Submitted. The Abbotsford Arts Council, in partnership with Envision Financial, is pleased to announce the return of the very popular Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series. The series provides local artists with the chance to perform in a relaxed and casual atmosphere while members of the community enjoy various musical genres ranging from jazz, blues and folk to country, rock and pop.
Every Saturday evening from 7:30PM to 9:30PM, beginning May 17 and running until June 21, and then again from September 20 to November 29, residents will have the opportunity to hear free, live music at participating local coffee houses, including the Clayburn Gourmet Gallery, House of James, Wired Monk McCallum and SippChai Café. For those who prefer listening to music in the great outdoors, head to the Kariton Art Gallery in Mill Lake Park from June 28 to September 13 from 6:00PM to 8:00 PM. Just bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy free concerts in the park.
“Envision Financial is excited to once again showcase some of the amazing talent this city has to offer,” says Susan Byrom, manager of community investment at Envision Financial. “This is our seventh year of partnership with the Abbotsford Arts Council and it’s shaping up to be the best year yet.”
These free concert series are a great way to spend a Saturday night—enjoy the gift of music with a cup of coffee in hand while you support local businesses and artists in Abbotsford. On select dates, concert goers will also have the opportunity to take part in Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard program by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations to concert events. Visit thefullcupboard.ca for a list of Full Cupboard designated concert dates.
“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,” says Byrom. “The great thing about The Full Cupboard is that all food and funds collected in your community will stay in your community. In 2013, over $5,900 was donated to the Abbotsford Food Bank through The Full Cupboard!”
For more information about the Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series, including the full concert schedule, please visit envisionfinancial.ca or 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.