DESIBUZZbc Founder And Award Winning Journalist R. Paul Dhillon And Punjabi Music Impresario Bobby Nagra Nominated Jazzy B. For This Great Honour!
“This is a great honour for Jazzy who is well deserving but it’s an even bigger honour for the wider South Asian community who have collectively made a great contribution to the arts in BC,” said R. Paul Dhillon, adding that he and his co-nominator Bobby Nagra and the Man with the Plan – the Oracle – are thankful to the BCEHOF committee for honouring a true pioneer in the Desi music scene in BC and abroad. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-fusion-generation-feature-film/x/14252270#/
By PD Raj
VANCOUVER – Bhangra superstar Jazzyt B. has made history as the first South Asian to be inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame as the organization announced its 2016 BCEHOF inductees Tuesday morning.
Jazzy B. will join elite company that includes legendary film and television star Michael J. Fox as the five new StarWalkStars and 13 Pioneer Stars, who will join the 275 plus previous inductees who have been recognized for their significant contribution to the province’s entertainment industry and cultural landscape.
The BCEHOF is divided into two prestigious categories: StarWalk and Pioneers. The StarWalk inductees are individuals who have enhanced the province’s cultural profile, both locally and on the world stage. The 2016 StarWalk honorees are: Jazzy B. Michael J. Fox, Marcus Mosely, Hal Beckett and Joe Keithly, who will also receive stars on the BC Walk of Fame along the starry and hip Granville Street corridor.
Jazzy B. was nominated for the prestigious honour by DESIBUZZbc founder and Award Winning Journalist R. Paul Dhillon (editor of the South Asian LINK) and Punjabi Music impresario Bobby Nagra, who has long time friend and supporter of the international Bhangra music star.
“This is a great honour for Jazzy who is well deserving but it’s an even bigger honour for the wider South Asian community who have collectively made a great contribution to the arts in BC,” said Dhillon, adding that he, Nagra and the Man with the Plan – the Oracle – are thankful to the BCEHOF committee for honouring a true pioneer in the Desi music scene in BC and abroad.
Nagra said: “We are truly humbled by this honour and I just spoke to Jazzy and he is very excited that his home province has recognized him in such a big way with a Star on BC Walk of Fame. It’s a proud day for our community.”
Dubbed by The New York Times as the “Michael Jackson of India,” Canada’s Jaswinder Singh Bains, more popularly known as Jazzy B, is heralded for introducing a fresh new image to the world of Bhangra music. Since his smash debut album, Gugian de Jorra, hit the streets in 1993, the transatlantic superstar has released 11 top-selling studio albums, sold out arenas around the globe and become one of the most important singer/songwriters on the modern Punjabi music scene. He remains committed to his roots, supporting various charitable causes in Canada and India, and each year headlines the Surrey Fusion Festival in his local community of Surrey, BC.
The Pioneer inductees are those who have left an indelible mark on BC’s entertainment landscape and this year include: Musicians: George Calangis, Sharman King, Tom Lavin, Ian McDougall, Linda McRae and Tab Shori,Dancer: Renee Cherrier.
Producers: Rai Purdy, Steve Edge and the Filippone Brothers, Directors, Crawford Hawkins, Diane Loomer and Carole Tarlington
“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”, stated Rob Haynes, President BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, “We look forward to scheduling and celebrating their individual inductions at various high profile events over the coming months honouring their contribution.”
StarWalk Star members are recognized with a featured star in the walk of fame on the Granville Street sidewalk in downtown Vancouver and in the StarWall photo Gallery in thehistoric Orpheum Theatre upper lobby and Pioneer Star members are acknowledged on the Orpheum Lobby Honour Plaque.
The first induction will take place on May 26th when Michael J. Fox will be inducted at a private gala dinner. Other individual induction ceremonies will take place in venues around British Columbia that best reflect the artist and their talents.
BCEHOF is proud to acknowledge these outstanding individuals with appreciation and to ensure their work is recognized for its importance and value.
Founded in 1992, the BCEHOF honours past or present BC residents who have had an outstanding impact on the province’s entertainment arena, whether performing live or working tirelessly behind the scenes. To date, more than 275 performers, producers, agents, broadcasters, managers and patrons have been recognized on Granville Street’s StarWalk in downtown Vancouver or in the historic Orpheum Theatre’s lobby.
For further information visit: www.bcentertainmenthalloffame.com.