The Grand Cariboo Opry and Barney Bentall bring their uplifting

Bentall promises rip-roaring fun

Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry is a rip-roaring fun night of music and community

Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry is a rip-roaring fun night of music and community and will be presented at the Tidemark Theatre by Vancouver Island Musicfest on Nov. 21.

A treasured tradition in British Columbia and beyond, this one-of-a-kind variety show brings concertgoers together to support various charities across western Canada.

In 2013 the Opry expanded beyond the long-running Vancouver and Victoria/Saanichton shows to include appearances in Sooke, Winnipeg, Bragg Creek and Edmonton. This year, the Opry will grow a bit more with a show in Campbell River in addition to returning to all the cities from last year’s tour. Each Opry show benefits a different local charitable organization, and over the past nine years the multi-artist event has raised more than $250,000 towards several worthy causes.

The Grand Cariboo Opry is a highly entertaining show, hosted by Canadian music icon Barney Bentall, with an exceptional roster of friends and guests including Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Kendel Carson, Matt Masters, and the occasional special guest. Between songs, Bentall and cast blend humorous and sentimental monologues to showcase sponsors amid a heartfelt set of roots, folk and rock favourites.

It’s a highly engaging show that celebrates community through music, laughter, and a real hootenany of a party.

Vancouver Island Music Fest is proud to invite one and all to these musical celebrations with the opportunity to give back to the community.

Showtime at the Tidemark Theatre is 8 p.m. Tickets for this 19-plus show are $37 plus fees and are available online at www.tidemarktheatre.com