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A Day Late and a Dollar Short – Promo Kit

A Day Late and a Dollar Short has a goal is to leave audiences 100% entertained with their up-tempo traditional Bluegrass Music. Three-part Harmony vocals are combined with red hot acoustic instrumentals and on stage humor to keep their fans hooked.

Winners of the OMA 2006 Bluegrass Band of the Year and the BC Bluegrass Association 2005 Band of the year, they have played to sellout crowds at most every concert.

Together since 2004, the boys boast a total of over 200 years of musical experience between them. Converging here in Kelowna, the band members hail from all over Western Canada. Gene Bretecher on banjo originates from Winnipeg, Manitoba, as does Ron Hillcoff on bass. Vic Ukrainetz on fiddle started out in Saskatchewan, Bob Bissillion and Darrell Corbel hail from Alberta while Jack Kinakin is a Kelowna, BC boy, born and bred.

One of their goals has been to increase the exposure of Bluegrass music to new people. Building on the recent rise in Bluegrass Music popularity brought on by the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” they have drawn new audiences to the bluegrass scene through sold out performances at Bunches Bistro, the Creekside Theater in Lake Country, The Mary Irwin Theater in Kelowna, the Centre Stage Theater in Summerland and the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Through the sale of their CD “Live,” the sale of the single “Highways,” contributions from performances, and individual donations, the band has raised over $50,000 to support Cancer Research and Cancer Care. Funds are endowed with the Central Okanagan Foundation, Daryl Cochran Legacy Fund, with earnings from the fund going to the BC Cancer Foundation in Kelowna.

Bob Bissillion – Guitar & Vocals

Bob Bissillion the leader of the group and relative newcomer to bluegrass, has been playing guitar for over 42 years. Starting in Calgary, his first professional appearance was at the age of 15 when he hooked up with Calgary’s Mr. Banjo, Johnny Thorson and played on the same stage as Roy Warhurst and Ray Griff. In 2001, his wife bought him an inexpensive 5 string banjo thus took the first steps into bluegrass. A three month trip to the Smokey Mountains that fall was all it took to get him hooked. Bob now sings lead vocals, plays rhythm guitar and provides comic relief.

Darrell Corbel – Guitar & Vocals

Darrell Corbel caught the music bug in Medicine Hat, Alberta playing with his mom and dad and uncles and aunts. Learning guitar at the age of 13, this largely self-taught musician explored rock, country, folk and especially bluegrass. He learned how to read tabulature and music theory, how to fingerpick and he played in many local talent shows. Darrell experimented with the banjo, mandolin, bass guitar and piano and by grade seven he was singing harmony and lead. He has shared the stage with the Heritage Singers and the King’s Herald quartet. Darrell is currently a professional music/choir teacher and is a past director of Chordial Invitation, Kelowna’s Barber shop Chorus. Adding to lightening fast guitar flat picking, Darrell sings both lead and harmony vocals.


Vic Ukrainetz – Fiddle, Mandolin & Vocals

Vic Ukrainetz started his musical career on the piano at the age of 5 but soon switched to the fiddle and guitar. Playing in various dance bands in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta he now leads one of Kelowna’s top groups called “The Dance Band”. Vic is a BC Fiddle judge and sought after instructor. He has performed in many shows and is on a number of recordings including his own fiddle album titled “My Dad’s Waltz”. He has shared the stage with Tommy Hunter, Peter Dawson, and Calvin Vollrath and has performed with the Sunshine Theatre. Now into bluegrass in a big way, Vic’s fiddle, mandolin and harmony vocals are a welcome addition to A Day Late and A Dollar Short.

Ron Hillcoff – Bass & Vocals

Ron Hillcoff is a man of many talents playing electric and upright bass, guitar and mandolin. Originally from Winnipeg, Ron started playing guitar in the early ’50’s in dance bands, blues combos, big band orchestra’s as well as bluegrass groups. Ron has played with such notables as Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Fred Turner, Ronny Profit and also the George Jones band in Nashville. Along with his musical talents Ron adds harmony vocals and a humorous twist to the group.

