Veteran rocker Tom Cochrane is to be honoured with a top prize in recognition of his philanthropy work at the 2013 JUNO Awards in Canada.

The Life Is a Highway star, a longtime supporter of anti-poverty organisation World Vision, will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award from officials at the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Caras) at a special JUNO Gala Dinner on 20 April (13), the eve of the main awards ceremony in Regina, Saskatchewan.

A statement issued by Cochrane reads: "I am very honoured to receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award... It is an odd thing to receive an award for trying to do the right things when those things have presented themselves in the light of the tremendous blessings I have received in my life and career.

"Every day my fans, family and friends get up and many of them do the right things for other people and the good of our world and country without getting acknowledged. So I share this with you."

Cochrane is also known for his work with Amnesty International, Parkinson's research charities and his participation in benefit concerts for Live 8 and Canada For Asia, which raised over $4 million (£2.5 million) to aid the relief effort following the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.