Ottawa declares ‘Blue Rodeo Day’ on March 30

Carly Maga
North Stars

With seven Juno awards, seven SOCAN Awards, and a whopping 16 albums, Blue Rodeo is one of Canada's most enduring bands. Now it's getting the recognition it's earned, with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declaring today, March 30, as Blue Rodeo Day.

Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor, Bazil Donovan, Glenn Milchem, and Bob Egan are in Ottawa for Sunday night's Juno Awards, during which they'll be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame -- joining the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Anne Murray, and Shania Twain.

To celebrate the achievement, as well as the 25th anniversary of the band's very first album (1987's "Outskirts"), Watson will present Blue Rodeo with a "unique gift" today.

In an interview with Spinner, Cuddy said, "A couple years ago, if they'd offered this to us, we'd have thought it felt weird. But this hits us at a time when we're engaged with what we're doing in the future so we don't feel like we're stalling by looking back -- and everyone is allowing themselves to enjoy looking back because we have a lot to look back on."

We're so full of Blue Rodeo love on days like this, so let us commemorate the band with one of its classics, which will help tide us over until its Juno performance with Sarah McLachlan on Sunday night.

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