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Canadian Recording Artist Jason Blaine Named Algonquin College Alumnus of the Year-Will Speak at Pembroke Campus Graduation Ceremony

Pembroke native, Canadian country music artist Jason Blaine.

Pembroke native, Canadian country music artist Jason Blaine.

One of Algonquin College’s best known graduates will be honoured for his career success and community commitment when Jason Blaine is presented with the Alumnus of the Year award during the Pembroke Waterfront Campus convocation ceremony. Blaine is a 2001 graduate of the Business program who combined his raw musical talent with the business skills he learned at Algonquin to become one of Canada’s leading country musicians.

Since launching his professional musical career, Blaine has written and recorded several hit songs including “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore,” a tune that won him best song of the year in 2012 at the Canadian Country Music Awards. A year ago, the Ottawa Senators also honoured Blaine as a Community Hero and two years ago he was an Ontario College Premier’s Awards nominee.

Algonquin College President, Cheryl Jensen, is very pleased she will have the opportunity to present Blaine with the award at the Pembroke Campus Convocation ceremony on Friday, June 5th. “Jason is from Pembroke and it is obvious that his hometown is very important to him, given his wonderful charity work in the area. Jason is extremely talented musically, but it is his community mindedness and his commitment to helping others that has earned him this special recognition. Through his demonstrated philanthropic work, Jason has demonstrated the core values of our college and has been a role model for other Algonquin alumni,” adds President Jensen.

Following the award presentation, Blaine will have the opportunity to address the graduating class. “I am really looking forward to speaking at the ceremony. I am a huge supporter of Algonquin College because of how it has helped me, and how it helps the Pembroke area. The college is vitally important to the region and I am very honoured to receive this award,” says Blaine.

Blaine, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Amy and their three young children, launched his own charity last year, an inaugural concert and golf tournament that raised $50,000 for charitable causes in his hometown. Among the organizations that benefitted from the fundraiser were Algonquin College’s capital campaign, the Pembroke and Area Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the Pembroke and Petawawa Community Foundation.

His second charity concert and golf tournament will be held this year on June 16 and 17th and Blaine expects the event will surpass last year’s fundraising total. Again this year he has brought together some great acts including Tim Hicks and Chad Brownlee who will both perform at the concert and will participate in the golf tournament.

During his two years studying at Algonquin, Blaine was an elected student representative on the College’s Board of Governors. After graduating from college he moved to Southern Ontario where he started recording his own music, before moving to the United States to be in the heart of the Country music industry. Blaine will release his sixth album this fall and his latest single, “Country Side” is his eleventh song to crack the top ten list in Canada.