Friday, June 1, 2012

Delightful Dal

Presently the home of Uprising Bakery, this structure was built in 1910. As you can see, it also houses the Sandon Apartments.
I decided that the story of Dal Richards deserved to be continued today. So here are some more facts about this gentleman.

Richards is the lyricist of 'Roar You Lions Roar', which is the fight song for the BC Lions football team.

In 1985, Dal was awarded the Tourism Vancouver’s Man of the Year award. He is a member of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame having been inducted in 1994.

In 1995, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

The 14-piece band of Dal's plays daily at the Pacific National Exhibition. The Chantel Lounge at the Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam features the Dal Richards Combo frequently.

Dal has been featured in two national television documentaries and his biography "Big Band Boom" won a silver medal at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival in Chicago in 1990. The show "What Legends are Made Of", that features the Dal Richards Orchestra, has been aired numerous times on the television stations Bravo and CTV.

He is an active volunteer with the Variety Club and in 1993 he was given their highest honor, the Heart Award, and Variety Club International’s Presidential Citation Award.

2003 saw Dal being awarded the Order of British Columbia and the year before he was given the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Dal Richards holds numerous local awards including Vancouver's Civic Award of Merit, which he was awarded in 1994.

In acknowledgement of his many years as musicial director of the half time shows, Dal was inducted into the BC Lions Wall of Fame.

In 2010, Dal was given the honor of carrying and running with the torch in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. He took the torch as it arrived in Vancouver. He was chosen by Mary McNeil, MLA for Vancouver False Creek and the Minister of State responsible for the Olympics and ActNow BC.

Richards was the Grand Marshal of the 100th Anniversary parade of the PNE.

There are so many sites to thank today. First of all Dal Richards website; Wikipedia;Jazz Elements;the Canadian Encyclopedia and the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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