Johnny Reid

Joining walkers at the 2011 Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers was award-winning musician and songwriter, Johnny Reid.

Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, asked Johnny to get involved with this year’s walk and lend his support, and he took no ‘half measures’. He formed a team of 50 walkers, and collectively they raised over $90,000. He brought his band to the opening ceremonies, and revved up the crowd with his inspiring song Let’s Go Higher. Then he put on his tartan kilt, and enjoyed a beautiful day walking the streets of Toronto with over 4,000 other walkers. Having lost his granny and a member of his band to cancer, the cause is important to him, and, in his wonderful Scottish brogue he explained, “I’m just so happy to be part of something so much bigger than myself…to raise awareness, to raise money…to celebrate life.”

In recent years, this Scottish-born, Canadian-bred performer has won numerous awards from the Canadian Country Music Association, including the 2011 Fans Choice Award, Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, Top Selling Album, CMT Video and Male Artist of the Year Awards. In 2011 he also took home the JUNO for Country Album of the Year.

Johnny’s goal is always to write songs that help people. “Songs that help them cry when they need to and help them laugh when they can,” he says.

  Reviewed: October 2013