♫♫♫♫ MUSICIANS we hope you're getting ready for our

     3rd ANNUAL OPEN MIC CONTEST on January 19 ♫♫♫♫

Come prepared to sing your 2 best songs - and a third, if time permits.

Open mic sign-up at west side door from 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm.

Click here for contest rules - please read them - especially the "new this year" section - we've made some changes based on feedback from former contestants and audience members.

Musicians are welcome to perform during the evening without entering the contest - please refer to the new rules.

Main doors @ 6:30 pm. Music @ 7:00 pm. 

$5 entrance @ door. Free to open mic performers and children under 12.

Concession (coffee, tea, pop, home-baked goodies still $1 each) and 50/50 draw

If you would like to volunteer to help, or wish to submit an application for consideration as a future act for our coffee houses, please contact: Chrisy Biddlecombe

or to add your name to our email list and receive regular updates about our own & other live music events (house concerts, etc.) please contact:

Sue Cane

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enjoy an evening of entertainment

Kerry Parks - photo by Tom Skinner

Come out and enjoy an evening of entertainment and community socializing at the historic Barnhartvale Hall located in Barnhartvale, Kamloops, BC. 

Enjoy premium coffee, beverages and homemade, freshly baked goodies, and be entertained by stars of the present and future. 

Meet your community. Residents from all areas are welcome.

how our evening unfolds at the barnhartvale community hall 

effective 18 November 2017, open mic doors open at 6:15 pm (west side door), main doors open at 6:30 pm, and music begins at 7:00 pm. Admission just $5.00 at the door. Open mic entertainers and children under 12 are admitted free. Baked goods and beverages are $1.00 each. Seating is limited by the size of the hall, so come early. Each evening is usually divided into three parts: open mic, intermission, and feature act. We ask our audience to refrain from talking while all musicians are performing  (see "contact us" tab for location/directions)

open mic 

entertainers sign up at 6:15 pm at the west side door on the white board and are called up in the same order, starting at 7:00 pm, to perform two or three selections, depending on time constraints. Music, poetry, comedy, solos, duos & groups... the genre is wide open, but material must be suitable for our all-ages, family-friendly atmosphere. Depending on the number of performers, open mic may continue after the feature act


a brief intermission follows the first open mic session, to allow for equipment setup and sound checks for the feature act. The audience gets a chance to visit with neighbours, stretch their legs, refill their cups and plates, purchase CD’s, and support the coffee house by purchasing 50/50 tickets

feature acts

the feature act plays for approximately 45 minutes. Our feature acts have been interesting and varied: Vancouver's Joanna Chapman-Smith, Sorrento's Chris Stevens, Tom Coles, Blu & Kelly Hopkins from Silver Creek, Jane & Larry Stephenson from Salmon Arm,The Creeks from Vernon, Kelowna's Jane Eamon and Gord Brush, and lots of locals including Margit Sky Project, John Clinch (Sleepless Nights), Art Pruce, Trevor Caswell, Wiley, Kelly Winders, Kelly Spencer & Jon Treichel, Doc & The Disorderlies, Jeremy Kneeshaw Trio and others too numerous to mention. Check out our tab "feature act program" for more details


we hold six events per year, normally on the third Saturday of October, November, January, February, March and April, unless there is a conflicting statutory holiday.  Be sure to register for email reminders.  You will receive an email about upcoming coffee houses one week before and again on the day of each event. From time to time we may also inform you of other local, live music coffee houses and other events such as house concerts. You may unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time


the Barnhartvale Coffee House was founded in May 1998 by local resident and musician/performer Rosemary Ash, and Rosemary was the booking agent for 20 years until December 2018. We wish her well in her retirement, including travelling and musical adventures with new husband Dave Kneeshaw. A core of volunteers will carry on Rosemary's legacy.

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It is truly a community enterprise, and over the years many volunteers have contributed to its ongoing success.

Audience support for the Barnhartvale Coffee House is strong, as is open mic participation. Our event routinely attracts an audience of 100+ and many open mic performers.

the barnhartvale coffee house (bch) mandate

"The Barnhartvale Coffee House's mandate is to work with emerging amateur and professional artists from all areas of entertainment engaging audiences with traditional and contemporary works that not only entertain, but inspire creativity and an enthusiasm for the development of the performing arts in our local communities."   

barnhartvale coffee house volunteers

A big thank you to all the volunteers who help make the Coffee House a success. Your support as a volunteer would be greatly appreciated; please click on the contact us link/tab if you are willing to volunteer