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Belleville native Chip Sutherland, a veteran entertainment lawyer, was feted Sunday evening by the Canadian music industry at the 53rd annual JUNO Awards.

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A Moira Secondary School alumnus, Sutherland, 60, was presented the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.

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“Chip Sutherland, Halifax’s own esteemed industry veteran, entertainment lawyer and artist manager, was awarded the prestigious Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for his amazing work supporting the success and development of countless Canadian musicians,” stated JUNO organizers.

Every year, the JUNO Awards name top musicians and those in the music industry as recognized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).

On Sunday, the awards program was hosted by singer, songwriter and pop superstar Nelly Furtado, and broadcast from Scotiabank Centre in Downtown Halifax.

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Sutherland has worked closely with top musical bands such as The Rankin Family, Feist, Sloan, Alvvays and others.

After earning his B.A. at Trent University, Sutherland moved to Halifax in the mid-1980s to study law at Dalhousie University and played in a number of music groups.

He was a member of Black Pool “which won an East Coast Music Award in 1991 for pop/rock recording of the year,” reported the CBC.

He was later admitted to the Bar in 1990.

Decades later, Sutherland continues to manage and guide the careers of Canadian musicians.

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