Gary Fjellgaard’s star shines bright, lives on, with induction into BC Entertainment Hall of Fame

Bruce Mason

Submitted Article

Tuesday, October 10 2017

The long, rewarding career and discography of singer-songwriter Gary Fjellgaard are cherished by thousands of fans, in hundreds of towns, across Canada, and around the world. Especially those who follow roots and country music. And particularly by his fellow residents of Gabriola Island, home for he and his “life-long love,” Lynne, since 1983. It’s here they raised four daughters and based a remarkable, highly successful life in music.

Fjellgaard has earned BC’s highest entertainment honour for a “significant contribution to the province’s entertainment industry and cultural landscape.” The recognition includes a coveted star on Granvillle Street’s sidewalk and photo in the historic Orpheum Theatre lobby. 

Gary Fjellgaard with five of his great grandchildren celebrating Gary Fjellgaard’s induction into BC’s Entertainment Hall of Fame on Sept. 23. 
Photo courtesy Christina Potter

StarWalk inductees are nominated by their peers and honoured by the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame as, “individuals who have enhanced the province’s cultural profile, both locally and on the world stage.”

A Juno Award winner – who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 – Fjellgaard has released more than a dozen highly regarded albums, including three with long-time friend, and fellow Gulf Island singer-songwriter, Valdy. 

Valdy says: “Gary Fjellgaard is my poster boy; still writing and touring as an octogenarian, still caring deeply about solid performance. We’ve been touring together for two decades, still ‘Contenders,’ with a fire and passion that remains spirited, in every show. For the secret of show business success, look no further than Mr. Gary Fjellgaard; he’s the dude in the ‘hood’.”

The BCEOH notes: “Fjellgaard is a champion of vanishing values and frontier spirit. His Western heritage – growing up on a farm in the Canadian prairies, cattle drives, wagon treks and living among working folks with ties to the land – has been an inspiration for the lyrical imagery in his songs. With his finger-style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals and colourful stories, Gary takes his western roots music to the people with a rare sincerity.”

To find Fjellgaard’s star, take a walk along Granville street in Vancouver, look outside the Orpheum, where one can also find the star of Gabriola’s legendary theatre figure, Antony Holland.