55th Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

Due to the increased need for help, our Variety Show of Hearts will be presented this year in an all-new format with the goal of raising even more money for BC’s kids with special needs.The 3-day event kicks off on Thursday, February 18th on Global News Morning followed by Global News at Noon and Global News Hour at 6 continuing with the same schedule on Friday, February 19th where you’ll get to meet some of the amazing kids you helped in 2020. You will then meet more kids when our 55th Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon airs on Saturday, February 20th from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm immediately following Global News at Noon.

Returning to the stage will be Global BC hosts Chris Gailus, Sophie Lui, Kristi Gordon, Neetu Garcha, Paul Haysom & Kaitlyn Herbst as well as 980 CKNW’s Jody Vance. Joining them will be Show of Hearts favourites Howard Blank, Alvin Law & Marco Pasqua along with Variety Youth Ambassadors Esabella Strickland, Mihai Covaser & Janelle Milne. And making his Variety debut this year will be Mo Amir, host of the popular podcast, This is VANCOLOUR.

Throughout the three days, you’ll see your donor dollars hard at work when you’ll be introduced to children who have been helped by Variety … kids like 5-year-old Emiliano from Delta who received a standing frame and leg braces. These pieces of essential equipment not only help to support his lower extremities and promote his spinal alignment but they also prevent further deformities from occurring.

Last year’s Show of Hearts raised $5,515,238 to benefit children with special needs province-wide. Donations can be made by calling toll-free at 310-KIDS as well as online at variety.bc.ca or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

Featuring Entertainment

This year’s entertainment line-up will feature Special Guest legendary songwriter and music producer, David Foster who last appeared on the Telethon in 1992. In addition to winning sixteen Grammy Awards, David has also won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe while earning three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song”. Born in Victoria, the Canadian icon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013. Joining David will be singer and American Idol alum, Pia Toscano.
And making their Show of Hearts debut will be everyone’s favorite Canadian rockers, Loverboy.


Show of Hearts Sponsors

Become a Monthly Donor

Caring for a child with special needs isn’t something parents prepare for. By joining our Monthly Giving community, you can help ensure that we are always there when families need us most. Donating monthly allows Variety to take a planned, long-term approach to making a lasting impact in children’s lives. It also means lower administration costs so that more of your dollars go directly to the children and families we help. Sign up to become a Monthly Donor today and receive your very own Variety Therm-O Tote Insulated Grocery Bag!

Volunteer Opportunity

We need your help with making thank you calls to our generous donors … all done from the comfort of your home.
Thank you calls are an important part of the work we do at Variety – the Children’s Charity. Each call helps us stay engaged with donors and shows our genuine appreciation for their contribution. This volunteer position will be responsible for making 200 thank you calls to Show of Hearts donors from your own home. We are looking for volunteers for the month of March.
  • Before starting you will be expected to complete a donor confidentiality agreement waiver and return it to a Variety staff member by email.
  • You will be making calls using the TELUS Business Center app on your personal smartphone from your home. You will have a Variety staff member to contact should you experience any issues.
  • You will receive a password-protected, time-stamped list of donors to call.
  • You will use the script provided but feel free to adapt it to suit your style.
  • You will take notes on the calls made and the details of the call, such as telephone numbers, or pertinent information, and email it to a Variety staff member.
Please note: Volunteers must have a smartphone that is able to download an app to use on Wi-Fi for the calls. Call lists will be provided via Google docs. You must be comfortable using Google docs.
Call hours:
You can complete your assigned calls during the following time frame:
Days: March TBC dates
Weekday hours: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm – (Please do not call during dinner time from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
Weekend hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please click on the HERE to sign up as a Volunteer or contact Aly Karim at aly.karim@variety.bc.ca

Robert Bateman's Poster - 2020 Edition


This year for a minimum donation of just $169, you’ll receive Robert Bateman’s stunning Autumn Overture – Moose poster. For an additional charge, donors will also have the opportunity to have their poster framed by GS & Company with a portion donated to Variety!

Monthly donors who are at $35/month or who increase to this level are also eligible to receive a poster after five (5) months.

Sunshine Coach


Our Variety Sunshine Coaches are so much more than transportation. They provide a sense of community, belonging and security to the many children that use them each day. One of Variety’s most cherished and enduring programs, the Variety Sunshine Coach Program provides transportation to organizations that provide education, recreation & therapy to children with special needs. This year, we’ll be revealing a new Variety Sunshine Coach … our 610th Sunshine Coach. Donate a minimum of $1,047 to Variety’s Freedom Grant Program and your donation will be recognized on a Variety Sunshine Coach!

About Show of Hearts

The Show of Hearts has been an enduring legacy for the entire 55-year existence of Variety – the Children’s Charity in British Columbia. Proceeds from the annual broadcast event on Global BC have helped countless children with special needs.

Donations can still be made online or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

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