Bhangra superstar Jazzy B., who earlier this year made history as the first South Asian to be inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (BCEHOF), will be officially inducted at twin ceremonies set to take place on Saturday, September 17 in Vancouver and Surrey.
There will be a StarWalk unveiling of Jazzy B.’s star on BC Walk of Fame along the starry and hip Granville Street corridor at 2 pm on September 17 in downtown Vancouver.
The afternoon ceremony will be followed by a formal reception taking place at Surrey’s Crown Palace Banquet hall that same evening, where the BCEHOF officials will officially induct the international Bhangra superstar into the Hall of Fame by presenting him with a framed certificate and a pin.
Once inducted, Jazzy B. will join elite company of artists being honoured this year which includes legendary television-film star Michael J. Fox, 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.
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 is a long time friend and supporter of Jazzy B.
Dubbed by The New York Times as the “Michael Jackson of India,” Canada’s Jaswinder Singh Bains (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.
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 the historic Orpheum Theatre upper lobby and Pioneer Star members are acknowledged on the Orpheum Lobby Honour Plaque.
In a press statement, Jazzy B said, "I truly feel blessed and honoured to be getting this great recognition from my home province, where I truly honed my craft and from where I started on my musical journey.
"I'm here as an artist because of my mother tongue Punjabi, which is the essence of my music. I could have never imagined getting such an award and it is indeed my language and my fans who I'm humbly thankful and forever grateful."