The main source of income for the band is the annual "Café Suite". The band has held eleven of these events so far, each one very well attended. The event combines a concert by the band along with finger food and beverages included in the price of each ticket. There are door prizes and a silent auction. In its 16 years of operation, the band has received no government support. Other income is derived from honoraria for performing at community events.
The first Café Suite was held at the new St. Mary's Church in Metchosin. Those up to 2016 took place at The Forge church. Due to the event's growing popularity, the band decided it would be wise to move to a larger venue with more parking; we are grateful to Father Paul and the congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish for the use of their large church hall.
In the months before each year's Café Suite, members of the band request donations of items that could be used for either a silent auction item, or for a door prize. Donors are publicly acknowledged during the event, as well as on this website.
At present, the band is does not have charitable status and thus is unable to give tax receipts for cash donations. If you are able to donate something that could be used for the next Café Suite, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our sincere thanks go to the many donors
for Café Suites 1 to 12.
These were the donors for the 2019 event:
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria * Band members and friends * Blanshard St. Winery * Cobs Bread, Westshore * Craigdarroch Castle * Floyd’s Diner * The Local General Store * Long & McQuade * Marilyn Gallant (artist) * Market on Millstream * Maritime Museum of BC * Milestones on Millstream * Nightingale Naturals * Royal British Columbia Museum * Serious Coffee * Tom Lee MusicUgly Duckling Nails * UVic Cinecente Theatre * Victoria Baroque * Victoria Symphony * Westshore Cineplex Odeon
Click HERE for a composite list (in PDF format) of donors to Café Suites 1 to 12. We hope that band members and the public will, in turn, support these community-minded businesses.
Metchosin Arts & Cultural Centre Association (MACCA)
The MACCA has graciously provided a grant-in-aid to the WCCB in the form of free storage space in the art centre for band's extensive music library.
The members of the band gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided through this program as it existed until June 2021. It enabled us to purchase new uniforms and music, among other things.
West Shore Arts Council
When the band celebrated its first 10 years with an Anniversary Concert on October 20, 2012, the expenses were covered by a generous grant from the West Shore Arts Council. That resulted in the band being able to donate over four boxes of food and approximately $350 in cash to the local foodbank, all of which was collected during the concert. The West Shore Arts Council generously provided grants-in-aid to the WCCB in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Thanks go also to the following:
- Robert Hume and Gail Nash who created a new, smaller, podium that will be easier to transport to “away” gigs,
- Hourigan's Carpet, who donated carpeting to cover our conductor's podium, and to Robert Hume and Gail Nash who supplied the other materials and constructed it,
- John Billett, who spent hours building secure cases for the storage of our pair of tympani,
- Larry Moss of Mountain.Web, who built the tracking system for Café Suite donations.