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Singer-Songwriters Behind Blue Rodeo Among Order of Canada Recipients

88 Canadians to be honoured in 2014

The singer-songwriters behind the enduring success of the band Blue Rodeo headline a talented cast of new appointments to the Order of Canada.

The Governor General says Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor will be celebrated as Officers of the Order in a ceremony later in 2014, along with 88 other new or promoted appointees.

Those being honoured include actors Colm Feore and Sarah Polley, author Douglas Coupland, journalists Steve Paikin and George Jonas, historian Michael Bliss and fashion TV host Jeanne Beker.

Former Conservative deputy prime minister Don Mazankowski and retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps are among four eminent Canadians who are being promoted to be Companions of the Order of Canada, the highest honour.

Cuddy, 58, and Keelor, 59, have been making music together since teaming up in high school, a lasting if sometimes combative duo whose relationship Cuddy once called ``incendiary.''

Together their sound - described variously as roots rock and alt-country - has pushed more than three million discs, a collaboration that includes 12 studio albums, three live recordings and a greatest hits compilation.

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