Grammy Award winner David Foster gets — and drops — key to city

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Mayor Brian Bowman recognizes B.C. musician David Foster for his philanthropic work. (Tyson Koschik/CBC )
Musician and philanthropist David Foster is the first person to receive a key to the City of Winnipeg since Brian Bowman was elected mayor two years ago.

At a ceremony outside city hall, Bowman handed the Victoria, B.C.-born composer, producer and songwriter an award to recognize decades of promoting the need for organ donation as well as to raise the profile of a fundraising concert slated for Saturday at MTS Centre.

Foster has received 16 Grammy Awards and three Academy Award nominations for best original song. He has produced albums for a range of famous artists, including Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, Céline Dion, and Josh Groban.

Foster, 66, said he took up organ donation as a cause approximately 30 years ago, after his mother asked him to visit an ill child.

"Thirty years ago, if you needed a transplant, you had to leave Canada and visit America to get it done," said Foster, who subsequently built an endowment fund that supports the families of people who need organ transplants. Continue reading
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