The Slaight Family Foundation has provided more than $200-million in grants to humanitarian and cultural organizations in Canada and beyond. SamaritanMag's Karen Bliss sat with the Foundation's CEO for a frank discussion about the family's philanthropy and his own unbridled passion in supporting Canada's upcoming tier of musicians and songwriters.
Saturday, March 23rd, Gary was honoured with the Juno Humanitarian Award at Rogers Convention Centre in Vancouver. Included below is a revealing interview he did with CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos about his drive to better this world.
Saturday night, at the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards, 36 off-camera Juno awards were handed out, while four people were recognized for special achievement honours in the Canadian music industry. BC native Diana Krall won two statuettes.
From his home in Florida, one of the genuine legends of Canadian radio reflects on past and present trends, Gary Slaight's compassionate core, the Trump phenomenon, and his current listening habits in this fascinating interview.
The Montreal art-rockers and the fast-rising Toronto singer lead with four nods apiece, closely followed by Arkells, Gord Downie, Hedley and Ruth B. We interviewed some of the nominees for their reactions.
How rich is rich enough? It's not something I've ever had to deal with and unless I win a Power Ball type lottery, I don't expect to.
A trailblazer in the music and broadcast industries, Slaight's name has now become synonymous as an agent of change through multi-million dollar donations benefitting distressed communities at home and abroad, as well as creating opportunities for Canada's musicians.
Professionally, I have only had one dream. Be a Morning Man on the radio. I pursued it with passion. And I think I had a pretty good run, with people like my best friend and partner Jesse Dylan and others, Scruff, Brother Jake, Jane Hawtin, Gary Slaight, Steve Anthony, Bill Carroll and the list goes on...
At this extraordinary gala, music executive and humanitarian Gary Slaight received the inaugural award at the AGO in Toronto.
“Seldom in our times have we felt a greater need for the humanitarian spirit than now, with the rising voices of fear and distrust becoming more commonplace, anger and hatred competing with love and compassion. It is more crucial than ever to champion the basic principles of human welfare...