On November 8th, Tessa Jennison launched Potum et Musica, a weekly event at Kitchener’s Marisol Restaurante, designed to showcase music, art and food. The talented Tessa starts off the open mic around 9:00 pm and then performers are invited to sign up for 15-minute spots (time permitting) from 9:30 to 2:00 am.
Tessa had been hosting an open mic at the Boat House before its closure in September and it looked as though many from that music scene are migrating to Marisol. This venue attracts a range of musical styles but almost all original compositions. Tessa’s band The Short Films took the stage part way through the evening for a quick set before resuming the open mic. The sign up list wasn’t full last night but I expect that will change quickly.
A unique element of this open mic is the focus on visual arts. Each week will feature an artist whose work will be displayed and who will be present to interact with performers & patrons. Meghan Weber was the featured artist for the inaugural event. After performing (she is also a singer-songwriter), Meghan circulated through the room with paper and pencils and engaged people in an impromptu sketching exercise.
Marisol’s Chef Jeff Ward offers a small menu of $4-6 tapas to go along with your wine or craft beer. The options are pretty limited for vegetarians but the risotto balls and fritas (seasoned fries) I tried were delicious.
Note: This event is no longer happening at Marisol; check out Imbibe (10 King St W, Kitchener) for more creative fusion of food, art & music, Thursday 8-11 pm.
[Potum et Musica at Marisol Restaurante, 30 Ontario St S, Kitchener, every Thursday 9 pm – 2 am; sliding cover $2-5]