Blue Rodeo Show to Help Parry Sound Health Centre for Locals and Cottagers

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When veteran country rockers Blue Rodeo perform their hit songs like "Try," "Hasn't Hit Me Yet,"  "Bad Timing" and tracks from their new album, 1000 Arms, on June 9 at the Bobby Orr Community Center in Parry Sound, Ontario, not only will they make the audience feel good, but they'll actually be doing good for the local community.

That's because the concert deep in Ontario's cottage country will support the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation thanks to the visionary work of show promoters Get Off The Bus Concerts.

Owned and operated by Joe and Fatima Bamford, the former owners of tour bus service Haljoe Coach, Get Off The Bus Concerts' motto is "Great concerts for great causes."

Operating in and around Parry Sound, Ontario as well as north-eastern Florida where the couple split their time, the Bamfords use these concerts to raise money for worthy causes throughout Canada and the U.S. To date, Get Off The Bus Concerts has raised over $200,000 for charity. The Bamfords say it was their daughter Jenn, who does frequent fundraising work in her hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick, who inspired them to promote their own shows.

Tickets for Blue Rodeo's show are $72 to $97 (plus HST) and can be purchased at, The Stockey Centre Box Office - 1-877-746-4466 or

“We are a small community with an enormous cause, ‘Keeping Hospital Care Local’,” said Lynne Atkinson, executive director & corporate secretary for the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation, in a statement. “Government cutbacks means donations are critical to buying hospital equipment. The Get Off the Bus Concerts have raised $133,647 for equipment purchases. That alone is significant. But these concerts have done more. Through Joe & Fatima Bamford’s efforts, we have reached many more people in our community and brought hundreds more to our important cause.”

The West Parry Sound Health Centre operates six nursing stations, which offer primary care to the people who live in remote areas and would otherwise not have easy access to primary care. It also opened the first Native Healing Room in a hospital.  "While this has been adopted elsewhere, the room remains a sanctuary where the six surrounding first Nations can practice their own rituals around health and death," the press release states.  "Equipped with its own ventilation system the room easily adapts itself to smudging ceremonies and other important procedures." The West Parry Sound Health Centre also created the Palliative Care Suite within the Health Centre for an initial donation of $30,000 from the Parry Sound Rotary.

Joe Bamford is a particularly well known figure in the Canadian music world. In addition to running the coach service, he also helped manage the likes of The Kings, Glass Tiger, Leslie Spit Treeo and The Headstones in the past.

Get Off The Bus's other upcoming events include shows with Poco, Kansas, Pavlo and a theater run of Menopause The Musical.

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