Alex Cuba will receive an honorary doctorate from an Ontario university

Smithers music phenom Alex Cuba has announced he will receive an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., in October.

“I feel very honored and excited, it’s beyond my dreams,” Cuba said.

A letter from Dr. Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University, reads in part: “On behalf of the Queen’s University Senate at Kingston, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to receive the honorary doctorate in law. . By nominating you for an honorary degree, Queen’s University wishes to recognize your artistic and cultural impact as a Cuban musician, maintaining the sonic and musical fabric of your birthplace, while fully and successfully integrating you into the cultures of the Canada.

In its acceptance of the degree, Cuba was also asked to give the graduating students an address.

This has been a notable year for Cuba, which won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album this year, for an album recorded and produced right here in the Bulkley Valley.

Now an honorary doctorate and a mural on Main Street in Smithers honoring his accomplishments in the music industry.

“Words are not enough to express the immense gratitude I feel, the decision to paint this mural was not only a celebration of my Grammy win but also of art in general and that can only form an even better community,” Cuba said in a statement.

“It’s been an amazing year.”

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Alex Cuba wins the first Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album on Sunday, April 3. (FB pic)

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