Turn back the time to the 1960’s when Vancouver had a vibrant supper club and night club scene. “The Cave” and Isy’s Supper Club hosted numerous big name acts from Las Vegas such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Chubby Checker, Della Reese, Bobby Darin, Kenny Rogers, Little Richard and the list goes on and on. The site for the induction was carefully chosen for a special reason as the prestigious Shangri-La hotel Vancouver sits on the original property where Isy’s Supper Club once shone like a beacon of night club entertainment. Judy Ginn Walchuk and Jim Walchuk performed at Isy’s Supper Club many times over the years.
The induction was conducted by BC Entertainment Hall
of Fame President, Rob Haynes, Past President Elizabeth
Ball and Vice President Chris Davies. The induction
followed with a “Mini Concert” given by the inductees.
Judy Ginn, as a young girl began her musical career
performing on radio, concert stages and television. In the
1960’s she had her first booking at Isy’s Supper Club and
that opened the stage door to supper clubs across Canada
and the USA. She recorded for RCA as well. Her brother
Jim, in the meantime was studying bass and guitar and
making a name for himself on the Canadian Jazz scene.
Both Judy and Jim became an opening act at the Cave
Supper Club for many “A” list celebrities. Soon, they were
flown to London and performed at the famous Playboy
Club, “Talk of the Town, the Hippodrome and they were
discovered by David Frost who invited them to sing at a
birthday party for Sir Noel Coward.
In Los Angeles they worked the Playboy Club and
performed 5 times on the Merv Griffith shows with Joan
Baez, Buffy St. Marie and Peter and Mary of Peter,
Paul and Mary.
They joined the Don Ho Show in Hawaii and later toured
the show to the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Judy and Jim
returned to Vancouver in 1976 and starred in their own
nationally broadcast CBC Television musical variety series,
“The Judy and Jim Show”. Following its second season,
they lived in Los Angeles to write and produce for many
well known artists. In the 90’s they returned to Vancouver
and still remain busy writing jingles, specialty material and
produce for artists in Canada and the UK. Both Judy and
Jim still perform live and record with their talented sister
Judy and Jim have always been songwriters first and
remained true to their art.