Rush and Bernie Finkelstein Chosen For Canadian Music Hall of Fame
POSTED: OCTOBER 3RD, 2002
TORONTO (CP) -- Rockers Rush and artist manager Bernie Finkelstein will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next February, Canadian Music Week organizers announced Wednesday.
While inductees are traditionally chosen from the business and executive ranks, officials thought the contributions of Rush and Finkelstein to the growth of the industry needed acknowledgment.
"This year's honourees show a diversity and acknowledge the pivotal role that Canadian performing artists have had in shaping the growth and expansion of the Canadian music industry," said Neill Dixon, president of Canadian Music Week.
Rush, made up of Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee, have released 22 albums with worldwide sales of over $35 million. The band has won eight Juno Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Its members were made officers of the Order of Canada.
Finkelstein, a leading figure in the Canadian music industry for over 35 years, currently manages Bruce Cockburn, Stephen Fearing>/b> and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. He is the founder of True North Records, Canada's oldest independent record company.
Previous inductees to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame include retailer Sam (the Record Man) Sniderman, concert promoter Donald Tarlton, record company executives Stan Kulin, Ross Reynolds and Joe Summers, and broadcaster Red Robinson.