TRIUMPH Canadian Hall Of Fame Induction At JUNO AWARDS

At the 2008 Juno Awards nominee media conference held today in Toronto, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced this year's Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, the legendary rock band TRIUMPH. The original band members will be honored at the 2008 Juno Awards in Calgary on Sunday, April 6, broadcast on CTV from the Pengrowth Saddledome.

"TRIUMPH helped define arena rock as we know it today — they truly knew how to put on a spectacular concert experience for the fans," says Melanie Berry, CARAS President. "We are very proud to recognize them in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame."

Members Rik Emmett (vocals/guitars), Mike Levine (bass/keyboards) and Gil Moore (vocals/drums) were destined for stardom when they formed the Canadian hard-rock trio TRIUMPH in 1975. Their debut self-titled album was released in 1976 by Attic Records and quickly reached gold status. On the strength of the group's non-stop touring schedule throughout Canada and the USA, TRIUMPH had rapidly built a large and loyal fan base.

"It's a tremendous honour to be part of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In one way, the reunion is like a surprising, surreal whirlwind. In another sense, it is also very humbling," said Rik Emmett. "I lost my brother to cancer last year, and he was always one of my biggest supporters — and a huge fan of TRIUMPH — so an award like this also pays tribute to an enduring relationship with music lovers everywhere."

"I couldn't be more thrilled. This is the ultimate honor for TRIUMPH," said bass guitarist/keyboardist Mike Levine.

Fellow band mate Gil Moore adds, "It's a humbling experience and an honor to be recognized by your peers in this way — it has inspired me to start playing again."

In June 2008, the original members of TRIUMPHEmmett, Levine and Moore — will unite to perform a reunion world premiere at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978 by CARAS to honour individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution toward the greater international recognition of Canadian artists and music. Last year's inductee to the Canadian Hall of Fame was Bob Rock and previous inductees include Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and the late Bruce Fairbairn.

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