TORONTO (CelebrityAccess) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC have today (Jan. 16) announced that legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Corey Hart will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2019 JUNO Awards.
Hart, who has sold over 16 million albums worldwide, will join the ranks of Canadian music icons including Anne Murray, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, RUSH, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, and Shania Twain.
“I am deeply humbled by this invitation into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” said Hart. “It’s an incredible honour to be acknowledged alongside so many other talented and venerable Canadian artists. My career goal since the beginning has always been to remain one hundred per cent authentic to my artistic vision while embodying the highest respect and dedication towards the craft I love so much. It’s even more symbolic to receive this recognition as I release my first collection of new studio music and prepare to embark on my first national Canadian tour in over 20 years – these are indeed …very exciting times for me.”
“We are proud to welcome Corey into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” added Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “He was one of the biggest Canadian success stories of the eighties and nineties and even though he stepped back from the spotlight, he remained active in writing and producing for other artists. We look forward to celebrating him at The 2019 JUNO Awards in London.”
To celebrate his induction, Hart will take the stage at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, on Sunday, March 17, to perform on live television for the first time in over 20 years. Fans from across the world can tune-in to watch the performance as part of The 2019 JUNO Awards broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada and globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos.
A new exhibition honoring Hart, in partnership with CARAS, is also scheduled to launch at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary.