Comox Valley Musicians

Comox Valley Musicians

One of the many virtues of the Comox Valley is its appreciation for arts and culture. Live music venues thrive, festivals have their time in the sun, and artists of all mediums make their home here. This year we celebrate our home grown musicians who have gone well beyond the Comox Valley to play for audiences around the world.

2018 Walk of Achievement Inductees include:

Helen Austin
Helen won a Juno in 2014 for Children’s Album of the Year, and is currently writing and performing with Big Little Lions, and musical partnership with American Paul Otten, also a Juno Award winner.

Phil Camparelli
Phil played guitar in 54-40 from 1983 until 2005.  In that time, the group received eight Juno nominations in a range of categories including Breakthrough Group, Alternative Album, Video and Rock Album.  Although the group did not take a win, 8-nominations is a significant achievement.

Doug Cox
Doug was recently inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame for his work as a music pioneer in BC.  Doug’s work as the Artistic Director of Vancouver Island MusicFest is known throughout the music world.

Trent Freeman
As a member of the Fretless, Trent won a Juno 2017 award for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Sarah Hagen  
Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has performed in concert halls and has been heard on broadcasts throughout North America and Europe. Awarded as Ontario Contact's 2017 Artist of the Year and the British Columbia Touring Council’s 2015 Artist of the Year, and mentioned by The Guardian (Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014, her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive" [University of Waterloo Gazette], ”played flawlessly” [ReviewVancouver] and “with great sensitivity and heart.” [Vernon Morning Star]

Sue Medley
Sue won a Juno in 1991 for Most Promising Female Vocalist.  Sue has also garnered 5 West Coast Music Awards, 3 SOCAN Awards, and most recently, won Best Pop/Rock song at the Vancouver Island Music Awards in 2015.   

Sarah Neufeld
As a member of Arcade Fire, Sarah has won both Juno and Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 2011.

Kenny Shaw
Well known entertainer, comic performer and musician, singer and Vancouver Island event celebrity, Kenny was inducted into the BC Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 after winning Entertainer of the Year 14 times.

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We'd like to acknowledge the Comox Valley Echo (Judy Hagen, Hunt For History) and the Comox Valley Record for their research and articles about these Comox Valley Walk of Achievement Honourees.

Pattern Canada is pleased to support the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement with financial assistance in developing this website.

Special thanks to Bruce McPhee whose support enabled us to create this website and the Honouree signage along Fifth Street in Courtenay, BC.