Legendary Vancouver bandleader Dal Richards was named B.C's "Hepcat Laureate" as the sweet sound of the Big Band era echoed through Robson Square Ice Rink today during his 95th birthday celebration and concert preview.
Today's birthday celebration gave Lower Mainland music enthusiasts of all ages a taste of the swinging style of Richards' orchestra as Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan named the swing icon British Columbia's "Hepcat Laureate" on behalf of the people of British Columbia.
Richards' new accolade is just the latest award in a long line of honours, including memberships in the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He is a shining example of a senior citizen continuing to pursue his passion and still working to improve his community. A fixture of B.C.'s cultural stage, he was born in Vancouver in 1918. His professional career began in 1940 and continues to the present day with concerts scheduled around the city in January, including with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 13.
The Dal Richards Orchestra will be performing again at Robson Square Ice Rink on Jan. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of the ongoing, free, weekend concert series. The concert and skating will be free with your own skates. Skate and helmet rentals and a concession stand are available at the rink.
Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan -
"Mr. Richards is a true B.C. icon, and this award and celebration are just small tokens of appreciation that we can show him, thanking him for seven decades of music and community involvement."
Ministry of Citizens' Services and Open Government