TORONTO - The Juno Awards are bringing Rush back into the limelight, this time to honour their philanthropic record.
The Toronto power-prog trio has been named as this year's recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.
The veteran rockers will accept the award at this year's Juno Awards in Hamilton on March 14.
Rush have long worked with the Toronto Food Bank and have held benefit concerts to raise money for United Way and AIDS research.
Recently, the band donated $100,000 from a Winnipeg concert for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and gave the same amount to Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Since 2010, they've donated $1 from every concert ticket sold to various charities including Doctors Without Borders.
"We are sincerely grateful to be recognized as this year's recipients of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award," said the band's Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee collectively in a statement.
"We are proud, honoured and humbled to be in the company of all Canadians who find it within their hearts to help those in need."