Bill Usher is a senior artist and cultural worker who moved from Toronto to Golden, BC in 2002. Throughout a 40+ year career as a musician, writer, performer and producer, Bill has received numerous awards including Gold & Platinum Records and three Juno Awards.
As a cultural worker, Bill has produced dozens of record albums, CBC Radio documentaries, and television shows. He's the co-author of two books and the writer / producer / performer of three plays. As a musician, he has performed and recorded with a who’s who of Canadian and American artists including Bruce Cockburn, Ronnie Hawkins, Stan Rogers, Willie P. Bennett, Sharon, Lois & Bram and Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch!
Bill has remained entrepreneurially active in the cultural industries working in both the private sector as the co-founder and managing owner of two record companies, the television series Troupers, and in the public sector as a strategic development officer at the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ministry of Culture (Ontario). Bill has served on the boards of the HR Council of Canada (Ottawa), ArtStarts in Schools (Vancouver), the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (Nelson) and the BC Arts Council (Victoria).
Since 2004, Bill has worked as the change agent for Golden District Arts Council aka Kicking Horse Culture to grow the Society from 35 Members and $50K in revenues to 700 Members and $530K and, in so doing, achieve two long-held community dreams: the creation of the Art Gallery of Golden and the $3.3m restoration of the Golden Civic Centre as Golden’s dedicated performing arts centre. Currently, as Executive & Artistic Director of KHC, Bill, his staff, and volunteers produce about four dozen community arts events annually.
In recognition for the role he has played in transforming Golden’s cultural life, Bill was awarded the Community Development Champion award by the Town of Golden in 2012. Bill was also awarded the distinction of Presenter of the Year by the BC Touring Council in 2014. ArtsBC named Bill Artistic Director for Creative Thinking in 2016.
Link to Bill’s résumé here.
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