Singer Michael Buble said he’s humbled to have the ability feel supported during what was a challenging time for his family and to represent his home country.

“I stand here really humbled that I have been permitted to be one of the musical agents and that you’d decide to bestow this honor upon me through what was an emotionally difficult time for my family,” Buble said Wednesday during a rare public appearance in Ottawa.

At Rideau Hall to be given a medal from Gov. Gen. David Johnston as part of this 2017 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, it was the first public occasion for Buble, 41, since announcing last fall that his three-year-old son, Noah, is fighting cancer.

“I thank you for the support and love that you have given me and for the pride I am full of each and every time I’m ready to stand on a point and say, ‘My name is Michael Steven Buble and I’m Canadian,” Buble, who was born in Burnaby, B.C., said to resounding applause as he capped off his brief speech.

The illness was not mentioned by the singer, but seemed emotional as he spoke of the love he has for his wife his parents, and their two kids, including their son Elias, in addition to Luisana Lopilato and sisters.

“There are no words to describe how I feel about you,” Buble said. “Sometimes, ‘I love you’ just is not enough because what I believe is just a whole lot more.”

In her native Argentina, Lopilato held a news conference in April to express Noah progressed from therapy.

His family was there to see the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes an achievement is received by him.

Buble released his ninth studio album, called “Nobody But Me,” in October.

Other honorees at the service, to be followed by a gala Thursday evening, comprised actors Michael J. Fox and Martin Short, who spoke of how Canada has inspired and supported them as they accepted lifetime achievement awards for broadcasting.

“I want to thank Canada for the warm embrace of house,” said Fox, 56, who’s was being recognized for his career as a performer but also for supporting research into Parkinson’s disease, which he’s had since the early 1990s.

Fox told the crowd that when he goes to find the New York Rangers play a Canadian group, he sings along to both national anthems, but he always sings “O Canada” a bit louder.

“I learned it first and I know it best,” he said.

Short, 67, said that has never met an American who wasn’t a bit jealous of his passport, particularly since U.S. President Donald Trump came to the White House.

“We are the aliens they do not deport,” Short said to laughter.

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