Jun 05, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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He’s a singer, songwriter and now – honorary doctor of music.

Regarded as one of the most prolific and greatest talents of all-time, Gordon Lightfoot will be honoured at Lakehead University in Orillia Saturday morning as part of the convocation ceremony.

Gordon Lightfoot

University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson says, ”Honorary degree recipients are nominated not only because of the scope of what they have accomplished, but because of how much they have given back to our world, as well.”

The 76-year old Lightfoot, born and raised in Orillia, celebrates 50 years in music this year.

Along with five Grammy nominations and 17 Juno Awards, he’s been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, decorated with the Governor General’s Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada Honour of Merit.

The convocation ceremony begins at 10am.

Live streaming here:  https://s3.amazonaws.comwww.lakeheadu.ca/current-students/graduation/stream

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