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Tom Cochrane Awarded Winnipeg’s Key to the City

June 18, 2012 3:09 PM | Entertainment

Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane holds his key to the city in Winnipeg on Monday, June 18, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Tom Cochrane (centre), with Diana Rasmussen, executive director of the ALS Society of Manitoba, and Mayor Sam Katz outside City Hall on Monday. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Canadian musician Tom Cochrane received the key to the City of Winnipeg on Monday.

Mayor Sam Katz honoured Cochrane with the not-so-rare distinction during a ceremony recognizing June as ALS Awareness Month outside of City Hall. Cochrane, 59, has been a supporter of the fight against ALS, a degenerative neurological disease, and has performed at fundraising concerts for the cause in the past.

The Lynn Lake-born musician received notoriety for his time with the band Red Rider. In 1991, he launched his solo music career and churned out the hit Life is a Highway.

Cochrane will perform at the Red River Ex tonight at 8 p.m. on the main stage.

Other recipients of the key to the city include actress Shannen Doherty, Sir Bob Geldof, actress Shirley MacLaine, Olympian Jon Montgomery, KISS rocker Gene Simmons, former Blue Bomber Milt Stegall, NHLer Jonathan Toews, and actor Henry Winkler.