For the past 10 years Barney has been bring together a dozen or more musicians to create an incredible touring show across western Canada. Every show is a fundraiser for a different charity. It conjures feelings of a simpler, down-home good time, celebrates community and music and contributes to worthwhile causes and charities. A variety of Canadian musicians grace the CE stage each year, and each song is performed by a different lead or collaboration; introduced with a unique and humorous monologue scripted by Bentall and co-host Matt Masters. The cast of popular musicians from the Canadian indie scene also features special guests of Canadian musical fame in each different locale. Joining Barney on the tour is Dustin Bentall, Ridley Bent, Wendy Bird, Matt Masters, and more. The Gold Rush Allstars make up the backing band for the whole event, and are a tight team of renowned players, including Rob Becker, Geoff Hicks, and more.
Music in the Bay:
A small offshoot of the BBCA called Music in the Bay, we present occasional indoor concerts and events such as the Cariboo Express.
For the past 9 years, we have been presenting this tour de force and raising money for our local food banks. Last year we raised just over $26,000.00 for the Sidney Lions Food Bank. In the past 8 years, we have raised over $117,000.00 for these charities!
We raise funds for the food banks through song sponsorships. A business pays a minimum of $300 for a monologue written by Barney or Matt Masters, his cohost. If you are interested in becoming a song sponsor, email us.