Abbotsford Arts Council

Promoting local artists since 1971

THE FRASER VALLEY CONCERT SERIES

The Abbotsford Arts Council is partnering with Envision Financial to provide venues for local musicians to perform every Saturday at 7pm from May 27 – September 23, 2017.


Come hear a variety of genres in different locations throughout the city. Enjoy the coffee houses in the spring and fall, and the Kariton Art Gallery stage at Mill Lake in the summer.


The Abbotsford Arts Council, Envision Financial, and CIVL Radio, are pleased to provide this free community event with the generous support of dozens of volunteers and sponsors, including: the City of Abbotsford, the Socan Foundation, the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia. We only ask that you assist us in extending your appreciation to our coffee house hosts by purchasing refreshments while you enjoy the concert.

SPRING COFFEE HOUSES

MAY 27

CLIK COFFEE BISTRO

RANJ SINGH


Ranjit “Ranj” Singh blends a masala of Indian melodies and rhythms with Western Folk to create a unique Canadian Indo-Folk genre belonging only to him. A very unique voice and 12 string guitarmanship makes for a very entertaining event.

JUNE 17

SIPPCHAI CAFE

J.D. MINER



J.D. Miner : Original songs, old time foot-stompers, and a stage full of instruments. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll tap your toes, might even get up and shake a leg .....and that's just the first song.

JUNE 3

SIPPCHAI CAFE

RIP VAN FINN


Rip Van Finn features an energetic blend of fiddle, bagpipes, alpenhorn, keys, guitar, percussion, and other instruments.




JUNE 24

HOUSE OF JAMES

THE LONESOME TOWN PAINTERS


The Lonesome Town Painters are the Lower Mainland’s traditional bluegrass standard-bearers. Their high-lonesome harmony singing and melodic instrumentation pay homage to bluegrass pioneers.

JUNE 10

CLIK COFFEE BISTRO

NOW'S THE TIME


Now's The Time - a modern jazz quartet in the bebop tradition playing hits from the 'Great American Songbook' and personal compositions in the jazz style.




JULY 1 

SIPPCHAI CAFE

FIDDLIN' FRENZY



Fiddlin’ Frenzy had won first in BC and North American competitions. And Kai is in the final for Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Competition. They have Released 3 CDs and are the faces of Abbotsford. Currently they teach at A&D Music and Skype.

SUMMER MILL LAKE PARK

JULY 8

CASCADIA WIND ENSEMBLE


We are made up of accomplished musicians from the Fraser Valley, ages 13 to 80. We perform traditional band repertoire, Broadway tunes, marches, popular music, commissioned works, etc. We have played to rave reviews throughout the Fraser Valley.

JULY 29

THE OTHER BIG BAND



The Other Big Band has played all over B.C. and the U.S.,including performing at the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. The Other Big Band promises to spellbind their audience with a mix of classic swing tunes from the '30s and '40s.


JULY 15

BIG CITY SOUL



Big City Soul is a highly renowned powerhouse R&B Dance and show band featuring two lead singers, three horns, plus one of the finest rhythm sections in western Canada. "There ain't no party like a Big City party!"



AUG 5

THE FRANK DAVID JAZZ BAND


The Frank David Jazz Band is comprised of a 6 piece band plus Frank David as the vocalist. The band will take you back to a timeless era; and will will make you feel like you are watching a live show in a 1960s Vegas Club or Lounge.


JULY 22

CENTRAL FRASER VALLEY FIDDLERS


We are a fun & energetic group of musicians of all ages who wish to make music & make folks want to get up and dance! Our members come from all over the Valley & our musical focus is Old Time fiddle music including jigs, two-steps, reels & waltzes.


AUG 12

BRUCE JAMES ORCHESTRA


Bringing the Best of Big Band to B.C. since 1999!


FALL COFFEE HOUSES

AUG 19

CLIK COFFEE BISTRO

RACHEL'N TED


Rachel 'n' Ted will have you reminiscing to romantic ballads and tapping your toes to upbeat favourites. Rachel's classic voice & versatile range, and Edward's strong guitar accompaniment & background vocals bring back favourites from the 20s-60s.


SEPT 9

CLIK COFFEE BISTRO

THISTLE DEW



A three-part female vocal group from the Fraser Valley, Thistle Dew aims to create a distinctly folk choral sound. Brandishing mostly their voices, Julia Ziegler, Laurel Nessim, and Laura Wheeler create uniquely balanced harmonies.

AUG 26

HOUSE OF JAMES

HER BROTHERS


Her Brothers is an alternative, pop-rock band from Langley, British Columbia. Currently the band is recording their second album to be released sometime in 2017 along with a new tour put together around the idea of our shared humanity.


SEPT 16

HOUSE OF JAMES

GIBSON & GRETSCH COMBO


Gibson&Gretsch Combo consists of: Gordon Edmunds (guitar), Grant Lamothe (bass and harmonica), Denny Slaght (guitar- a BCCMA Hall of Famer), and Bob Nagle (bongos and tenor sax). A varied playlist includes jazz, vintage rock&roll and gospel.

SEPT 2

HOUSE OF JAMES

MADFLOWER


For over 10 years now Madflower has been spinning out their own eclectic mix of Indie rock and roll and covers. Deeply rooted in 60s and 70s rock and roll, the band weaves its own magical blend of folk blues and rock.

SEPT 23

SIPPCHAI CAFE

JACKSON HOLLOW



The blend of heart-wrenching lead vocals and dead-on harmonies backed by instrumental talent strikes a chord with people of all ages, and musical tastes.

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