Battle of the Dad Bands rocking at Saturday Tour de Rock fundraiser

Battle of the Dad Bands rocking at Saturday Tour de Rock fundraiser
Big Font is one of three participating in this year's

They may look like a mild mannered guitar playing bike shop owner and a newspaper scribe, but Bill Fry and Jack Knox are ready to rock out Saturday night as part of their dad band, Big Font.

They’ll be playing with CHEK’s Ed Bain, along with other band members Andy Dunstan and Alex Yelovatz, as part of this Saturday night’s epic Battle of the Dad Bands, which is fundraising for this year’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock.

Other bands competing include Not 4 Public Consumption and Last Night in Vegas.

“It’s fun. It’s just, you know, you hear about old guys going to hockey camp, fantasy camp? Well, this is rock and roll fantasy camp for old guys, and it’s just a lot of fun,” said Knox. “But it’s also fun for a good purpose.”

The Big Font members met while riding in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, which raises money for childhood cancer research.

And from there, rock royalty was born.

“We met up in Ed’s basement one day and started playing music together, and did our first fundraiser together in Ed’s backyard,” Fry said.

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The Tour de Rock had made an impact on these rockers, and they wanted to give back.

It’s a big helping hand, the organizer of the Battle of the Dad Bands, Tristryn Ranger, says.

Ranger survived childhood cancer at 16, and knows the impact of fundraisers like this one.

“I was at B.C. Children’s for about nine months, in and out of the hospital. Mostly in. All throughout, we had all sorts of support, Canadian Cancer Society being a big one,” Ranger said.

Funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, Camp Goodtimes in the Fraser Valley allows children with cancer and their families to be themselves.

“I’ve worked at Camp Goodtimes for the last three years, volunteering there and being a camp counsellor for some of the kids there. So it’s been a lot of fun,” Ranger said.

For one night only at the Capital Ballroom, and for just $30, you can be part of making dreams come true.

Tickets are available online at and doors open at 7 p.m. on June 8 at 858 Yates St.

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