The incomparable Owen Underhill has been awarded the "first-ever" Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Music Centre in BC (CMC) during their 2017 CMC Gala Fundraiser and concert. The award is well-deserved, in our opinion, and we suspect, since Owen is a very busy, prolific person, it will likely not be the last such honour he's yet to receive. Here's how the CMC paid tribute to him:
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 previously served as Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts and Dean Pro Tem of the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology.