Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jann Arden Named "Vancouver Favourite"

At her Wednesday, November 18th performance at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Canadian singer songwriter, Jann Arden was honoured as a “Vancouver Favourite” by the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. Presenting the prestigious award, which includes a plaque on the wall at the Orpheum Theatre, was BC Entertainment Hall of Fame President Elizabeth Ball and local personality, Red Robinson, Vice President of BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Previous recipients of the award, which honours local and international entertainers who have left lasting impressions on the hearts of Vancouverites through frequent visits to the city, include Harry Belafonte, Nana Mouskouri, Yo-Yo Ma and B.B. King.

An entertainment icon, Jann Arden has sold millions of albums worldwide, performed on countless stages and continues to keep audiences laughing night after night. November 18th is the first of two intimate evening performances at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Jann’s 2009/2010 cross Canada tour.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Vancouver, BC
– Elizabeth Ball, President of the Board of Directors
of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, announced
“We’re gleaming on Granville Street!”

On Monday, The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame installed the Stars for beloved band leader Dal Richards and Ball, the first of many new bronze plaques in the renewed Granville Street Project!

Dal placed a signed saxophone reed under his plaque, and even did a little impromptu playing for passersby.

The beautiful new permanent bronze plaques are a wonderful way to acknowledge the fine contributions made by remarkable performing artists in British Columbia. Both local citizens and tourists alike appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of British Columbia’s entertainment industry.

The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame honours British Columbians who have made an outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry here, in Canada and abroad. The Hall was inaugurated in 1994 and currently includes almost 300 inductees. The Hall features the STARWALK along Granville near the Orpheum, the Ticketmaster-sponsored Starwall Gallery and the Pioneer Plaque in the Orpheum lobby, scholarships for students,and the member’s website.

For a complete list of members, check the STARWALK icon on the Orpheum website at The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame is a non–profit society funded by donations from the public, from our tours and annual productions in the Orpheum Theatre.

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For more information, contact: Steve Duncan, Media Contact

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stars Return To Granville Street

In a formal ceremony in front of the Orpheum, brand new, brighter stars have been re-installed along Granville, Vancouver's Theatre Row. Several old plaques were lost and damaged as a result of recent major renovations on the street.
Here's a clip of the proceedings from CBC News:

Granville Mall walk of fame stars reinstallation

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pat Trudell Gone At 90

Well-known Vancouver performer and musician Pat Trudell passed away on July 2nd, 2009. Over the years, Pat appeared on many CBC Radio and Television programs including The Jack Cullen Show (Radio Special, 1954), Harmony House (1955-1956), A Hatful of Music (1960), and Come Listen Awhile (1963-1964).
Thanks to Jack Bennest for letting us know about this.

Follow the link below for a full biography:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gail McCance Passes Away

Born December 18, 1924 in North Vancouver, passed away peacefully June 16, 2009. Predeceased by brothers Jack, Larry, and Ed. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia, daughter Gaye, sister Terry, sister-in-law Joan and many nieces, nephews and friends. Gail will long be remembered for his work here and worldwide in theatrical design, TUTS, VOA, film, TV and also as a renowned Watercolourist. A memorial was held Saturday, July 4 at St. Catherine's Anglican Church, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to St. Catherine's Church or the St. Catherine's Liturgical Arts Group.

For a full biography, f0llow the link below.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Elizabeth Ball on the Commentary

BC Entertainment Hall of Fame president and former Vancouver City Councilor Elizabeth Ball talks to Joseph Planta about the latest group of honourees, and the induction ceremony this Sunday, 19 April 2009 at the Orpheum.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hall to Induct 10 New Members and 10 Pioneers!

Elizabeth Ball, President of the Board of Directors of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame today announced the names of twenty exceptional contributors to British Columbia’s rich entertainment legacy.

This year's new inductees are:

Michael Buble ~ Music
Nicholas Campbell ~ Televison/Film
Wendy Gorling ~ Theatre
Jurgen Gothe ~ Radio
Tom Harrison ~ Music
Fanny Keifer ~ Television
Terry McBride ~ Music
Bill Reiter ~ Radio
Gabrielle Rose ~ Theatre/Film/Television
Max Wyman ~ Dance

The following new Pioneers will officially be inducted:

Peter Rolston ~ Television
Jack Wasserman ~ Journalist
Harold Brown ~ Music
Barney O’Sullivan ~ Theatre
Ken Gibson ~ Television
Ernie Fladell ~ Festivals
Joy Metcalfe ~ Radio
Chuck Davis ~ Author
Babz Chula ~ Theatre
Maria Lewis ~ Dance

The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Pioneer Award is given to those special individuals who have moved the entertainment industry forward over a substantial period of time through their work with individuals or groups, in performance, design or technologies. Their contributions are unique.

