Banff or Bust!

Hi Folks! If you’re thinking you’d like to take in a couple’s getaway, you may want to consider this Banff retreat I’m singing at:

You might’ve seen my recent blog post, Romancing the Stone, about my wife Nanci and I…. and no, the blog title is not to suggest my lovely wife is a stone 🙂

Nanci and I - 28 years ago

Just before Valentine’s Day, we set out on a small getaway. We really needed that time to reconnect. Both our lives are so busy and I’m on the road so much. Sometimes, emotional distance builds even though there is no conflict to warrant it. One of my songs says, “Darkness is an unlit wick / a simple spark could vanquish it.” Those few days were golden.

That’s why this event (below) is particularly close to the heart.


Me n' Neal
Me n' Neal

I’ll be playing at a couples retreat in Banff, Alberta, from April 30th through May 2nd. It turns out that a childhood friend of mine, Neal, is part of the team who’s hosting it (FamilyLife Canada). Neal and I were best  boyhood buddies from age 5 – 12 until my folks moved from Alberta to Manitoba.  We lost contact with each other and only reconnected a few years ago when Neal and his wife June showed up to a concert of mine in Nanaimo B.C.  It is so interesting to reconnect after all these years and now, to be part of a joint project.

Neal called me up and told me about this event, called Weekend to Remember and asked if I would be a part of it. It’s for couples looking to strengthen or renew their marriage, and it’s designed to help those with good marriages and those who are struggling.

Initially, I wasn’t too sure.  I’m not normally one for these kinds of events but I’ve heard nothing but good things – and it is organized and led by dear friends I trust.

On a recent trip to Southern California, I met up with friends Greg and Shelley Leith who will be the keynote speakers. I had to admit to them that I was skeptical about  “couples retreats”  but Greg only laughed and promised me it was a great event, and it was not what I thought.   No-one would be forced into public touchy-feely awkwardness. I made him pinky swear – which he did – and everyone knows a pinky swear is binding 🙂

So check it out – It’s also a cool opportunity  to meet some of you in a personal setting.


I’ll be performing a several times throughout the weekend as part of the conference, but I’ll also be giving an exclusive concert on Saturday, May 1. Concert tickets for conference attendees will be 50% off.


FamilyLife Canada has arranged for a bunch of other discounts to make this retreat even easier on the wallet…

…And I just found out that my I can offer anyone on my mailing list  $80 off the couples’ registration rate. Just use Promo Code BELL when you register. (btw – I don’t make more money the more people attend. I’m just happy to pass along the deal that has been made available.)

We’ll be at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and it’s a spectacular place. The surroundings are breathtaking and the price is exceptional, thanks to Neal and Greg’s team of event organizers.

So if this is of interest to you, check out All the details are there.

Maybe see you there! It’s going to be fun.


P.S. If you would like to pass the discount on to your friends, become a group coordinator at When 4 couples register in your group, they’ll all save $80. Plus, you’ll receive FREE registration for you and your spouse!





3 thoughts on “Banff or Bust!

  1. Hi Steve,

    Fiona and I have registered for the conference in Banff – and we have invited lots of friends to jjoin us at the group rate. Thank you for your e-mail yesterday letting us know about it.

    We want to go to your concert there – but you website does not have the option to purchase tickets fro that concert – or indicate what the regular cost for it is or the 50% off cost for conference attendees. I’ve tried finding it a number of times – but it is not there – yet – so wanted to let you know so that you can get it corrected.

    We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing you again at the end of this month!

    Take care and God bless,

    Martin & Fiona Topp (Tsawwassen, BC – members of St. John’s Shaughnessy/Vancouver Anglican Church)

  2. I am registered for the Banff conference and can’t find any link to buy tickets for that concert at a 50% discount or at any price at all! I would appreciate more info. Thanks.

    reply from Steve: Debbie, I’ve sent the organizers your question and asked them to clarify. I’m sure there is no reason to worry that tickets won’t be available, but it would be nice to know what the costs are.

  3. My Wife and I were at the Conference and we want to Thank You for the Gift and the Blessing of having you perform and talk with us. You are a GIfted Performer and a credit to your Faith. May God Bless you Always!

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