In a media release, the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (BCEHF) has announced nine new inductees for 2018.
Joining over 275 previous recipients, recognized for their significant contribution to our province’s entertainment industry and cultural landscape, the awards are divided into two categories: StarWalk and Pioneer.
Among the 2018 StarWalk inductees are tenor Ben Heppner. Born in Murrayville, BC, Heppner began his musical studies at the University of British Columbia and went on to become one of the most prominent contemporary dramatic tenors. Now retired from singing, Hepnner is the host of Backstage with Ben Heppner on CBC Radio.
Joining Heppner on this year’s list of inductees is Grammy and Juno Award-winner Pranam (Chin) Injeti. The Vancouver-based Injeti is a founding member of the Juno Award-winning group Bass is Base, and has co-written and produced songs for the likes of Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Drake, Clipse, Eminem and Pink.
Other winners in the StarWalk category include The Georgia Straight’s publisher Dan McLeod, musicians David Sinclair and Todd Kerns, and opera director Nancy Hermiston.
The StarWalk inductees are recognized with a featured star on the Walk of Fame on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver and on the StarWall Gallery in the Orpheum Theatre.
According to a BCEHF media release, the Pioneer inductees “are those who have left an indelible mark on BC’s entertainment landscape”.
This year’s Pioneer inductees include actor Doug Cameron, who is considered one of the last true vaudevillians, having created numerous characters while playing the musical saw. He is joined by award-winning musician Lloyd Arntzen, and choreographer Susan Lehmann.
“The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is proud and excited to present a very diverse and impressive group of Pioneer and StarWalk inductees who represent artistic excellence in British Columbia,” says BCEHOF president Rob Haynes.
You can find out more about the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame online at bcentertainmenthalloffame.com.