For a second time this semester, Waterloo Collegiate’s top talent organized a late afternoon gathering to share their love for the arts and fine confections. More than a marketing strategy, the holiday theme chosen for this particular open mic night was reflected visibly in the decoration, food and overall mood of the evening.
Held in the school’s drama room, the “Coffee House” received “a smaller turn out” than its fall counter-part, according to one of the event’s administrator Ritu S, but still ran its full 7:00-9:00 PM course on Wednesday night.
Made possible by the efforts of such student council representatives, the event featured a wide array of acts, from spoken word pieces to traditional accordion music. Many students even chose to honour the occasion with a winter-themed twist to their performance. WCI alumnus and Oktoberfest Idol Joshua P. made an appearance to support the next generation of student talent and perform Thomas Rett’s “Die a Happy Man.” Several teachers and community members were also in attendance.
Despite the anticipated decline in turnout, the event was well-received. First-time attendee, Sheffi B. left the event feeling as though the night “was a great opportunity to both socialize and support [his] peers.” The scheduled time slot was comfortably filled with one performance after another, save for an intermission where attendees had the opportunity to fill up on hot chocolate, cookies and other holiday-themed sweets.
The open mic is an invitation for any students with an affinity for the performance arts to share their craft with a fresh audience. Something of a tradition at WCI, Coffee House is forecasted to extend well into the coming years. There are currently two events scheduled for the coming semester, with official dates yet to be released.
Photography: Michael Frazer
Photo editing: Leighton Zink