Legendary Canadian rockers RUSH were among those who received prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, given out by Governor General David Johnston, on Saturday, May 5 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. All three members of the band were in attendance. Each laureate received a cash award of $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee said it was a privilege to be at the gala.
"I'm so proud of Canada for doing such a thing," said Lee. "To value artists and to celebrate art is a real pat on the back for artists." "We're going to take a run on a really fun take on a RUSH song," show producer Kari Cullen told CTV.ca. "We're going to experiment a little bit with their music, with their permission, and see how much they enjoy it." Check out a photo gallery at this location. Video footage of the choir version of "The Spirit Of Radio" along with the NAC Orchestra's rendition of "Tom Sawyer" from yesterday's ceremony can be viewed below.