Get off the Bus Concerts came about through the vision of Joe and Fatima Bamford, owners of HALJOE COACH. After a long and varied career in the music and entertainment industry Joe thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to do some concerts in Parry Sound with some people who have traveled on our buses over the years?” Inspired by his daughter, Jenn, who fundraises relentlessly for several organizations in her hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick, Joe and Fatima realized the importance of giving back to their community so decided to turn their concert idea into fundraisers for charities. They held their first Get off the Bus Concert in the summer of 2011 in Parry Sound with Newfoundland comedian, Jimmy Flynn, in support of the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation and have never looked back.
Since that first concert, Joe and Fatima have held many Get off the Bus Concerts in Ontario, Florida and New Brunswick including such artists as Jann Arden, Blue Rodeo, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to name a few. To date, Get off the Bus Concerts has raised over $100,000 for charity. They are currently planning even more Get off the Bus Concerts in support of worthy causes throughout Canada and the US.