Envision Financial Concert in the Park Series performances to take place at the Mill Lake Cruise-In on July 12

Submitted. On July 12 from 11am to 2pm, the Envision Financial Concert in the Park Series is proud to present three separate bands: Robyn and Ryleigh, Innerwild and Topaz, at the Third Annual Mill Lake Cruise-in in Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford. Normally held at the Kariton Gallery Stage in Mill Lake Park each Saturday evening from June 28 to September 13, the July 12 Envision Financial Concert in the Park Series performances will be held during the day at the Cruise-in, also presented by the Abbotsford Arts Council in partnership with Envision Financial and the MSA Museum Society. The Mill Lake Cruise-in is held from 8:30am to 3pm in Mill Lake Park (at Alta Avenue and Ware Street).

Cover photo:Robyn & Ryleigh Gillespie

At 11am, Robyn & Ryleigh Gillespie, a talented country/ pop sister duo hailing from Langley, B.C., will take the stage offering a sound that combines modern, youthful pop influences blended with traditional country elements of acoustic instruments, meaningful lyrics and sibling harmonies. The girls released their album, Robyn and Ryleigh, on MDM/ Universal Records in 2013. The lead single, “Just Another Sundown,” is currently getting international airplay. Robyn is emerging as a talented songwriter, and Ryleigh is also a working actor.

Performing at 12pm, Innerwild will offer a plethora of musical styles, including blues, rockin’ soul, R&B, swing with some Latin, country and classic rock and roll. The band consists of five versatile musicians featuring Noel Gulbransen on lead guitar and vocals, Doug McFetridge on second guitar and vocals, Bob Van Velzen on electric bass and vocals, Freddie Schmidt on sax, and Rick Noel on drums.


Then at 1pm, Topaz, founded in 1980 and still going strong, is one of the longest lasting bands on record. The band is made up of bassist Scott Boyes, drummer Jerry Brown, keyboardist John Fultz, and guitarist Gerry Hookoof. Top their sound off with the jewel tones of lead singer Vikki Evans, and it’s a winning combination that can handle anything from classic rock to country with a twist. Topaz has an extensive history having played opening sets for shows such as Pam Tillis, Jefferson Starship, Chilliwack and Edgar Winters. Topaz has also supported upcoming artists in addition to lending a musical hand to benefits for local food banks and the cancer foundation.

Envision Financial will also have a tent onsite, available to receive non-perishable food or cash donations as part of Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard program, with donations benefiting the Abbotsford Food Bank. The Full Cupboard is an innovative community program designed to raise food, funds and awareness for food banks in the communities where Envision Financial operates. Last year, over 95,000 British Columbians accessed their local food bank, 30% of whom were children. To learn more, visit www.thefullcupboard.ca.

For more information about the Envision Financial Concert in the Park Series, including the full concert schedule, please contact the Abbotsford Arts Council at 604.852.9358 or info@abbotsfordartscouncil.com, or visit us online at abbotsfordartscouncil.org.


About Envision Financial
Envision Financial is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union, with 39 branches and 28 insurance offices throughout the province operating under the Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial brands. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.7 billion in assets under administration, more than 177,000 members and close to 1,300 employees. For its extensive community involvement, Envision Financial is designated a Caring Company by Imagine Canada. For more information on Envision Financial, visit www.envisionfinancial.ca.

About the Abbotsford Arts Council
Established in 1972, the Abbotsford Arts Council acts as a resource for local artists while promoting the vision, creativity, and energy of the Abbotsford community through the arts. Nearly 70 local arts, heritage and culture organizations receive support under the umbrella of the Abbotsford Arts Council, and the talents of hundreds of local artists are showcased by the Abbotsford Arts Council each year at the Kariton Art Gallery and Boutique, the Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series, the Arty Awards and the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair. To learn more about the Abbotsford Arts Council, visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.


Kariton Gallery A-List 2013

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