Jerry Wasserman, Diane Lines, and Roy Forbes are among the nine new inductees in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame
Jerry Wasserman, Diane Lines, and Roy Forbes are among the nine new inductees in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame

Nine new inductees have been added to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. Joining over 275 previous recipients recognized for their significant contribution to our province’s entertainment industry, the awards are divided into two categories: StarWalk and Pioneers.

According to a BC Entertainment Hall of Fame press release, the StarWalk inductees are “individuals who have enhanced the province’s cultural profile, both locally and on the world stage”. They are recognized with a star on Granville Street’s Walk of Fame and in a gallery located inside the Orpheum Theatre.

Among the StarWalk recipients this year is actor Jerry Wasserman. A professor of English and theatre, Wasserman is also an author, theatre critic and has more than 200 professional acting credits in theatre, film and television.

“I’m thrilled and humbled by this news, and kind of embarrassed when I think of all the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, and reviewed, who haven’t received this recognition,” says Wasserman. “But I’m really going to enjoy stepping on my star.”

Also recognized this year is Diane Lines. A veteran of Vancouver’s music community, Lines is a musical director, pianist, vocalist, arranger, and composer. She has worked with a variety of artists including Juno Award winners Bria Skonberg, Shari Ulrich, and Gary Fjellgaard.

“I was uncharacteristically speechless, but absolutely thrilled to be included among artists whose careers I have followed and admired for years,” says Lines.

Musician Roy “Bim” Forbes joins singer-songwriter Gary Fjellgaard, Canadian rock band 54∙40, and choreographer Valerie Easton as the other recipients in the StarWalk category.

Forbes has been making music since the 1960s, recording nine solo records. Not his first recognition for his contribution to British Columbia’s cultural landscape, Forbes also has a street named after him in his hometown of Dawson Creek.

“I’m tickled and honoured to be rubbing elbows with the current and previous inductees of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, including early pioneers like Al Reusch and Fraser MacPherson,” says Forbes.

This year’s Pioneer inductees include singer Doug Cox, and nightclub owners, Isy and Richard Walters. The three will join a growing list of Pioneer recipients on a plaque at the Orpheum, recognized for having left “an indelible mark on BC’s entertainment landscape”.

You can find out more about the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame online at http://bcentertainmenthalloffame.com.