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Photo courtesy of Eleanor Collins Personal Collection.

Eleanor Collins was a groundbreaking performer in

Canadian entertainment history. She was a CBC Radio

and Television singer and performer in the 1950s and

1960s. Fondly known as “Vancouver’s first lady of jazz,”

Eleanor is one of our Canadian entertainment pioneers.

After making her television debut on CBC Vancouver’s

innovative variety show,

Bamboula: A Day in the West


(the first Canadian television show with an inter-

racial cast and the first live music TV show broadcast

from Vancouver), the CBC, impressed with her talent,

gave Eleanor her own national show (

The Eleanor Show


making her the first woman in Canada and first Black

entertainer in North America to host their own national

television show. Canada has not been shy in thanking

Eleanor for the contributions she has made to her coun-

try. Eleanor has been honoured with multiple awards

over the years, including UBCP/ACTRA’s Sam Payne

Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2014, on the

occasion of her 95th birthday, Eleanor was made amem-

ber of the Order of Canada in recognition of her pioneer-

ing achievements as a jazz vocalist, and for breaking

down barriers and fostering race relations in themid-20th

century. Still a vibrant spirit, our remarkable Eleanor

will be 99 years old this year!




75 years

of Canadian Storytelling

This year ACTRA

is proudly celebrating

75 years of outstanding

Canadian performances,

75 years of contribution

to our Canadian identity and

75 years of advances

in protecting performers.