If live music and performance is your jam, then let me introduce you to an amazing group of people that will bring that jam to you: Emotions Open Mic (instagram: @emotionsopenmic). Every last Sunday of the month, this group features musicians, artists, dancers, stand-up comedians, you-name-it, live on stage at an exciting venue. I had an amazing time at the October show (yes, throwback), when Emotions Open Mic celebrated their one year birthday. I was invited by Marvin Ryles of CUTS magazine and had an opportunity to take photographs and hang out during the event.
I had a chat with one of the founding members, Jason Floetic (instagram: @mrfloetic), who gave me some insight into the history of how Emotions Open Mic came to be.
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When did Emotions Open Mic form and what was the motivation behind it?
"It all started in August of 2014. Many of my influences come from the unique cities that I have lived in and visited. Wherever I went, I was always introduced to local talents via platforms, just like Emotions. So when I moved to Vancouver from Calgary, I asked a few of my close friends if they were interested in starting a movement where we can help local artists showcase their talent. I am a DJ by heart and have many residencies around town, but I saw there was something lacking in the Vancouver music scene. So it gave me an urge to try something new and take a risk. I wanted to break ALL the barriers and stigmas of what Vancouver has to offer. Only a few seemed interested at the time, but the 5 people that did say YES helped me to build a foundation from our collective vision. A year later, we are hosting a great event every single month."
How do you find such dope musicians in Vancouver?
"At first, it was a bit tough it was mainly asking people to be apart of the show and telling them we will keep them in the loop as we get bigger. Now we have a wait list of people and it is feeding itself."
Who should one contact if they want to perform?
"They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Where can we buy tickets or RSVP?
If you like what you see/hear, go check out Emotions Open Mic. There are a couple of events you can catch before the end of the year:
The Party that Saved Christmas - Hosted by Jason Floetic
Dec 23, 2015 8pm-1am
$12 at the door or 3 cans of non-perishable food
Emotions - The Open Mic Experience "The New Years Eve Edition"
Dec 31, 2015 7pm-10pm @MIA in Gastown
+ ILLUMINATE NYE After Party 10pm-4am