Barney Bentall’s back

Rocker returns to Brentwood Bay for concert to benefit summer's Music in the Park event

Barney Bentall

Barney Bentall

After wowing local audiences for the past five years with Barney Bentall’s Grand Cariboo Opry, Barney Bentall is back in concert to help fund Brentwood Bay’s Music in the Park.

“We’ve hosted Barney’s Cariboo Opry for the past five years and sell out each year,” said Leslie Gentile, artistic director for Music in the Park. Those events have raised more than $3,700 for local food banks.

The upcoming show will be very different from the Cariboo Opry, where a dozen or more musicians share the stage. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Eric Reed, this show will feature Bentall’s hits, from the early days of the Legendary Hearts to his latest releases, Gift Horse and The Inside Passage, in a stripped down, acoustic concert.

“This will be an amazing opportunity to hear Barney’s songs pared down and clean,” Gentile said. “The power of his songwriting really comes through.”

The funds raised by the concert will help back other artists to perform in the summer music series in Brentwood Bay.

“Music in the Park is completely financed by the members of our community – from the grant-in-aid from the Central Saanich municipality, to local businesses who sponsor performers, to the little kids who buy popsicles from our stand. Music in the Park is completely community driven,” Gentile said. “We need to rebuild our funds for the coming season, and given the current economy, we are aware that it is harder for businesses and families to donate each summer. We want to continue offering the same great level of entertainment.”

Brentwood Bay’s Music in the Park runs on Wednesday nights for seven weeks in July and August in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay.

Bentall will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at Friendship Community Church, 7820 Central Saanich Rd.

Tickets are $22 and are available at Breadstuffs Bakery and the Dollar Den in Brentwood Bay as well as online through Eventbrite, with a link on www.brentwoodbay.info.

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

Just Posted

The City of Victoria filed a petition with the Supreme Court of B.C. March 2 to have it clarify whether, under the Trustee Act, Beacon Hill Park can be used for temporary sheltering. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria asks court to clarify if Beacon Hill Park can be used for sheltering

City of Victoria filed petition to Supreme Court of B.C. March 2

The application proposing to rezone Western Speedway was passed by Langford’s planning, zoning and affordable housing committee Feb 8. A petition has since been started by residents of Trudie Terrace, hoping to stop the proposed residential portion of the development plan. (CBRE Victoria)
Petition opposing Western Speedway development proposal gains steam

Save Thetis Heights Neighborhood petition aims to stop extension of Trudie Terrace

Activists from the Fairy Creek Blockades hold the injunction application notice which was submitted by logging company Teal Jones to the B.C. Supreme Court. The application, which asks to have blockaders removed from the sites that stop access to cut blocks, is set to be heard on March 4. (Photo contributed/Joshua Wright)
Activists hunker down to protect Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew from logging

Forest company Teal Cedar applies for injunction to remove seven-month-old blockades

Boma Brown won the Emerging Leader Award for her work founding the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour. (Courtesy of Boma Brown)
Victoria SNIWWOC founder up for national women’s award for volunteer efforts

Victoria’s Boma Brown is a semi-finalist in the running for the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth award

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

.
LETTER: Anti-semitism definition lacking

Re: We must identify anti-Semitism and combat it (Online, Feb. 26) I… Continue reading

The victim of the homicide on Cowichan Lake Road early Monday morning was 17 years old, and was stabbed in the incident. (File photo)
Duncan homicide victim was 17 years old

RCMP report that teenager was stabbed

(File photo)
RCMP arrest man after report of gun-toting threat-maker near Parksville schools

43-year-old man taken into custody; students at nearby schools were asked to stay inside

The machines are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. (CANADIAN PRESS)
Feds dole out $3.5M for ‘vending machines’ to dispense safer opioids in B.C.

The machines are located in four cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria

Kelowna’s lakefront visitor centre is one of 130 around the province. Tourism businesses have been hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions on travel. (Destination B.C.)
Tourism, small business getting COVID-19 help, B.C. minister says

$300M grant program has delivered $50 million so far

Most Read