A Week at Curious & Kind Workshops, Open Mics, Performances and More! - theHumm September 2019
A Week at Curious & Kind Workshops, Open Mics, Performances and More! - theHumm September 2019
By — Danielle K.L. Grégoire
How is it September already?! I know we are all feeling it, the end of summer, back-to-school feelings. This year I am greeting the fall with elation, because this year I go into the autumn with a very exciting new thing in my life.
After writing my very first business plan (for an arts venue in the shape of a cup) at the tender age of sixteen a whole twenty-four years ago (I’m proud of the math and having made it to the delicious age of 40!), I finally have my very own venue. In Almonte! The plan has changed a little in twenty years and now it is a performance space, crafting place, workshop room, podcasting studio, soap pouring lab, community centre for kind and curious happenings with a focus on spoken word art forms like comedy, storytelling, poetry, literary readings, lectures, talks and thoughtful discourse.
As of September, Curious & Kind will be open daily from 11am to 3pm on weekdays so you can drop by for a chat, sit on the couch and look out onto the river, or read a book. Come draw something, or craft at a table by yourself, with a friend or your children. Come learn how to pour soap and take a bar home for you or someone you like! Check out our fabulous mural of the first woman to ever go up in a hot air balloon in Canada (it happened in Almonte 140 years ago!). I want to hear your dreams for the space.
I also started this business so I can continue to spend quality time with my children. Hence the hours. I can drop them off at school and pick them up to play and hear about their days then head back in the evening to run events for the town.
What would a typical week at Curious & Kind look like? Good question! I’ve never been great at typical, but there will nearly always be something happening!
Mondays will be reserved for workshops, and in September there will be a drop-in storytelling workshop every Monday from 7–8:30pm. $10 suggested donation, and all ages are welcome.
Every Tuesday from 6:30–9pm there is a creative process night called Message in a Bottle where you can come bring something you’re working on, be it writing, knitting, drawing, photography, poetry or wool carding. Come together with your peers and get to know them, head off to work on your creative project and come back to share your progress at the end of the night. It helps keep us accountable, and also it builds community in flux where everyone is welcome, and we are inspired by each other.
Wednesday we will be closed because there are some special rehearsals going on (and it means I get the night off — which is so important for a healthy life/work balance!).
Thursdays we will be doing longer term workshops. Stand-up comedy, podcasting, storytelling, poetry or anything you might be really into and want to learn more about. These 8-week workshops will end in a performance or showcase of some kind so you can share what you’ve been doing with your friends. Come down and sign up for our regular emails to find out about upcoming workshops or to suggest one of your own!
Every Friday is an open mic. September’s themes are Home / Taking Chances and the kind of open mic changes weekly. The first Friday is storytelling, the second is comedy, the third is poetry, and the fourth Friday will be an acoustic open mic, so you can sing a capella or bring your ukulele, perform a story or poem, or talk about something you’re excited about. Fridays are for coming to show off what you love!
On Saturday there will be some sort of event in the evening. Or a wedding. Or a lecture. Or a movie. Some improv. A puppet show. A board game night. If you have an idea for a Saturday come and tell me. I want this to be the kind of place that we build together. On September 28 we actually have CR Avery coming to play at a short poetry open mic with special guests Elaine Marilyse and Dimorphic
Sundays in September we will likely be closed, because of ye olde work/life balance, but if you’d like to rent the space to host something we can figure it out. Except for the second Sunday of every month, because we have an in-house sketch group, Adventure in Your Ear, doing a serial podcast from 7–9pm which is open to folks ages 18+ because some of the themes are hilarious but aren’t necessarily appropriate for children.
Wow. You are right. That is a full week, every week. I’m going to figure out a groove and eventually there will be non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks, and crafts for you to purchase. All that will grow as Curious & Kind finds its place here in Almonte, Mississippi Mills and the Valley.
This is my dream — to build a rural centre for the arts that celebrates community — and I hope you’ll be a part of building it with me.
For more information, or to buy tickets for the events check out curiousandkind.ca or like Curious & Kind Inc. on Facebook.
With curiosity and kindness,
By Sally Hansen
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