LOVERBOY WINS THE BRUCE ALLEN/SAM FELDMAN LEGEND AWARD FOR 2013
It was a special night in the music industry in B.C. Canada’s Loverboy won the award for contributions and achievements in the music industry in Vancouver. VMI, Vancouver Music Industry’s Mike Fraser and Jeff Dawson hosted the event which drew many industry greats.
Bruce Allen presented the award, boasting how Loverboy had sold nearly 20 million albums worldwide. He described how he reacted to hearing their sample cassette back in 1979 and quickly signed them and had their first show booked opening for KISS at the Pacific Colosseum. Doug Johnson remembered , as did Paul Dean and Matt. They had not even played as a band in front of an audience yet. The rest is history. They are Loverboy. Absent from the awards was Mike Reno. Mike was recovering from recent knee surgery. We wish Mike a speedy recovery. I missed him. Also missing was the late Scott Smith, Loverboy’s original bass player. The band continued with the addition of Ken ‘Spider’ Sinnaeve. A long time friend from the Streetheart days. Have to keep the music Alive. Yeah Baby!
The other winners this night was Ron O. Vermeulen of the John Vrtacic memorial award and this years first Unsung Hero award to Patrick Zulinov. All well deserved. All nominees were also well deserved. All have been so important to Vancouver’s music industry.
The crowd was having a fun night. Raising money for charities in Music Heals and The BC Music Charitable Foundations. Music heals , I Know. Poker , money wheel, raffles and the auction of great swag was used to raise money this year. Everyone had a great time.