Variety’s 51st Annual Show Of Hearts Telethon is Back With Dan Mangan, Dallas Smith, The Washboard Union, and more

The 51st Show of Hearts on Global BC will pack a punch with moving stories, joyous celebrations, and performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, jammed into eight hours of entertainment.

Broadcast live from the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, Global News BC will air full coverage of the one-day telethon from 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. both on-air and online via livestream on Globalnews.ca.

British Columbians will be treated to an energetic line-up of engaging hosts from Global BC, Rock 101, CFOX World Famous, and CKNW AM 980, as well as live entertainment from Dallas Smith, Dan Mangan, and The Washboard Union to name a few.

“We could not be more excited about the quality of performers who have graciously agreed to be a part of the show and help us raise funds for families who have children with special needs,” remarked Variety BC Chief Executive Officer, Kristy Gill. “We want our audience to meet some of our kids, and learn about how Variety supports families all across BC, but we also want them to have fun and enjoy a great show.”

Show of Hearts viewers will experience updates from children introduced during Global BC’s first ever Variety Week, and then meet those families live at the Hard Rock Theatre – children such as Drake, who was granted custom orthotics, Oliver, who was granted speech therapy, and Johannes, who was granted a brand new wheelchair.

Viewers will also be reintroduced to Variety children who were highlighted in past Show of Hearts telethons, to see where they are now, and what they’ve been able to accomplish thanks to donations to Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Donations can be made online at variety.bc.ca, toll-free by phone at 310-KIDS, or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,


Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC