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Bronze star on Granville for Spirit of the West

A Nanoose Bay musician is stoked about getting a plaque on Vancouver’s Starwalk.

Spirit of the West’s Vince Ditrich has been the drummer for more than 30 years with his band.

He said being honoured with a bronze star on Granville Street in Vancouver is a highlight in his musical career.

The musician who calls Nanoose Bay home said he doesn’t know exactly where the star will be except that it is destined for Theatre Row. The band that became Spirit of the West began as a folk trio called Evesdropper in Vancouver nearly 30 years ago.

13 albums later, they have achieved status as one of the most beloved Legacy Artists in Canadian history.

Having toured Canada, the US, UK and Europe consistently, building a dedicated following of fans from all over the world they band has proven themselves to be road-worthy and durable and Ditrich said for that they get a monument stuck in the sidewalk.

“Its extremely cool … we are quite pleased about it,” he said.  The band is also being inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at the annual Spirit of the West show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on March 15.                                — Brenda Gough

 

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