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.


Fred Lee
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 Stephen Quinn 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 is a regular contributor to Vancouver Luxury Living and Vancouver Magazine. He has contributed to the National Post, and BC Business.

A tireless volunteer, Fred has held numerous roles chairing various organizations, and sits on countless fundraising committees. He is a mentor to many and continues to give of his time and expertise to many organizations. He currently is a board member of Chor Leoni, and advisory member for UBC’s CampOUT, a summer leadership camp for LGBT youth and their allies. Fred was a juror on the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards, Courage to Come Back Awards and Association of Fundraising Professional’s Giving Hearts Awards program. His contributions have been cited in many arenas, including the National Post’s Worthy 30 list. Fred is recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Charity Champion Award, recipient of an AccolAIDS Award in Philanthropy, and a recent inductee in the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame as a Friend of the Industry. 

When not gala-vanting, he is  the Director of Alumni Engagement. Serving in a leadership role at alumni UBC, Fred and his colleagues lead efforts to meaningfully increase engagement and build influence among UBC’s community of more than 325,000 global alumni. In 2016, the Development and Alumni Engagement portfolio completed its highly successful Start an Evolution campaign, a historic effort that raised more than $1.6 billion in philanthropic support and engaged more than 130,000 alumni.

Sonia Deol
Global BC Reporter and Anchor

Sonia Deol has a B.A. (Hons) Humanities and 17 years of broadcast experience as an anchor on both radio and television. After hosting shows on commercial radio and television, she was handpicked in 1996 by the BBC to anchor shows on both a regional and national level. Highlights include covering the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, and extensive coverage of both the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions by the U.K. and U.S. She has interviewed many politicians and world leaders, as well as those from the world of business and entertainment.

Sonia is described as an incredibly versatile anchor having hosted entertainment shows, politics and chat shows as well as the BBC’s flagship Breakfast Show. During her time, she won many awards for ‘Best Presenter’ and ‘Best Female Presenter’ in the U.K. Sonia has also emceed many corporate events, fashion shows, charity shows and live events.

Sonia moved to Vancouver in 2011, leaving the BBC behind for love in B.C.! She is married and has a three-year-old daughter. After a short career break to enjoy motherhood, Sonia returned to the screen making her debut on Canadian television as an anchor for CBC Vancouver. A few months later, she joined Global BC.

When she is not working, Sonia enjoys spending quality time with her husband, daughter and friends. She loves exploring British Columbia, going boating, hanging out on the beach and going for walks along the Seawall. Her favourite local trip so far has been going on road trip from Vancouver to Osoyoos for a wine tour!

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