Concert series returns for another season

Abbotsford Arts Council has teamed with Envision for sixth straight year

The Envision Coffee House Concert Series and Envision Concert in the Park Series will return for another season.

The Abbotsford Arts Council, in partnership with Envision Financial, made the announcement last week.

These 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.

“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 Abbots-ford,” said Gail Gromaski, executive director of the Abbotsford Arts Council.

Every Saturday evening from May 25 to June 29, and then again from Sept. 28 to Nov. 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.

The concerts run from 8-10 p.m.

For those who prefer listening to music in the great outdoors, head to the Kariton Gallery in Mill Lake Park from July 6 to Sept. 21 (from 6-8 p.m.) for free Saturday night concerts in the park.

“Envision Financial is excited to once again showcase some of the amazing talent this city has to offer,” said 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.”

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 abbotsfordartscouncil.org 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,” said Byrom.

“The great thing about The Full Cupboard is that all food and funds collected in your community will stay in your community.”

For more information call 604-852-9358 or visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.