Jack Kinakin – Dobro

Jack started playing at about 14 years of age, mostly guitar and banjo. He was self taught relying mostly on listening to records over and over “until it made sense to me.” Growing up, he played in a family band for weddings and club dances and also played with other groups to help fill in on drums and bass. He casually played a Dobro over the years as banjo was his main instrument. He got serious about the Dobro in 2000 and it’s been his main focus ever since. Listen for some of Jack’s lightening fast breaks in the music – quick, clean and tasteful.

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT Fact Sheet and Performance Summary


  • OMA 2006 Bluegrass Band of the Year
  • BCBA 2005 Bluegrass Band of the Year


Creekside Theatre, Lake Country October, 2004 – SOLD OUT
Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna June, 2005 – SOLD OUT
Centre Stage Theatre, Summerland June, 2005 – FULL HOUSE
Bunches Bistro, Kelowna November, 2005 – SOLD OUT
January, 2006 – SOLD OUT
February, 2006 – SOLD OUT
March, 2006 – SOLD OUT
April, 2006 – SOLD OUT
March, 2007 – SOLD OUT
Creekside Theatre, Lake Country November, 2006 – SOLD OUT
Creekside Theatre, Lake Country January, 2007 – SOLD OUT (Bluegrass Gospel Concert)
Osoyoos Winter Carnival February, 2007 – Full House
Kelowna Community Theatre October 28th, 2007 – Full House (650 People)
Osoyoos Winter Carnival February 24, 2008 – Full House
Powerhouse Theatre, Vernon March 15, 2008 – Full House
Rutland Centennial Hall April 15, 2008 – Fund Raiser
Creekside Theatre, Lake Country June, 2008 – Full House
Whatshan Bluegrass Festival, Whatshan Lake July, 2008 – Outdoor Concert
OK Corral, Kelowna Oct 14, 2008 – CD Release – Full House
Rotary Centre For The Arts, Kelowna Oct 24, 2008 – Opening Band For John Reischman And The Jaybirds
Rotary Centre For The Arts, Kelowna May 7 2009 – Fund Raiser For The Rotary Club
Centre Theatre, Summerland May 10, 2009 – Fund Raiser For The Rotary Club
Whatshan Lake Festival, Whatshan Lake, BC July, 2009 – Outdoor Concert
Trinity Baptist Church, Kelowna Oct 30, 2009 – Fund Raiser For Child Care Centre


“LIVE” CD – recorded at the concert in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in June 2005 “Holy Smokin’ Bluegrass” – Recorded at the Kelowna Community Theatre Gospel Concert Oct 28, 2007 WEB SITE –


Through live performances, CD Sales and personal donations for the band and friends, A Day Late and A Dollar Short has generated over $50,000 to support a number of non profit organizations in the community. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cancer Research and Support – Over $32,000 to the Daryl Cochran Legacy Fund established with the Central Okanagan Foundation with income from the fund directed to the BC Cancer Foundation in Kelowna.
  • The Trinity Child Care Centre, Kelowna $14,000
  • Rotary Clubs in the Central Okanagan $1700
  • Rotary Centre for the Arts –Contribution of $1000
  • Creekside Theatre, Lake Country $400
  • Summerland Bluegrass Assoc Bursary – Donation of $300
  • Sorrento Bluegrass Workshops Bursary – Donation of $200

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK – from written surveys:

  1. Have you ever seen a Bluegrass Concert before – 40% Yes
  2. Would you come and see A Day Late and A Dollar Short Again – 100% Yes
  3. Rating on a scale of 1 Poor to 5 Great – 93% rated either 4 or 5

Local Newspaper review of a concert in Nov 09 in conjunction with other great
bands in the Okanagan. It was a benefit for local children. Review by counsillor
Charlie Hodge.

Honored as finalists in the “Best Ofreaders’ choice awards from
Okanagan Life Magazine.

Bob Bissillion
(250) 763 9997
Ron Hillcoff
(250) 448 6663