MusiCounts to Honour Dallas Green with Its 'Inspired Minds Ambassador Award'

Michael Raine
July 12, 2022

MusiCounts will honour acclaimed songwriter, musician, producer and multi-Juno Award winner, Dallas Green (City and Colour, Alexisonfire, You+Me) with the 2022 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by CST Foundation. Green is being recognized for his philanthropic contributions to music education in Canada. Green’s philanthropy also extends to supporting Indigenous communities and low-income families. To honour his efforts, three schools that serve Indigenous communities or student populations facing socio-economic challenges will receive MusiCounts Band Aid Program grants in Green’s name.

“I am honoured to be able to support incredible organizations like MusiCounts who help to make music education accessible to youth across Canada,” says Green. “I recognize how lucky I am to make music for a living, and I’m really grateful to  be in a position to give back and help shine a light on the wonderful work they do.”

Green’s lasting impact on MusiCounts was built through years of dedicated fundraising efforts across the country. He donated a dollar for every ticket sold on his 2017 and 2019 Canadian tour dates to MusiCounts, and gave a dollar for every sale of his 2018 record Guide Me Back Home, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. In 2018 Green also participated in a MusiCounts Band Aid Program event at Church Street Public School in Toronto to celebrate the musical instruments and equipment the school received. Green interacted directly with students and shared the profound impact music education has had on his career. Watch video from the event here.

“MusiCounts is delighted to recognize Dallas Green with the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, not only for his contributions to MusiCounts, but also his leadership as an artist and philanthropist,“ says MusiCounts President Kristy Fletcher. “Dallas’ charitable work has had a significant impact, and he inspires others to do the same. Congratulations, Dallas!”

Green will be awarded The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by CST Foundation at the JUNO Opening Night Awards, presented by Ontario Creates on Saturday May 14, 2022.

“The CST Foundation is thrilled to present this year’s award to Dallas Green. Dallas has had a lasting impact in the music community and we are encouraged by his commitment to serving Indigenous communities and student populations facing socio-economic challenges in remote regions of Canada,” said Peter Lewis, Vice President, CST Foundation. “We are inspired by Dallas’ ongoing efforts in supporting music education for those who need it most.”

The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award recognizes an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on music education and the charity over the course of its history. Each Award Recipient receives a JUNO statuette. Green is the sixth individual to be recognized with the award.

Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.