Billy Talent will receive the Legends of Live Special Achievement Award on May 11 in recognition of their enduring career.
The presentation is to be made during the third annual Live Music Industry Awards as part of CMW, inside the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, and tickets are available here.
" We've always prided ourselves on our live shows and to be acknowledged for it is something we don't take lightly,” the band members said in a collective statement this weekend. “We'd like to express our thanks and gratitude to Ralph James and Lorraine Webb at APA who have been with us since the beginning as well as to CMW for this heartfelt honour and their continued support over the years. Their efforts in encouraging, embracing and enabling this wonderful, special and diverse community are what allows the Canadian music scene to grow and to thrive."
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, the band has sold nearly a million albums in Canada, and almost three million internationally. Their albums, Billy Talent, II and III, have all received multi-platinum certifications, with platinum status for Dead Silence and gold for their latest album, Afraid of Heights, which debuted at #1 in Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
"It's been my privilege to be on the Billy Talent team for the last 16 years - a band that delivers the goods every single show - they don't walk on the stage, they hit the stage!" - Ralph James, APA
"Billy Talent's ongoing success is something that we can all admire as they are known for their endless tours and multi-platinum selling records. We extend our sincerest congratulations to the band on everything they've achieved over the past 25 years and look forward to acknowledging them at the 3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards." - Neill Dixon, President, Canadian Music Week