Steve Edge and Linda McRae
Steve Edge and Linda McRae
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
Founded in 1992, The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization 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.
“The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is proud and excited to present a very diverse and impressive group of inductees this year who represent artistic excellence in British Columbia”, stated Rob Haynes, President. “The Pioneer Inductees are those who have left an indelible mark on BC’s entertainment landscape and we are delighted to induct Steve Edge and Linda McRae into the Hall”
The awards will be presented before a concert with Linda McRae and Thad Beckman, commencing at 8pm.
Steve Edge was born in the United Kingdom and spent his formative years there. His early interest in music ran the gamut of everything from Django Reinhardt and Duke Ellington to Fairport Convention and the JSD Band. He was involved in booking entertainment at college. Steve first came to Canada to visit relatives in 1979 and ended up moving here permanently in 1981. His day job was computer programming when he started producing a radio show, The Saturday Edge on CiTR Radio in 1985. It continues to this day. After being exposed to all of the great music at Expo 86, he was inspired to start presenting music himself in 1987. He started with a series of shows at the Savoy Club, and then the Railway Club. The Rogue Folk Club was born. Before long, the club was (and still is) presenting an impressive 50 shows a year. He built up a reputation for presenting quality folk, Celtic and world music acts while keeping the ticket prices as low as possible. After using primarily The WISE Hall, as well as many different venues from The ANZA Club and to The Commodore Ballroom, in 2004 the permanent home for the Rogue Folk Club became the St. James Hall. Recently, Steve become a key figure in the struggle to keep the venue from the wrecking ball of condo developers. In February 2016, it was announced that the home of The Rogue Folk Club and many other non-profits had been purchased by The City of Vancouver.
Linda McRae is a Canadian born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has built a following through amazing albums and a tireless international touring schedule. Though perhaps best-known by many for her eight-year tenure as a member of the platinum-selling band Spirit of the West, Linda had already raised a daughter and performed for more than ten years with west coast punk and roots outfits before joining that band. Performing on banjo, guitar and accordion her warm and world-weary voice, unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make McRae a captivating and sought-after artist. Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre and California’s New Folsom Prison, where she performs and facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. These experiences lead to the creation of her Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented in detox centres, alternative schools, and youth and adult correctional facilities across North America. Linda’s last album Shadow Trails, released to great critical acclaim, was produced by Steve Dawson, another former Vancouverite now living in Nashville.