Show Of Hearts Kicks Off With Follow Your Heart – Todd Richard

Without giving too much away, we’re so excited to share Follow Your Heart with the world on Feb 12! Todd Richard and Jeff Johnson’s creation has become an unofficial anthem for Variety BC, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Variety’s history is steeped in entertainment, so when Todd Richard and Jeff Johnson approached us with a song they’d written just for Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC, we were naturally excited! We had no idea how far the song would go, but what sparked as an idea and a 20 minute songwriting session with Todd and Jeff has become a country music hit being heard all across Canada, thanks to the hard work of Todd and his team (not to mention his lovely wife, Sylvia!).

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Todd now resides in BC where his distinct, refreshing style is enjoyed by many. A semi-finalist in CBC Music’s Searchlight with multiple  BC Country Music Award nominations, two albums under his belt and numerous singles to country radio Todd has been busy building his growing fanbase of TR Rebels and “Frands”. He’s shared the stage with many of country music’s best acts, including Dwight Yoakum, Dierks Bentley, Gord Bamford and rock legend Randy Bachman to name a few.

Todd will be performing Follow Your Heart at 9:30am on our 51st annual Show Of Hearts Telethon with backup support from Shylo Sharity, Mary Zilba, Emily Chambers and Tiana Lefebvre. The song is available for download on iTunes for $.99 and all proceeds go directly to help the kids of Variety BC! Audiences first got a teaser at Variety Week – we can’t wait to share the song with all of you from the hallowed stages of the Hard Rock Casino!

Follow Todd on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, download Follow Your Heart on iTunes, watch the making of Follow Your Heart and more.

Tickets to the 51st annual Show Of Hearts are available for free, online at: bit.ly/ShowOfHearts17. Download Follow Your Heart on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/FYH2017

Thank you Todd Richard for your support, and to Jeff Johnson of Baileyway Entertainment (co-composer), and Rob Smith at Royalty Records, and all the many stars who lent their time and talent to help the kids of Variety BC!

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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 accept 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