Randy Bachman
Randy Bachman

Randy Bachman

It was a sold-out rocking evening gala dubbed “Koffler Rocks” featuring pop, rock and R&B performances with Canadian indie sensation, The Sadies, Melanie Fiona and the one and only Randy Bachman (of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who fame, of course) . What a memorable night to benefit the Koffler Centre of the Arts. The evening was hosted by New York Times best selling author, Michael Wex.

Taking place on a perfectly gorgeous, warm and sunny May evening at the Wychwood Barns, attendees were treated with a dinner reception and premium host bar.  There was also a silent auction including a Randy Bachman autographed guitar.  Donors who contributed $5,000 and up were treated to a private reception with exclusive photo opportunities with Randy Bachman. Performance tickets cost only $100.

Everyone sang along to the rock classics that Randy Bachman performed including Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. Then indie rockers, The Sadies,,  brought out a fast-paced alternative country rock set followed by some vocal prowess delivered by Grammy award-winning R&B singer, Melanie Fiona.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Koffler Centre of the Arts which aims to bring people of all backgrounds through arts and culture. The Koffler Gallery, a part of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, has a history of exhibitions of Canadian contemporary art and interdisciplinary programs in film, literary, music, dance, theatre and more.

Special thanks to Simmie for connecting us with a great evening!

Randy Bachman’s set list:
Tambourine man
Like a Rolling Stone
Sweet Caroline
I’m a Believer
Breaking Up
You Got a Friend

Simmie and her son

Simmie and her son




Dessert featuring chocolate lava cake, key lime pie and strawberries

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona


Nick, Randy Bachman, Mona Filip (curator, Koffler Gallery), Tanya Hsu

Nick, Randy Bachman, Mona Filip (curator, Koffler Gallery), Tanya Hsu

The Koffler’s mission is to bring people together through arts and culture to create a more civil and global society. Our unique mix examines the arts across different disciplines and cultures in a way that strengthens identity while encouraging an appreciation of difference.

To learn more visit kofflerarts.org.

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