From Humble Beginnings
The Dream Café opened in April of 2001 across the street from our present location. The vision in the beginning was to create a place where people could come & eat, visit and perhaps open up a book and enjoy a comfortable place to hang out, with plants, pillows & good music playing in the background.
In the beginning the upstairs was the café, downstairs was the kitchen & an import store. We decided that perhaps music could be added as a regular event. We connected with a few musicians and realized that we could fill our room on a tuesday night in February. This was a miracle in our quiet town of Penticton. Without it we wouldn’t have survived. Years passed and our calendar of music increased. Many wonderful nights were spent squeezing in as many people as we could. August nights we had a dozen circulating fans on with the upstairs windows flung open to the streets. People often sat down on the curb to listen a while.
In three months a new location was gutted and built directly across the street, a miracle in itself. The building was stripped down, the floor jack hammered and a new creation emerged. Now we can seat 110 people in the café and a multi-leveled seating arrangement was built wrapped around the stage. Our Grand Opening in the new room had us presenting Jeff Healey & the Jazz Wizards in July 2005. He was very excited about this new club in BC and returned once more to grace our stage before he passed.
There are shush notes on every table about being quiet during performances and now our crowd will even pass the notes if their neighboring tables don’t “get it”. There is no greater gift to give performers than to simply listen. They bring with them years of dedication and we get to enjoy and absorb their creativity.
The Dream Café is widely known as a musical gem and has found its way in to the heart of many. It is widely known among musicians as a special venue to play, it is a place where the artist can truly connect with the audience.
Thank you for keeping the dream alive for 15 years! Here is to 15 more!