Peter Hum notes that amidst the controversy over Dr. Henry Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada (Canada's highest civilian honor, basically the equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom), almost no one seems to have noticed that Paul Bley also got the nod this year. Bley, is of course, a genius and one of the most influential pianists in jazz, so kudos to the Order's advisory council for giving him the nod.
The other musicians named to the Order this year include trombonist and composer Ian McDougall (of Canada's favorite bigband, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass), José Verstappen (executive director of Early Music Vancouver), Charles Aznavour (honourary) and Randolph C. Bachman.
Wait... Randolph C. Bachman? Bachman, Bachman. You don't mean... ?
Sincere congratulations to all.