For his charity work in his home country, The Weeknd has received this year’s CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award.
The award is presented to an artist, duo, or group to highlight their social activism, charitable donations, and general support of benevolent causes. As the recipient of the award, The Weeknd will be able to choose a charity to which The Slaight Family Foundation will donate $50,000.
“That this is a Canadian award sits deep with me. Allan and The Slaight Family Foundation are known across the country for their generous philanthropy, and it means a lot to be acknowledged, and is an honour to be recognized along with the legendary Canadian artists who received this award before me,” said The Weeknd via a press release.
The Weeknd has become the first to receive both the CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award and the Allan Slaight Impact Award, which he received in 2014 at Canada’s Walk of Fame.
“The global success of Abel “the Weeknd” Tesfaye makes every Canadian proud. What Abel has done with his success is something that we can be doubly proud of–and this is to improve the lives of people in need, in Canada and around the world. His altruism, in a word, is exemplary,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of The Slaight Family Foundation.
“Throughout his professional life, my father, Allan Slaight, made it a family mission to ensure our financial accomplishments were used to improve our community and beyond. Abel’s support of organizations, foundations and initiatives working to make the world a better place aligns with my father’s desire to do the same. In recognition of his philanthropy, Abel Tesfaye is admirably deserving of the 2022 CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award and on behalf of myself and our family we honour him for his charitableness, humanness and unspoken kindnesses.”