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Welcome to Noteworthy

Watching summer slip away is bittersweet: the early morning sunrises, lazy afternoons and warm summer evenings are blissful. But that cool breeze on a hot August day signals a gradual transition towards autumn. It's a time of new beginnings and renewed energy. As much as we're enjoying lounging in our back yard on Friday nights, we're excited at the prospect of a new season of live music and other creative, fun endeavors.

Our aim is to maintain a more regular connection with you throughout the year. We hope we can do so by bringing you some interesting content with which to augment our newsletter: profiles of the artists, artisans, performers and suppliers of all things local. We're also working on an expanded customer loyalty program and bring you advance notice of special promotions, new arrivals and additions to our ever-changing collection of merchandise. 

Whether you're in the neighborhood or simply keeping tabs on our comings and goings, we always look forward to your visits. We hope our newsletter will inspire you to come out and enjoy the local flavor and hospitality of Empourium - see you soon!

This month BBVE welcomes Susan Joan Geddes, a full-time painter living and working in Victoria. Susan paints both "en plein air" and from her imagination. Painting through intuition and guidance, her landscapes are a compilation of the places she's visited throughout Canada and beyond.
"I love to abstract the ordinary." says Geddes. "I enjoy colour and texture, and the possibilities that a blank canvas presents."
Her works have been featured in exhibitions and galleries internationally and from coast to coast in Canada. Earlier this year her art was part of group show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Susan has also donated her art to both the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax and to Calgary's Children's Hospital.
"I have a huge desire to give back and I exhibit my paintings in public places related to healing."
Susan's show & sale continues at the BBVE Gallery throughout the month of August and then she'll be the artist in residence at Victoria's Ocean Pointe Resort in September.
A selection of Susan's art cards are also available for purchase at Empourium. 
WORTH MENTIONING: we're excited to now offer Mount Royal Bagels! If you've ever had them (they've been in Victoria for over a quarter-century), we needn't say more. If you haven't, you're in for a treat. These are the real deal: boiled, then baked - chewy and delicious! We'll be carrying plain, multi grain and cinnamon varieties. We're also looking forward to enhancing your bagel experience with flavored cream cheeses - and watch for lunch bagel specials too!
Watch this space for new menu items, foods and condiments, plus seasonal offerings and recipes!
AUG 22 6PM
SINGING FROM THE SOUL


Join singer/songwriter Lisa Bosman in a safe, judgement-free space for a three-hour workshop entitled “Singing from the Soul”. This participatory session is intended for anyone who wants to have more confidence, energy and vocal control: whether just starting out or advanced; vocalist or public speaker. The session will cover breathing and hitting notes with intention and purpose.

Light refreshments will be included in the $25 registration fee. To ensure a quality experience, there is a maximum of 12 spaces available for this workshop. 
Drop by the cafe or call us at 778-351-0178 during business hours to reserve a space! 
BBVE presents live entertainment every Friday evening between September and June. Generally, the first and third Friday of each month are reserved for our Open Mic Cabaret, while alternate weeks showcase Feature Performers. We also present House Concerts which are ticketed events in support of touring performers. 
SEP 6/20 OCT 4 7:30PM

Got a song that needs singing? A story that needs telling?  A magic trick in search of an audience? Bring it! Whether you're a first time performer or a seasoned pro honing some new material, BBVE's Open Mic Cabaret is a supportive venue for sharing artistic expression. For details on performing at an Open Mic Cabaret, click the image above.
NOTE: There is a $5 cover charge for all open mic evenings to help cover the cost of hosting and staffing.
SEP 13 7:30PM
SUE HANSEN


An outstanding guitar/vocalist, Sue has the innate ability to create a playlist of songs that resonate with her audience. The songs we know well but haven't heard in a good long while. Songs we sing along with in the car. Songs of the times, good and bad;. The rites of passage. No matter what mood you show up with, Sue will send you home lighter of heart and having had a really great evening! 
Call us at 778-351-0178 during business hours to save your seat for this no-cover event! 
SEP 27 7:30PM HOUSE CONCERT:
JESSICA HEINE with DAM ANDREW


Tickets $25 in advance and available now at the cafe or by calling 778-351-0178 during business hours.

