The contributions Don James has made to Powell River’s arts and cultural community are literally music to people’s ears, so it’s natural they’d sing his praises. It began with the International Choral Festival Don launched three decades ago, and which continues as a major event and significant source of pride today. He founded the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, served as a juror for the Juno Awards and the CBC’s National Choir competition. His establishment of the Powell River Academy of Music forges opportunities for further generations of musicians. All of Don’s efforts have made Powell River a cultural capital for British Columbia and the world.