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David Foster at the CHILD Great Canadian Achievement Gala and the Opening of Red Squared on Granville

Sep 6, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Grammy-award winning musician David Foster, who is the mastermind composer behind great singers like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Olivia Newton-John and Michael Buble, headlined Saturday's Great Canadian Achievement Award ceremony at Coquitlam's Red Robinson Theatre. Benefiting the CHILD Foundation (CHildren with Intestinal and Liver Disorders), Foster took to the stage with Red Robinson and Terry David Mulligan to entertain one of the most prestigious audiences ever. VIPs, movers and shakers, like BC Bearings' Wendy McDonald, legendary bandleader Dal Richards, and Great Canadian Casino CEO Ross McLeod, all paid between $600 - $1,200 a ticket to be part of the first ever awards night that honoured Dr. Brandt C. Louie, CEO of London Drugs. Foster then took the opportunity to introduce some of his new up-and-coming talent who wowed everyone by singing some of his most famous movie theme songs. Foster, who has also composed themes for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and more, makes no bones about the fact that he would like to be asked to compose for Vancouver 2010. Don't worry David, I'd be totally shocked if that invitation isn't already in the mail. Also, a big shout out to the gang of Red Squared on Granville on their big vodka blowout opening night party. Proving that you really can have too many friends, the Russian-themed restaurant/bar was packed and was literally busting at the seams with well-wishers who formed long, communist-style bread lines just to get a glimpse of all the action. Power to the people.

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davidfoster_CHILD-5803 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Red Robinson, left, for whom the theatre was named, plays host alongside CHILD Foundation chairman and Order of B.C. recipient Grace McCarthy and guest James Fierro.
davidfoster_CHILD-5804 Retired MP John Reynolds and wife Yvonne bring greetings from Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the David Foster evening.
davidfoster_CHILD-5810 BC Minister Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Kevin Falcon, left, Former Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths and Senator Larry Campbell get ready to see the show at the Red Robinson Theatre / David Foster night.
davidfoster_CHILD-5811 Canaccord sponsor and CHILD VP Mike Rogers, right, shares his table with his family, namely son-in-law Christian Jarvis, left, daughter Vanessa Jarvis and wife Leslie.
davidfoster_CHILD-5812 Peter Legge, left, Chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media, presents the first ever Great Canadian Achievement Award to friend Dr. Brandt C Louie, CEO of London Drugs and president of H.Y. Louie Group.
davidfoster_CHILD-5814 Composer/musician David Foster, centre, introduces Cody Karey and Tiffany Desrosiers to the audience to sing the duet "The Prayer". They receive a standing ovation for their beautiful voices.
redsquared-5799 Red Squared owner Charles Zuckerman celebrates opening night with singer Ingrid Hakanson, left, and DJ Sarah Hannah.
redsquared-5800 Co-owners Dave Sarich and Andre Garrison cuddle up with artist Jude Kusnierz at the opening of Red Squared.



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