open mic musicians 

Open Mic Evening & Optional Contest on 

Saturday January 20, 2018

You don't have to enter the contest - just come out and play!

All performers get to play; we will draw for order

Open mic doors open @ 6:15 pm. Use new west-side entrance.

General audience main doors open @ 6.30 pm, as usual

Music starts @ 7 pm

For complete rules, including eligibility, click here

Huge thanks to Gerry David for providing us with some wonderful shots of      our open mic musicians from our October 21 coffee house...

Waylon Moar on guitar, David Jackson on mandolin and Tom Konopski on banjo           



enjoy an evening of entertainment

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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.

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how our evening unfolds at the barnhartvale community hall 

effective 18 February 2017, 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 divided into four parts: open mic (part one), intermission, feature act and open mic (part two) if needed. 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 6:30 pm at the 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 started in May 1998 by local resident and musician/performer Rosemary Ash.  

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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