the recipient teacher and her students at the band's recording studio, The Woodshed.