The Stage Is Set For Another Summer Of Great Local Music

By May 8, 2013Arts/Culture

The Abbotsford Arts Council, in partnership with Envision Financial, is pleased to announce the return of the very popular Envision Coffee House Concert Series and Envision Concert in the Park Series. These wonderful series provide local artists with the chance to perform in a relaxed and casual atmosphere while the community enjoys various musical genres ranging from jazz, blues and folk to country, rock and pop.

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“The series give local musicians a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure and grow as artists as well as provide great entertainment to enhance the quality of life in Abbotsford,” says Gail Gromaski, Executive Director of the Abbotsford Arts Council. “Envision Financial’s sponsorship helps us connect the talents of local musicians with our community.”

Every Saturday evening from 8-10PM, May 25 to June 29, and then again from September 28 to November 30, residents will have the opportunity to hear free, live music at participating local coffee houses, including the Clayburn Gourmet Gallery, House of James and Wired Monk McCallum. For those who prefer listening to music in the great outdoors, head to the Kariton Gallery in Mill Lake Park from July 6 to September 21 between 6-8 PM—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 sixth 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 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 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. That’s a great way to ensure every penny counts!”

For more information about the Envision Coffee House Concert Series or the Envision Concert in the Park Series, including the full concert schedule, please contact the Abbotsford Arts Council at 604.852.9358 or, or visit us online at

About Envision Financial
Envision Financial is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union, with 40 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the province operating under the Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial brands. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.1 billion in assets under administration, more than 171,000 members and close to 1,300 employees. For eight years running, Envision was named one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada. Envision is designated a Caring Company by Imagine Canada. For more information, visit

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. We consist of members, volunteers and directors representing diverse artistic, economic, and cultural interests of community members of all ages. We showcase the talents of local artists at the Kariton Art Gallery and at a number of events throughout the year including the Envision Concert Series, the Arty Awards and the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair. To learn more about the Abbotsford Arts Council, visit

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