By Lethbridge Herald on May 21, 2015.
Canadian music icon Ian Tyson has been announced as The University of Lethbridge Senateâ€™s fourth 2015 Honorary Degree recipient.
â€œItâ€™s very exciting to have one of our countryâ€™s foremost musicians and entertainers accept our offer of an honorary degree,â€ said University of Lethbridge chancellor Janice Varzari. â€œHis music has long reflected the values and lifestyles of southern Albertans and his contribution to Canadian culture is indelible.â€
The U of L will present Tyson with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honouris causa, at the Spring 2015 Convocation Ceremony IV on Friday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.
Fellow southern Alberta country entertainer Corb Lund will read Tysonâ€™s citation at the official ceremony.
A western music singer and songwriter, Tyson has produced many popular and critically-acclaimed folk songs reflecting rural culture in Alberta.
Â In the early 1960s, Tyson was half of the singing sensation Ian and Sylvia. Together, they produced some of Canadaâ€™s best-loved songs, including Four Strong Winds. Later, as the band Great Speckled Bird, they produced pioneering country rock music and toured worldwide.
Tysonâ€™s music has been covered by several renowned artists, and been honoured with awards from the Canadian Country Music Association, the Country Music Association of Calgary and the Alberta Recording Industry Association.
His contributions to Canadaâ€™s music scene have included hosting for five years his own national television music program, The Ian Tyson Show. He has also published two books, among them the bestselling autobiography, The Long Trail: My Life in the West. He has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Western Music Association Hall of Fame.
Tyson is a member of the Order of Canada, was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence and has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and the Queenâ€™s Diamond Jubilee Medal.