SURREAL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY FURTHER PROOF NARDWUAR IS A VANCOUVER ORIGINAL

Free, all-ages event described by one parent as ‘Fred Penner on acid’

Mayor Kennedy Stewart showed up at the Commodore to proclaim Sept. 29, 2019 as “Nardwuar Day” in Vancouver. (Photo Jennifer Van Houten)

On Sunday, Sept. 29, close to 700 people showed up to celebrate one of Vancouver’s wildest and weirdest.

It was the public induction ceremony into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame for journalist/musician/radio host Nardwuar the Human Serviette, and it happened on a sunny afternoon in the dark and hallowed Commodore Ballroom.

Just outside, between the Commodore and the Orpheum, you’ll find Nardwuar’s newly embedded star in the concrete on Granville Street’s star walk.

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When I showed up just before the doors of the Commodore opened at noon, the lineup to get in stretched all the way down Granville and around the corner onto Smithe.

Upon entrance, in the first of what would be an afternoon of surreal sights and sounds, attendees were greeted by a glistening ice sculpture of Nardwuar.

Seemingly everyone had to stroke it and feel it to confirm it was real.

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