Tom Petty was honored as MusiCares Person Of The Year at a star-studded event over the weekend.Among the stars who performed at the event were Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Jeff Lynne, The Lumineers, Elle King, George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison, Bob Dylan’s son Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Taj Mahal and many more. The event was emceed by Ed Helms.Tom Petty was honored in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists’ rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.“Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation. “His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event.”“I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry,” said Petty. “I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”
APTN National NewsGrade 8 students from the Quinte Mohawk public school just released a compelling album called, The Problem.For three weeks, the students collaborated on the project with musicians to create songs that educate, empower and inspire.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.
Read a related report on military surveillance of AkwesasneJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit considered the yearly Valentine’s Day vigils for murdered and missing Indigenous women as a potential source for “extremism” and “civil unrest,” according to a document released to APTN National News.The heavily redacted, seven-page counterintelligence report compiled by the Canadian Forces National Counterintelligence Unit was obtained under the Access to Information Act.The Threat information Collection report focused on a time frame from Jan. 6 to Feb. 5, 2015, included Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta as its geographical coverage area and used information from 27 sources.The report was compiled “in support of a Threat Assessment” required for an event or issue that is redacted from the document.Much of the report is redacted, except for a section referencing the Islamic State terror network in a section on terrorism, Akwesasne under a section referencing “criminal activity” and the Valentine’s Day murdered and missing Indigenous women vigils held yearly across the country.The vigils are mentioned third in a five item list under the heading, “Interference/Extremism/Civil Unrest.”It’s unclear why the vigils were included in the list as any potential explanation appears to be redacted. The unredacted portion, however, states that these vigils have never been a source of civil unrest or extremism.“(Feb. 14) has become a day to hold peaceful rallies and vigils to draw attention to violence against women, in some cases specifically violence against Aboriginal women,” said the report. “These events have been held for 24 years consecutively and have never been an issue.”The rest of the section is censored.CF National Counter Intelligence Unit report Download (PDF, Unknown)