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Save The Roxy Gabriola

$335 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 3 months
Created November 24, 2018
JUST THE FACTS MA’AM:

·         The Roxy’s lease has suddenly gone up by 50% and the club needs 100 more members, NOW, to stay alive.

·         Even if you can’t afford a membership at this time, any small donation will help to ensure this iconic venue lives to see another day. To donate please follow the Go-Fund-Me instructions.

·         Membership is a one-time $120 fee per year or $10 a month (with a one year commitment.) Send by electronic money transfer  to   theroxy@shaw.ca OR pay by cash or cheque (payable to S.Berthelot) handed off to Stevie B. any noon hour (not Tuesday) this week, at Mad Rona's Cafe in the Madrona Mall.

·         Members and their families can attend weekly movie nights for FREE. For a family of four that is a value of over $1000- per year! As Stevie B likes to say “That is a bargoon!”

·         Members enjoy reduced rental fees ($25-/hr. Cheap like Borscht!)

·         For full Member info visit: Roxy Membership    

WHAT IS THE ROXY?

The Roxy Lounge & Culture Club is exactly that…a club…and of course, a labour of love for our pal and Roxy founder, Stevie B. Its members ensure that the lease on the space is paid. Stevie B provides style, love, dedication and concierge services extraordinaire; and the whole community gets to share in this wonderfully quirky playhouse.

The Roxy’s motto is “Music, Movies and More.” Over the years Gabriolans have attended movies, concerts, slideshows, plays, coffee houses, dances, workshops, private parties, meetings, readings, comedy nights and even the occasional sporting event on the Roxy’s big 13 foot screen. It is a damn-fine, snazzy, theatre; boasting 50 red velvet movie seats, a vintage JBL / McIntosh sound system, retro couches, eclectic, flamboyant sculptures and a fun, art deco, ambience. What’s not to love?

Everyone is welcome at the Roxy! You don’t need to be a member to enjoy this unique entity. Anyone can rent the Roxy for a song (That is to say it is very affordable. I don’t know that actually serenading Stevie B will get you anywhere.) or attend a movie night or any number of the spectacular events that the Roxy hosts each and every week.

 

HISTORY

2007-2012 was the heyday of the original Gabriola Roxy. It was a meeting place right in the heart of town where performers from far and near graced the stage. It was a place where up-and-comers cut their teeth and where the greats came to soak up some of that down-homey Gabriola love. It was a place where we watched movies, danced, held parties and did what a small community does best: support one another. The place had a heart-beat! Yes it did. And the life-blood? Mr. Stevie B.

For 5 years Stevie B kept this lovely circus breathing and singing along until one sad day in 2012 he announced that he could single-handedly support this Gabriola treasure no more.

And so it was gone…but not forgotten. In his Roxy Raves (a weekly newspaper article) Stevie B told us “if we really want it, the Roxy shall return.” Well, we really wanted it! Islanders started to pester…ahem…I mean encourage Stevie B. to bring back our Roxy; and so The Friends of The Roxy was born. It would take a yearly commitment of $120 from 200 Club Members to see the re-birth of Gabriola’s favourite meeting place. As Stevie B likes to say “Gabriola does provide” and so in the spring of 2016, we saw the return of the Roxy at its new location at Twin Beaches Mall. It was bigger! It was better! It had all of the original charm and more!

And here we are at today and I am delighted to say The Roxy is still going strong! I’m going to guess that it hosts between 150-300 events per year. Oh it’s not as visible as it once was and there are Islanders who still haven’t figured out what the heck it is; but we’ll educate them won’t we?

 

IN CLOSING

Our community is a wonderful and unique place. Island life is not like life anywhere else and I am willing to bet the reason YOU chose to call this place your home is because YOU are pretty wonderful and unique too. Did I hit the nail on the head?

I think it is so very important that we actively preserve the things that make island life different…special. The Roxy is one of those things.  

When I think of some of the insignificant things that I blow 10 bucks on in a month I feel quite pleased with myself that I chose to become a Friend of The Roxy. Now that 10 bucks supports my friends, my community, all of the incredibly talented performers and the collective dream to have a meeting place to call our very own. Damn I’m good!

Won’t you join me? Let’s show Stevie B just how right he is…Gabriola does provide.
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Raised by 9 people in 3 months
Created November 24, 2018
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