The Full Moon Cafe has been gathering music and art lovers of Fort McMurray for the last 13 years.
Every month, the cafe gives artists a chance to showcase their talent while enjoying a comfortable atmosphere among likeminded people.
Kitty Cochrane helps run the event and tells Mix News it’s about celebrating the community through artistic expression.
“It’s a place to come and just be appreciated for who you are – to be able to express yourself as a person and as an individual and to have that group to appreciate it,” Cochrane said.
“That’s who we are as Fort McMurray – and we come and we are unique and diverse and we are celebrated.”
Since 2005, it’s continued a tradition of gathering artists of all ages – from a 3-year-old violinist to a 75-year-old accordion player.
Cochrane says it’s a judgement free space for those who want to showcase their artistic talents.
“It’s for people of all skill levels, so people who are brand new to their art form or for people who are more comfortable with audiences.”
Last year’s wildfire left the event without a venue when the Waterways Community Hall was destroyed in the blaze.
After a slight hiatus – Full Moon made a triumphant return last November at the Art Foundry at River City Station.
Cochrane adds there’s a lot of talent to shine through Full Moon.
“There’s a warmth to it that’s familiar every time people go but every time there’s always surprising talent that comes out and just ‘wows’ everyone.”
Full Moon Cafe kicks off with a drum circle starting at 7:30PM.
Open mic is from 8 o’clock to 11PM with 15 minutes of stage time for all willing musicians and dancers.
Should you miss it – it will be back again for more in April.
You can find more info at the Full Moon Cafe Facebook Page.
Written by: Brandon Piper