Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Rainer Bloess today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to the Brothers Dubé (Quinn, Jan and Liam) for their success in the music industry, philanthropy, and inspiring young people to change the world through their creativity and passion.
Quinn, Jan, and Liam began their musical journey in 2006 at the early ages of six, eight, and 10 years old when their mother developed cancer. As a way to lift her spirits, they began covering her favourite songs and sharing them on YouTube. After succumbing to her illness in 2008, the boys began busking on the streets of their hometown of Ottawa with the goal of inspiring people with their story and exceptional talent. The brothers were quickly labelled as “Canada’s Youngest Rock Band” and have become committed philanthropists and social activists. Through their phenomenal performances they have raised over $150,000 for causes that relate closely to their own story including their most noticed work of helping orphans in Haiti.

The Brothers Dubé now produce and perform full-scale rock shows drawing thousands of people to their performances at some of the largest and more popular music festivals including Bluesfest, Osheaga, and the Montreal Pop Festival. Their music has also been featured on award-winning Canadian television shows including Degrassi.

These three young and extremely talented musicians have been the recipients of several accolades for their community and charitable service. These include the 2011 United Way Community Builder of the Year Award, the Heart of Gold Award, a commendation from the Prime Minister of Canada, and a nomination for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Governor General’s Award.