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charlene 04-15-2015 05:52 PM

LAKEHEAD UNIV.- Doctorate of Music for LIGHTFOOT

Lightfoot getting honorary doctorate from Lakehead University

By Roberta Bell, Orillia Packet & Times
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 2:59:57 EDT PM

Orillia-born, Canadian-music legend Gordon Lightfoot is to receive an honorary degree from Lakehead University.

“For us, it's really a dream come true,” said Kim Fedderson, dean of the Orillia campus, of the chance to confer Lightfoot with a doctorate of music.

The presentation will take place June 6 at Rotary Place during Lakehead's local convocation ceremony.

Fedderson said it's something university has long hoped to have happened, especially since the Orillia campus opened in 2006.

“It's been a goal of ours,” Fedderson said.

The presentation will take place June 6 at Rotary Place during Lakehead Univesrity's Orillia campus convocation ceremony.

Decisions on honorary degrees are made by the university's senate, to which people are invited to submit suggestions.

“They're typically well-known and distinguished citizens,” Fedderson said of those to whom the degrees are awarded.

“Gordon Lightfoot is... one of the most distinguished Orillians there has ever been,” Fedderson said.

Lightfoot is not the first to receive an honorary doctorate of music from Lakehead. The university has also conferred them on other Canadian singer-songwriters, including Buffy Ste. Marie and Neil Young.

Lakehead will be recognizing two other prominent Orillians: Angelo Orsi as a Fellow and Robert Lamb with the Civitas Award.

Fellows are Fellows of the entire university. They are recognized based on their contribution to Lakehead at large.

Orsi, a developer, was mayor of the city between 2010 and 2014, but his contribution to the university predates that, Fedderson said.

Orsi was a driving force behind Lakehead's expansion from downtown Orillia to University Avenue.

Naming Orsi, who continues to be a “strong supporter,” was “natural,” Fedderson said.

Recipients of the Civitas Award are local citizens who have made a significant contribution to the Orillia campus.

“Robert Lamb has fulfilled that,” Fedderson said.

Lamb, the city's former manager of economic development, was not only a member of the task force that conceptualized and lobbied for Lakehead's satellite campus, he was the lead negotiator.



Honorary Doctorate – Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot is an indelible part of the Canadian national spirit and regarded as perhaps the most prolific and greatest Canadian singer-songwriter of all time.

Born and raised in Orillia, Lightfoot made his performing debut at St. Paul’s United Church at the age of five. He went on to achieve international status as one of the most prolific and successful singer-songwriters of all time.

This year Lightfoot celebrates 50 years of hit song making and international recording success. He has recorded 20 albums, has five Grammy nominations and 17 Juno Awards. In 2012, he was honoured for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ‘70s with his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The music of Gordon Lightfoot has had a powerful impact, with many of his songs recorded and performed by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand.

In Canada, Lightfoot has been decorated with the Governor General’s Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada Honour of Merit. He is a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Described as a national treasure, Gordon Lightfoot is a cultural icon whose time-defying style and legendary hits have made him one of Canada’s most anticipated live performers. His classics, such as Canadian Railroad Trilogy and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald have contributed to, and captured, the Canadian spirit.

paskatefan 04-16-2015 05:31 AM

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How wonderful! Many congrats to THE troubadour!


charlene 04-16-2015 08:08 AM

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DATE OF event: The University announced on Wednesday that Gordon Lightfoot will receive an honourary doctorate degree of music at the June 6th Convocation.

Lightfoot is being recognized for his international success and outstanding contributions throughout Canada and in his hometown of Orillia.

charlene 06-06-2015 09:58 AM

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charlene 06-06-2015 10:57 AM

Honourary doctorate
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WATCH LIVE ONLINE: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/current-stu...duation/stream

charlene 06-06-2015 11:37 AM

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charlene 06-06-2015 12:12 PM

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charlene 06-06-2015 12:25 PM

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GREAT VIDEO- comments from Gordon and song - at 35 minutes -


SONG:I'll Tag Along :

Doug 06-07-2015 02:42 PM

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charlene 06-07-2015 07:22 PM

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ORILLIA - He's one of the most decorated musicians in Canadian history.

He's got 16 Juno Awards and five Grammy nominations to his name.

He's been recognized by the Canadian government, by the Governor General and inducted into more than one hall of fame as a pioneer songwriter in the folk-rock genre.

But Saturday morning, Lakehead University bestowed upon Gordon Lightfoot in his hometown of Orillia something that was new to him – an honorary doctorate of music.

“This is the first time anyone's presented me with doctorate of music,” Lightfoot, conferred in the past with doctorates of laws and human letters by other institutions, told the crowd gathered at Rotary Place for convocation.

While the academic robe draped around his shoulder wasn't his usual attire, Lightfoot looked immediately more himself as he picked up his guitar to perform his '80s hit I'll Tag Along, a song of perseverance and support, to his captivated audience.

Lakehead tries to inspire in its students drive, determination and passion to succeed that Gordon Lightfoot had, Kim Fedderson, principal of the Orillia campus, said.

“He truly represents the vision we have for our university,” Fedderson said.

Lakehead, based in Thunder Bay, opened the doors of a satellite at Heritage Place in 2006. The charter class had 104 students.

Saturday morning, more than three times as many walked across the stage to accept degrees.

During convocation, Lakehead recognized two members of the community who helped make that possible.

Local developer and former Orillia mayor Angelo Orsi was named a fellow.

“I had to look up what fellow meant,” Orsi told The Packet & Times before the ceremony began.

He was only half-joking. Being a fellow has different connotations, depending on the school and circumstances.

Orsi, who became involved in Lakehead's expansion to Orillia early in planning stages as a donor and adviser, was honoured for his contribution to the university at large.

He provided input and influenced the energy and environmental designs of the buildings that opened between 2010 and 2012 on University Avenue, for which Lakehead has been feted.

“I'm just a small piece of the puzzle. There are so many people part of it,” Orsi said.

Including former Orillia economic development manager Robert Lamb, who received the Civitas Award for his contribution locally.

He was a member of the task force that conceptualized and lobbied for the satellite campus and led negotiations.

Lamb is the first in his family to be recognized on Lakehead's Orillia stage, but he won't be the last.

Next year, his daughter will be graduating.

“I'll get to watch her walk across,” Lamb said, told The Packet & Times, his voiced filled with pride.

“(It's) a reminder of why it was so important,” he said of establishing the campus.

Liz Breton, who gave the convocation address to her fellow graduating classmates with Anna Lisa Martin, received both the President's Award and Lloyd Dennis Award for outstanding citizenship and leadesrhip.

Karin Wargel received the Chancellor's Medal as the highest-ranking part-time undergraduate student.

Jenny Thomas and Leah Catton received Orillia Campus Dean's Medals as the highest-ranking arts and science degree students.

Catton also received the Dean's Medal for highest standing in interdisciplinary studies while Carly Chantler received the Dean's Medal for the highest standing in sustainability sciences.

Rebecca Hamilton- Bachiu received the William A. West Medal for highest standing in the education program.



Youtube video by James Arlen

charlene 04-25-2016 09:18 AM

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a nice Monday memory....

johnfowles 11-28-2017 12:01 PM

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I used the photo recolured to sepia as the basis of my CD jewel case booklet for my personal use with the fine bootleg recording from 2001 (OK wrong University but it fits in well)

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