Dream Café hoping for sound footing

The beat goes on for Penticton’s Dream Café after a series of fundraising concerts.

Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars are bringing their hot and spicy

Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars are bringing their hot and spicy

The beat goes on for Penticton’s Dream Café after a series of fundraising concerts.

A press release issued by the co-op shareholders said they held a special meeting recently to study the financial challenges they have faced over the past year since they took over. It was made clear at that time the members and community are not ready to shut the Dream Café’s doors.

Operations were suspended on Oct. 1 due to unanticipated cashflow problems and a special general meeting was held on Oct. 30 for the membership of the co-op.

“We’ve been spending faster than it came in and ran out of money. Can’t do that anymore, so a new business plan has to come forward,” Paul Bouchard, a director on the board, told the Penticton Western News last month.

In order to get themselves in a better financial position, the Dream Café held a six show series of fundraising concerts with Matt Anderson, Stephen Fearing and Thompson Wilson all donating their time to play.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, donations and attendance of the benefits,” the board wrote in a press release. “We wouldn’t still be standing if it weren’t for you.”

Now a new series of dinner shows will be hosted by the Dream Café between now and the New Year.

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This includes multiple Juno winner Harry Manx (Nov.18), Indo-Tanzanian-Canadian Juno nominee Alysha Brilla (Nov. 26), actor-musician-comedian Chase Padgett with two nights and two different performances (Dec. 2 and Dec. 3) and Gary Comeau & The VooDoo Allstars (Dec. 26 and Dec. 27).

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Tickets went on sale on Tuesday. For more information on tickets or the line up visit  www.thedreamcafe.ca.