Fans celebrate Diamond

Paying tribute to this music giant is Jason Scott and his “Diamond Forever – a Celebration of Neil Diamond.”

  • Oct. 9, 2013 7:00 a.m.
Jason Scott

Jason Scott

From Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood, through the turbulence of the 1960s and on into the 21st century, the songs of Neil Diamond continue to attract new fans.

Paying tribute to this music giant is Jason Scott and his “Diamond Forever – a Celebration of Neil Diamond.”

“Neil Diamond has recorded his music so many times, and changed it so much, that interpreting that music can in itself be an art,” says Scott, creator and performer of the one-man live stage extravaganza that will take place at the Sicamous Legion. “When you look at Neil Diamond’s history and career of six decades, you realize the music and the possibilities of that music are unlimited.”

A songwriter, composer and performer, Diamond’s music has a universality and timelessness that appeals to people of all ages.

The proof of this is in the audiences, with new fans added every year, says Scott.

Scott’s own musical resume is impressive. He began attending the Toronto Conservatory of Music at the age of five, achieving first-degree honours by age 15.

Scott toured extensively with nightclub and concert bands in his 20s, and in his 30s was a recording artist signed to a Canadian record label, artist, writer and performer.

Scott was the first Canadian performer to win the “Be a Legend” celebrity tribute artist competition as Neil Diamond in 2005 at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In September 2010, Scott won the Best Platinum Showcase Award by the Sunburst Convention of Celebrity Tribute Artists. The next year, he took second place in the second annual Vegas Tribute Artist competition and was invited to open for the headlining “Country Superstars” show at the Golden Nugget Showroom in Vegas.

The show takes place in the hall at the Sicamous Legion at 8 p.m. Tickets at $15 in advance include a spaghetti dinner with Caesar salad and are available at the Sicamous Legion or The Happy Corkers, or $20 at the door  – no dinner included.