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Steve Bell Quick Facts

  • raised in musical, recording and touring family, learning to play guitar in Drumheller Prison when he was 8 years old (father was a federal prison chaplain)
  • member of Winnipeg’s acclaimed Elias, Schritt & Bell in early 80’s and active in Winnipeg’s studio and night-club scene throughout the decade
  • since 1989 has independently released 18 solo CDs with combined sales of over 300,000 units
  • CDs have been awarded 2 JUNOs, with another two nominated
  • CDs have won 2 Western Canadian Music awards, numerous Covenant and Prairie Music awards including Producer of the Year  in 2002
  • since 1989 has performed over 1500 concerts to over a half million people in 15 countries including Ireland, Bulgaria, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Poland, and throughout the US and Caribbean
  • symphony concert has played to sold-out and capacity crowds in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Burlington, Ottawa, Saskatoon,  Nashville and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Massey Hall
  • advocacy work has raised significant support for organizations like World Vision, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and Compassion Canada
  • recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to select Canadians who have “made a significant contribution to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the previous sixty years.”
  • recipient of the WSO’s 2013 Golden Baton Award
  • recently released 18th career album Pilgrimage (Sept.15/2014), an ambitious 4-disc box set of new and retrospective material that includes a separate book
  • subject of independent documentary titled Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey, released Sept. 2014 by Refuge31 Films
  • currently writing a series of e-books titled PilgrimYear, featuring meditations on the ancient spiritual tradition of the Christian calendar year

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