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Variety - the Children's Charity is pleased to present the all-new Show of Hearts telethon on Global BC. The 51st annual broadcast will be a jam-packed 8 hours of corageous stories, joyous celebrations, and live performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, including Dallas Smith, Dan Mangan, and The Washboard Union.

Tune in to Global BC for full coverage both on-air and online via livestream on  

With your support, Variety is there to provide direct help to families with kids who have special needs in communities all across BC.

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

Together, we can be there when a family needs us the most.

2017 Performers:

Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan is a Vancouver-based two-time JUNO award winning & two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter.  “Oh Fortune”, Mangan’s JUNO Award-winning third album debuted on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart at number nine.  Winner of the 2015 SiriusXM Indie Award for Alternative Artist/Group Of The Year, Mangan was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Score for Simon Pegg's film “Hector and the Search for Happiness”.  

Dallas Smith

Platinum selling country star Dallas Smith released his third studio album “Side Effects” in the fall of 2016.  Smith’s past awards include the 2015 JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year, the 2015 CCMA Award for Album of the Year, and the Sirius XM Indie Award for Country Artist of the Year in 2013.  His latest single “Autograph” reached #1 on the Canadian Country Radio charts, his second single to reach the number one spot. 

The Washboard Union

The Washboard Union is an award-winning sextet out of Vancouver led by principle members Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe, and David Roberts.  Winners of 2 Canadian Country Music Association Awards in 2016, The Washboard Union was also nominated for 8 BC Country Music Association Awards for 2016, including Songwriter, Video, Fans Choice, and Group/Duo of the Year.  Their song “Shot of Glory” was the highest charting song for the band - number 5 on national radio and the 9th most played country song for 2016.   

Angela Kelman

BCCMA Hall of Fame inductee, Angela Kelman is a Canadian Singer, Teacher, Author and Kids’ Entertainer.   Best known as lead singer in the Juno and multiple award winning group, Farmer's Daughter, Kelman has written and recorded the popular children's sing-a-long books, "Frank The Cat", "Disco Dinosaurs" and "Funky Monkey".

About Show of Hearts

The Show of Hearts Telethon has been an enduring legacy for the entire 50-year existence of Variety - The Children’s Charity in British Columbia. Proceeds from the annual broadcast event on Global BC have helped fund organizations like BC Children’s’ Hospital, Canuck Place, and Neonatal Intensive Care Units in hospitals all around BC, while also directly helping countless families and children with special needs.

The 2017 Show of Hearts will take place on Sunday, February 12. This year’s new one day format is inspired by a changing landscape of philanthropy, and is designed to be more impactful, more efficient, and more appealing to a new generation of donor.

“We want to tell stories that will reflect the core purpose of Variety: To inspire donors to help all children who have special needs in BC and the Yukon to fulfill their potential, so they can focus on the important things – like being kids,” said Variety BC Chief Executive Officer, Kristy Gill.

“This past October, we kicked off the Telethon season with the first ever Variety Week, where British Columbians got to meet amazing kids like Johannes, Drake, Oliver, and Ella, whose remarkable spirits inspired an overwhelming outpouring of support. Telethon will allow donors to witness the power of their contributions in action as we catch up with these families and introduce more incredible kids whose lives have been impacted by Variety.”

As it always has, the Show of Hearts will bring together donors from communities all across BC in a province-wide show of support.

“As we enter our 51st year, our humbling and awe-inspiring history provides us with the foundation needed to be bold and innovative, as we look forward with renewed enthusiasm and excitement for the next half century of helping families and children with special needs,” said Gill. “I hope those who have supported us at the telethon for years and decades will tune in to Global BC on February 12th, and I’m especially excited to welcome those who will give for the first time.”

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