Cuddy noted that this was the first speech he had ever given, so to calm his nerves he brought his guitar and harmonica to do what he does best, performing "Try", "Five Days in May" and "Head over Heels".
Music students also took the opportunity to ask the singer for career advice during a lengthy question and answer period. They were also pleasantly surprised when their dean of the College of Arts and Science, Peter Stoicheff, appeared onstage with a guitar to jam with Cuddy for his final song.
While many local music fans have likely seen Cuddy and Blue Rodeo perform in Saskatoon, few get to hear artists speak at length about their careers and how they achieved success. Sabrina Kehoe, associate director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, says this is what makes the lecture series unique and consistently fills Convocation Hall to capacity.
"We seldom get an opportunity to hear the ideas and perspectives of internationally-renowned thinkers, creators and artists, and we rarely have the opportunity to engage meaningfully with them. This lecture [series] offers both experiences."
To view videos of the talk and performance, please visit the College of Arts and Science website.