Local musician’s driveway concerts nearing $50,000 raised for local charities

“I am absolutely shocked by the positive response I have received from all of this.”

When the opportunities to play live venues started drying up, Dylan Lock’s passion to perform had him thinking up ways to continue playing music for eager listeners. With the help of family and friends, he has been putting on a driveway concert series and five months in has almost raised $50,000 for various charities across Canada.

“I absolutely love performing and entertaining people and thought, well why not set up shop in my driveway,” said Lock. “I could play for our neighbours and hopefully lift some spirits.”

Posted by Dylan Lock on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Every Saturday night, Dylan Lock would set up in his driveway with the help of his wife Paige, sound man Gary, and drummer Jeff. Cameraman Steve would help capture and stream the event to Facebook and after just one show, they were delighted to see over 2000 people had tuned in and the donations had started flowing in.

Now, 20 concerts later, donations are nearing the $50,000 mark and other musicians, inspired by Dylan Lock, have begun their own driveway concerts to help raise money as well. Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman even stopped by to listen and pitch in with his own drumming skills.

Jeff Lehman rocks with Dylan Lock

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman joined Dylan Lock for a driveway performance a few days ago. Mayor Lehman played the drums on a couple of songs, including Bobcaygeon by The Tragically Hip. We’ve gotta say – this rocks!

Posted by Rock 95 on Thursday, July 30, 2020

One of Dylan Lock’s biggest fans is his neighbour, Marj Dubeau, who nominated (and would eventually go on to be selected) for RBC’s Random Acts of Canadian campaign that would see the concert series featured on the program’s website along with receiving a $500 donation to a charity of their choice.

Dylan lock will continue to perform driveway concerts and has also released a new original song over on his website. Tune in this Saturday, donate, and let’s help get donations to $50,000!


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