Artist with deep Chilliwack roots wants your vote

Leonard Hodgins entered his song, Dropped, into the CBC Searchlight competition for 2015

Leonard Hodgins of Chilliwack is competing in CBC's Music Searchlight.

Leonard Hodgins, 33, has been around music most of his life.

The Chilliwack musician who works as “quality assurance supervisor” is continuing down that melodic road. He has recently entered his original song, Dropped, in the CBC Music Searchlight competition for 2015.

Hodgins is looking for support now in the way of online votes from fans, friends and family, as voting continues until April 13 in the Searchlight hunt to find “Canada’s best new artist.”

Hodgins grew up in Yarrow, travelled around and played in several bands, but is performing solo these days, and working on material for a new album.

“I’ve always felt that if I do it own my own, I’ll have no one to thank or blame but myself,” he writes on his website.

Hodgins joked that he’s so drawn to music, he might have been conceived to a Supertramp song. His dad was a big fan of the band. At different times in his life, he’s played the piano as well as drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitar. Now he’s working the production side of things as well, as well as writing new music.

“I’m always writing something new and trying to evolve as an artist.”

He’s also delving into his family’s local history.

“I have strong Chilliwack roots, as my great-great-grandfather, William Hodgins, donated the land for the Chilliwack hospital,” he said, adding that the roadway later became known as Hodgins Avenue.

Winner of the CBC Searchlight competition is awarded $20,000 in Yamaha gear and a spot on a high profile music showcase stage.

“The record is melodic – an acoustic driven ensemble with a fresh bite of electricity, providing original flavour to the generic modern rock world of the new millennium,” according to the contest submission.

Check out his tune, Dropped, on the CBC Music site,!/artists/The-Leonard-Hodgins-Endeavor or hit the link at with a click to vote until April 13. The song he submitted, Dropped, is off his 2003 CD, Songs for Yesterday, by the Leonard Hodgins Endeavor, his solo act.

“Thanks in advance for all the support,” he added.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police watchdog investigating after Abbotsford man seriously injured during arrest

Abbotsford police used ‘less lethal firearm’ and dog in arrest of man believed to have gun

NDP wants Chilliwack-Kent MLA removed from BC Liberal caucus for alleged homophobia

BC Liberal leader, some MLAs apologize for Christian magazine ads but Laurie Throness doubles down

New youth housing in Chilliwack comes with wrap-around supports

The 16-unit building on Mellard Avenue will be for youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of it

PHOTO: Chilliwack photographer captures incredible image of Comet Neowise

Comet that’s visible to the naked eye will be easiest to see on July 23

Upper Fraser Valley RCMP re-open community policing offices

CPOs have been closed for weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but re-opened Tuesday

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. health officials pleased with likely extension of Canada-U.S. border closure

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the situation is ‘very serious in the United States’

‘Perfect storm’ led to bad year for mosquitos near Fraser River

High river levels and lots of rain meant many eggs hatched this year

South Surrey mom frustrated by city’s response after son, 10, has severe reaction to park grass 

City of Surrey parks manager says ‘potential steps’ to address concern under review

Thousands of dollars of stolen rice traced to Langley warehouse

Police raid seizes $75,000 in ‘commercial scale’ theft case

Children suffer swollen eyes, burns while playing at Lower Mainland spray park

Mission RCMP are investigating incident that injured several children

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Most Read