By: Brya Bromfield
Tuesday February 28th, Gore Street Cafe was pleased to have Bill Priddle host the weekly Open Mic Night.
The music was relaxing and entertaining with Bill’s finger picking style of playing guitar. There were covers and originals played as well. Like every Tuesday night, everyone attending was welcome to get up and play music or read excerpts from books, or poems.
In addition, Nicole Dyble served fish-shaped sugar cookies to attendees in celebration of the on-going Fishbowl Festival.
The Fishbowl Festival is also presenting a show on Friday, March 3rd at 9pm down the street at Konoba. Bill Priddle will be playing with Rusty McCarthy, and Shit Creek Survivor. The cover is ten dollars. All are welcome to attend.
By: Brya Bromfield
The opening ceremonies for Gore Street Cafe’s annual Fishbowl Festival had a quick start this afternoon with a good crowd of people in attendance to celebrate the first day. The Fishbowl Festival is a celebration of community and the many Pisces in that community that runs from February 20th to March 20th with many events in between. The owner Nicole Dyble started putting on the festival when she realized how many Pisces there were in the community.
When asked what she wants to accomplish with the Festival, Nicole replied: “To help increase community capacity, give people the opportunity to build new skills, assist in the formation of new networks between individuals and organizations in this city, to help bring people downtown, to help bring business to local small businesses and to make fun stuff happen in the last months of winter.”
The ceremony this afternoon consisted of intern Vivi Cottle and promoter Jackson Reed performing at the cafe while customers enjoyed chili and bannock. There was also the new CD from local band Be Lyrebirds playing softly in the background afterwards throughout the afternoon. In regards to how she thought the opening ceremonies went Nicole mentioned that: “They were nice and relaxed. There was a good handful of people.”
The Fishbowl Festival has been an annual occurrence at the Gore Street Cafe for two years now. In response to being asked what was done differently this year, Nicole said that ‘we are scaling it back a little bit this year. There are no passes; there are fewer events; it’s all locally sourced; we are not having out-of- town artists this year. There’s a blog now, and we have Vivi Cottle as a placement student and Jackson Reed’s promotion organization “Ears and Eyes” involved.’
Overall, the opening day was a success with many people coming in and out to support the second annual Fishbowl Festival. Tomorrow night, February, 21st, there will be an Open Mic Night hosted by Ella and Kenzie from 7pm to 10pm for all interested.