Dal Richards to get street named after him in Vancouver

Motion brought forward by councillor Melissa De Genova to name a street after the late music legend Dal Richards passed unanimously on Wednesday.

Motion brought forward by councillor Melissa De Genova passed unanimously on Wednesday

Dal Richards, left, and Lorraine McAllister with the Chris Gage Trio on CBUT’s “Meet Lorraine” ca. 1958. The City of Vancouver passed a motion to name a Vancouver street after the late band leader. (Alvin Armstrong/CBC)

Vancouver city council has passed a motion on Wednesday to name a street or another city asset after the late music legend Dal Richards.

"I was a fan of Dal Richards and he was also a dear family friend. I have very special memories of Dal as a person, and also as a musician, including his performance at my wedding," said Coun. Melissa De Genova, who put the motion forward.

"He was a special person and his legacy will live on for future generations through his music." 

The long-time Vancouver band leader died New Year's Eve at age 97.

City staff will report back to council on options for a place that could be named after him. 

"I'm looking forward to hearing back from staff on the options they will identify, and working with the family and stakeholders to find a street or place where Vancouver will be reminded of Dal's contributions to our city," said De Genova.

The motion was seconded by Vision Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal and passed unanimously. 

Over the years, Richards was honoured many times. His awards include the Order of Canada, the Order of B.C. and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. He was also an inductee of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.

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