All twenty entertainment legends will be honored at a ceremony on April 19.
Biographies will be added to the Hall of Fame archives in the near future.
For more information contact Steve Duncan at 604-788-8340 or email

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yo Yo King Gone But Not Forgotten

It is with immense sadness that we mark the passing of HARVEY LOWE on March 11th/09 - he was not only King of the Yo-Yo's, but most of all loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Born in Victoria, B.C. in 1918, Harvey lit up our world through nine decades and across three continents. He kick-started his childhood by winning the World Yo-Yo Championship held in England at the age of 13 and from there created a tremendous journey of a life - a journey which included World War II and being a radio broadcasting pioneer for CJOR (Call of China), a well known Vancouver Chinatown fixture and an "East-West" cultural bridge among many other accomplishments. Through brain tumours and by-passes, Harvey always turned back to his yo-yo's to heal him and remind us of the resilience, determination and joy that was characteristic of his life.

Harvey Lowe is no run-of-the-mill yo-yo player. In September 1932, Lowe won the World Yo-Yo Championship in London. To this day, no-one has ever been able to wrestle it away from him. But yo-yos are only part of the Harvey Lowe story. He's a Chinatown legend who had Canada's first Chinese radio show, a nightclub fixture from the '50s and '60s at clubs like the Marco Polo and the Smilin' Buddha, and a restaurateur who was involved with Chinatown hot-spots like the Bamboo Terrace, the Kingsland and the Asia Gardens. He was also the doorman at one of Chinatown's fabled gambling dens, taught Julie Christie how to smoke opium and was once a regular on the Smothers Brothers TV show.
His story could have been scripted by Hollywood, except few would have believed it. Lowe was born in Victoria on Oct. 30, 1918, the 10th child of Lowe Gee Quai and Ming Yook. His father was one of three brothers who set up tailor shops on Government Street in the 1890s. Through a bizarre immigration mix- up, all three were given the same English first name, Charlie, but were given different last names: Lowe, Hope and Wu.
A promoter named Irving Cook offered to take him to London, England, to promote yo-yos to a new market. With a tutor along to help him keep up his studies, the 13 year- old Lowe took the train across Canada, winning yo-yo championships along the way, and then sailed to England. His mother received $25 per month -- a fair amount during the Depression -- and Cook took care of all of Lowe's expenses. He won the World Yo-Yo Championship on Sept. 12, 1932 at the Empire Theatre in London, winning a prize of about $4,600 Cdn He remained in Europe until 1934.
It was an amazing time. He visited the Eiffel Tower so often the guards would let "the little China boy" in for free. His manager insured his hands with Lloyds of London (as a gimmick: his hands were only insured for a day), and he taught the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) yo-yo tricks. He kibitzed with stars like Fats Waller and Laurel and Hardy, drove around England in a car supplied by the Morris Company, and lived the high life. "I lived in the Savoy Hotel in London on the Strand. Oh, I was wearing a white tie and tails.
After the war, he bought a typewriter and started writing stories about China, which he showed to Jack Short at CJOR. He wound up doing a half- hour show, Call of China. It ran for 14 years. Jack Short helped him get the job! "It was broadcast in English every Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:30. We tried to deal with everything authentically Chinese. I might be talking about pagodas, and I’d do research on that. Between each segment I’d play a lot of Chinese music. There were more Canadian listeners than Chinese because the program was directed more toward them."I had planned for a Chinese program, but if a station injected a Chinese program with Chinese dialogue into their English schedule, they’d lose all of their audience."(from Saltwater City: An Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver by Paul Yee)
In the early 1950s he opened the Smilin' Buddha Cabaret on Hastings, and in the 1960s he was stage manager at the Marco Polo, one of Vancouver's coolest nightclubs. "I helped the owners bring in the Platters," he recalls. "The Fifth Dimension, I paid them $1,000 for the whole week and there were five of them.