You’ve no doubt heard of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or maybe even Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto, but did you know that Vancouver has its very own BC Entertainment Hall of Fame?
Founded in 1992, the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (BCEHOF) honours past or present British Columbia residents who have had an outstanding impact on the province’s entertainment arena, whether performing live or working behind the scenes. To date, more than 300 performers, producers, agents, broadcasters, managers and patrons have been recognized on Granville Street’s StarWalk or in the lobby of the Orpheum Theatre.
Past inductees have included the likes of singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, jazz artists Diana Krall and Michael Buble, actress Joy Coghill, maestro Bramwell Tovey, bandleader Dal Richards, impresario Hugh Pickett, choreographer Anna Wyman, producer David YH Lui, broadcaster Jurgen Gothe, and managers Sam Feldman and Bruce Allen.
“The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is a testament to our province’s thriving entertainment scene and a window into its history,” says Christopher Gaze, founder of Bard on the Beach and BCEHOF inductee. “It’s an honour to be included in this illustrious group of men and women, and I am delighted to help ensure that our future inductees receive the recognition they deserve.”
Organizers are now calling for nominations for 2016 inductees in either the StarWalk or Pioneers categories. StarWalk inductees include individuals who, through demonstrated excellence in their craft, have enhanced the province’s cultural profile, both locally and on the world stage. Pioneers are those who historically have left an indelible mark on British Columbia’s entertainment landscape.
Beginning this year five, to a maximum of seven, inductees will be named in each of the two categories. All applications will be reviewed by BCEHOF’s nominating committee, which is composed of previous inductees, as well as people actively involved in British Columbia’s entertainment industry. This year, the BCEHOF board has introduced a new, more rigorous nomination process to streamline and align the awards process with other hall of fame organizations across North America.
“The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is an opportunity to celebrate those individuals who have, and continue to shape BC.’s cultural landscape,” says BCEHOF President of the Board Rob Haynes. “With this new nomination process, we hope better reflect the truly unique contributions these cultural trailblazers have made.”
BCEHOF nomination forms as well as more information about the organization and nomination process are available on the BCEHOF website. This year’s nominations close on March 15.
The 2016 inductees will be announced in early spring.