Singer/songwriter Jessica Heine (Hi-na) charms audiences with her songwriting and dynamic voice. Recently signed to the folk recording label Fallen Tree Records, she's expanding her following through appearances this summer at the Edmonton, Canmore and Jasper folk festivals. Jessica released a new album this year entitled Goodbye Party.

A fine arts graduate with a degree in vocal performance, she revels in classical voice but her real passion is folk music and storytelling. "“I love classical singing in its own context but I learned to separate those two styles.”

Her songs have an optimism that showcases a hopeful strength of spirit that Heine breathes not only into her music, but her life as well. She says her songs fall somewhere in between fiction and non-fiction but “they feel very real” and expressing them was therapeutic. Heine can’t quite explain the recurring seafaring references that crop up in her songs. “I’ve never been sailing but I think the metaphor of water, or sinking or swimming, speaks to me.”

Along with her performance at BBVE, perhaps she'll have the opportunity to get out on the waters around Brentwood Bay - no doubt it would be an experience that could only deepen her connection with the west coast.

Appearing with Jessica is Former Canadian Idol finalist and award winning multi-instrumentalist, Andrew B. Sloniowski. Otherwise known as Dam Andrewhe played a solo show at BBVE earlier this year, winning over the ears, heartstrings, and tear-ducts of audiences with a winning mixture of musical intuition, comedic insight, and cunning wordcraft.

Tickets for this house concert are $25 in advance from the cafe or by calling 778-351-0178 during business hours. 
OCT 11 7:30PM
JEFF STEVENSON


These days Jeff Stevenson calls Brentwood Bay home but was a contributor to the vibrant British music scene of the late 60s and early 70s, writing several commercially successful pop tunes whose carefully crafted hooks and melodies will leave you wondering whether he penned tunes for any of the artists he now features in his extensive repertoire: Cat Stevens, Eric Burden, James Taylor and many others.
Call us at 778-351-0178 during business hours to save your seat for this no-cover event! 
OCT 18 7:30PM
SONGWRITERS CIRCLE


Songwriters circles are an opportunity for musicians to collaborate musically with other songwriters in a live, interactive setting. It's rewarding and exciting to hear how the artists add their unique nuance to one another's compositions. Tonight's circle will be shared by three local musicians of exceptional talent:
Daniel Cook is a songwriter of extraordinary sensitivity and a frequent collaborator with other talented musicians, several of whom also constitute his excellent backup band, The Radiators
Lisa Bosman is well known to our audience for her solo performances at BBVE. She also leads vocal workshops, which comes as no surprise to anyone who's had the pleasure of listening to her outstanding contralto tones. 
Ray Spencer is the driving force behind many local songwriter circles and is a seasoned folk-roots composer and performer on south Vancouver Island music scene. He's also one-third of Clancy's Front Porch, who will play BBVE later this season. Ray recently released the album Two Way Traffic One Lane Road.

Seats will fill up quickly for this special evening. Drop by the cafe or call us at 778-351-0178 during business hours to save your place around the circle! 
OCT 25 7:30PM
ROBBIE HANCOCK


By day, Robbie Hancock is a music composer of note with a roster of heavyweight TV and film clients like HBO and Discovery Channel. By night, he's a songwriter with the clarity and nuance of a folk master. Earlier this year Robbie released his fifth album: The Shape I'm In
Call us at 778-351-0178 during business hours to save your seat for this no-cover event! 
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Most Friday evening music events are no-cover. That means we don't sell tickets or charge admission*. But you can still save a seat by getting your name on our Advance Seating list. Drop by the cafe or call us during business hours (you must speak to someone who can check to see if we still have seats available - please don't leave a message), and give us the name of each person in your party. Arrive prior to 7pm on the evening of the event and we'll have seats for you. At 7pm sharp all unclaimed seats are released for walk-ins: first come, first served. 
* We encourage our audience to help support the performers who come to play our venue. There is a pay-what-you-can tip basket at every no-cover evening.
Mercantile is an important part of our general store vibe. We pride ourselves in offering a carefully curated selection of interesting, beautiful, practical and entertaining merchandise. We also feature a variety of locally-made goods including jewellery, art and greeting cards, soaps, candles, food items, books and more. Check here for new arrivals, holiday items, exclusive subscriber offers and featured products. 
We hope you find the information in this newsletter interesting, relevant and well... noteworthy. We welcome your feedback and suggestions - drop us a line at info@empourium.ca 
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