Loreena McKennitt, the Stratford-based composer, singer and musician, will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall Monday.
The award will be presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David C. Olney. Canada’s Governor General, David Johnston, will be in attendance representing the Queen.
The Diamond Jubilee Medals are being presented to Ontario residents who are members of the Order of Canada or the Order of Ontario; some 500 are expected at the Toronto ceremony. McKennitt, originally from Morden, Manitoba, has been a Stratford resident for more than 25 years, and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004, a year after being honoured with the Order of Manitoba.
“I’m delighted to receive this honour,” she said, “and pleased that this ceremony has a major musical element.”
Gordon Lightfoot, Susan Aglukark, Ben Heppner and Molly Johnson — all members of the Order of Canada — will perform at the event.
The ceremonies mark another milestone of a busy summer for McKennitt, who recently completed a major European tour — 31 concerts in 11 different countries — and is now preparing for two concerts in Stratford, a major Luminato event in Toronto on June 13, and a dozen festivals in Europe in July.