Dear friends of Westacres Music:

It has been a long time since we were able to present a concert at Westacres. Last summer we enjoyed an outside hour of music in July. Good news: another concert in the field is scheduled for FRIDAY JULY 23, at 7.30 pm. 

Following the safety rules, we can accommodate 45 listeners ( + 5 musicians makes the allowed 50 people). Please reserve your tickets at $30 each, as soon as possible, by replying to this e-mail or by phoning 604-467-3162. 

Bring your own lawn chair and if it is sunny, which we of course hope for, bring an umbrella for shade. Like last year, there will be no intermission and the concert will last around 1 hour. 


Westacres has always been, for almost 40 years, a welcoming home for classical-music lovers and musicians alike. Unfortunately, that has to change. The License Dept. of the City of Maple Ridge has decided that our house doesn't have the required safety for public gatherings. 

We were of course devastated by this message but out of the ashes, like a phoenix, we will rise and shine. This is what has been decided by our committee: (1) We are now an officially registered Society with a working Board of Directors, comprising of our current committee members. (2) There will be an Annual General Meeting where directors can be re-elected or replaced. (3) The current Artistic Director is Josine Eikelenboom, the Assistant Artistic Director is Arianna Ervin.

Concerts will be held in local churches, depending on the kind of musical group being presented. 

Our choice fell on St. Paul's Lutheran church on Laity St. for chamber music. It has a beautiful, but small grand piano, perfect for the purpose. There is easy access to general space for the intermission and ample parking.

For a chamber orchestra we chose St. George Anglican Church which is a sunny, pleasant venue, again with many parking places and a spacious general area. We are still considering where and how to present a solo pianist, since a top standard  Steinway grand piano is required. But we will find a solution for that too.

I trust you will be as excited as we are about the future of the Music Society. Maple Ridge is a growing community, and deserves a musical organisation like ours. 

Please let your likeminded friends know. We have to build up again, and we count on your support!

With best regards,


Josine Eikelenboom

Artistic Director, Maple Ridge Music Society