From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, Colin James has quietly and steadily established himself as one of Canada’s greatest musicians.
For his 18th album, Blue Highways, Colin pays tribute to some of his long time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell to name a few. In the spring of 2015 after wrapping up his Hearts on Fire Tour, Colin was loving playing with his band and really happy with the sound they had created on stage.
What better time to make a record! Especially the record Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favourite blues tracks. In less than a week Colin was recording in The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver and in just two days, Blue Highways was born.
CBC, Vancouver Courier and The Province’s Man About Town
Fred Lee’s fabulous sense of humour and unique style makes him our ‘Man About Town.’ The Social Butterfly steps out with Rick Cluff every Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition to share all of Vanhattan’s A-list happenings, red carpet parties, must-attend galas and fabulous fundraisers. Fred’s weekly social column ‘Fred UnLEEshed’ appears in the Vancouver Courier Thursdays and his ‘Fred Lee’s Social Network’ column appears every Sunday in the Province Newspaper.
Fred, along with fellow CBC colleague Margaret Gallagher, hosted the national CBC Radio One food show Flavour of the Week. Fred has also contributed to the National Post, BC Business, TV Week, Vancouver Magazine and PINQ.ca. When not gala-vanting or globetrotting, Fred is the Director of Alumni Engagement at the University of British Columbia. Fred has also served on numerous committees and community initiatives. He is currently a board member with Chor Leoni and is on the community advisory for UBC’s CampOUT, a leadership summer camp for LGBTTQ youth and their allies. Fred was recently inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.