The Cawston Black Cat open mic is starting a new format in May.
The next Black Cat, which brings performers of all genres together to share their talents, will be held May 4.
The new format includes two parts—an alcohol-free, all-ages session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. followed by an adult-orientated Black Cat cabaret from 9 to 11 p.m. including an after-hours bar and dance floor featuring mostly new music with some old favourites and requests taken.
The May 4 event features performances from all ages, including a preschool age performance, a youth jazz ensemble, SESS elementary and high school bands and choir.
“Our vision and long term goals include a desire to help build community, and help grow and support existing and emerging talent in the Similkameen. We have a focus on diversity, and an interest in creating a casual yet reliable platform to encourage and mentor people of all ages interested in the arts and creative expression,” a press release from the volunteer group said.
The Cawston Black Cat is a not-for-profit members’ club and monthly open stage event. Admission is by donation, plus a one-time $1 membership fee.
So far, two open stage nights have been held with performers ranging from musicians and singers/songwriters to storytellers and more.
“We encourage a diversity of artists and performances, including music, poetry, storytelling, theatre, improv, audience participation acts, karaoke, air bands, circus acts, clowning, burlesque and more. Every monthly event will feature a new headliner. We also invite visual artists to participate and will feature a new visual artist showcase each month,” the press release stated.