We have now had official word from Barney Bentall on behalf of the whole crew with the Cariboo Express Show: the 2020 season the tour has been postponed till 2021.
I know how difficult this decision must have been, as Barney has always been so passionate about performing with this incredible ensemble cast and supporting the recipient charities as they tour. In good faith, we’ve booked our Fall 2021 Cariboo Express Shows at the Mary Winspear Theatre, and hope to see all of you who have been so loyal to the show and its recipient charity, The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, when the show returns once again in full forc
To all of you wonderful supporters and promoters of Barney Bentall and The Cariboo Express...
I am sure that it comes as no surprise to anyone who is reading this, that we have had to cancel this year’s season. When a tradition starts to take hold, it’s a hard thing to take a year off. We are musicians that love to play in this rambling and magical ensemble! It is also difficult to not be able to provide our continued support to all the remarkable Western Canadian charities that we have become involved in over the last 15 years. Particularly at a time in history when so many folks have so many needs. I also recognize, that it is a time of high anxiety out there and I like to think that this show has always provided some joy and relief from the everyday worries that we have to wade through - even in the best of times. Take care everyone and we very much hope to be back in the saddle in 2021!
Barney Bentall Leeroy Stagger Geoff Hicks Geoff Hillhorst
Dustin Bentall Wendy Bird Rob Becker Mark LeCorre
Matt Masters Kirby Barber Scott Smith Glenn Masikewich
Ridley Bent Adrian Dolan Stephanie Cadman
Along with many of you, we watched Dr. Bonnie Henry as she issued the latest directive for summer in BC.
While disappointing, we were ultimately expecting this: there will be no large community gatherings this summer.
We simply don't have enough community immunity yet to come together in large groups. And so it is with great regret but strong resolve that we are formally postponing the 2020 Brentwood Bay Festival and our summer series of Music in the Park until 2021.
We respect the direction set by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and the provincial government. As we have been told, our ability to hold community events depends on ALL of us respecting those basic instructions: wash your hands, social distance and stay home as much as possible.
And that resolve? That as a community, we navigate these unprecedented times until the day arrives that we can come together once again as a community. We have a special celebration in Pioneer Park on standby when the situation changes; until then, stay safe, stay home and stay well.
We are very grateful to our community sponsors who support the Brentwood Bay Festival! . The logos above are the community sponsors who have come together to help us bring our big day to fruition! Our Presenting Sponsors and Friends of the Festival can be found on the sponsor page. Be sure to check them out too!
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For years we have dreamed of having a permanent stage in Pioneer Park, and thanks to the hard work of people like Geoff Bate, this dream came true. For a complete list of our community donors, volunteers & sponsors who made this happen click here