Seven years of music for Qualicum Acoustic Cafe

Locals and guests perform at monthly event on Nov. 7

The Qualicum Acoustic Cafe, now in its seventh year, is getting ready for its second show of the season.

This monthly music and spoken-word gathering will take place on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Rotary Hall in Qualicum Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a great night out to meet friends and neighbours old and new,” said Joyce Beaton, one of the Cafe’s long-time organizers.

The feature performance of the evening is by Vancouver-duo, the Whisky Minstrels. Their music reflects Celtic, bluegrass, country and blues influences. As always, the night will also include an open stage filled with local performers.

New this year, however, is an increase in ticket prices. “Tickets are increasing to $7 (from $5) to allow us to pay our features more money,” explained Joyce. Tickets will be available at the Vintage Candy shop in Qualicum on Nov. 1.

Joyce says one of the keys to the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe’s success is the variety of talent. In the past, there has been spoken word, jazz, folk music, and more.

The Qualicum Acoustic Cafe’s stage is open to everyone; however, performers must reserve their spot.

Those interested in sharing their talent in December and beyond as a feature or open-stage performer can contact Joyce or John Beaton at jabeaton@gmail.com. Note that a feature performer for December’s show — local songstress Deb Ryan — has already been chosen.