Spirit of the West will receive its star along the Granville Island Star Walk this week.
Spirit of the West will receive its star along the Granville Island Star Walk this week.

One of British Columbia’s favourite bands, Spirit of the West, will be honoured with a star along the Granville Street Star Walk this week.

The band, which has been making music since the 1980s and is best known for its genre-defying mix of rock, pop and folk, will receive the honour as part of a ceremony that includes their very own bronze star embedded in the Star Walk in downtown Vancouver.  The Star Walk honours British Columbians who have made an outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.

The star will be presented to Spirit of the West members John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly, Hugh McMillan, Tobin Frank, Matthew Harder and Vince Ditrich at the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame’s annual ceremony at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on March 15, 2014.

If that single honour isn’t enough, the Access to Music Foundation will also be on hand to present their bi-annual Beautiful Heart Award, in recognition of a person whose charitable spirit and musical contributions have made a significant impact to British Columbia and Canada. The recipient of this year’s award is Spirit of The West front man John Mann for his efforts with Bulembu.org, a Swazi-based children’s charity, and his work with the BC Cancer Foundation.  Also an acclaimed solo artist, John Mann’s newest solo offering Waiting Room is quickly becoming a critical success, and the recording highlights his recent battle with cancer. The presentation of the award reflects his creative efforts surrounding this challenge and others he’s faced in his life and career.

Tickets to the March 15, 2014 presentations at the Commodore Ballroom are on sale now at Ticketmaster.