Lifetime Achievement Award

The Canadian Music Centre in BC recognizes the extraordinary contributions to Canadian music throughout the province with its Lifetime Achievement Award program each year during our Gala Fundraising Concert.

2017: Owen Underhill

Awarded on March 8, 2017

It is impossible to overstate Owen Underhill’s contribution to the musical life of Vancouver, to the province of BC, and to the cultural fabric of the nation itself. He is a prize-winning, Juno-nominated Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre; a celebrated and highly innovative Artistic Director of Turning Point Ensemble, renowned for deeply-researched and visionary programs; as a conductor he is acclaimed by the musicians he works with, having conducted well over 150 premieres by Canadian composers; and he is a highly respected professor of composition at Simon Fraser University, where he currently serves as Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts, and was recently Dean Pro Tem of the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology.