“We’re here to facilitate creativity and community” is how our host, Lisa, introduces the evening. This is a homey, welcoming environment with a small but very attentive and supportive audience – a great place to bring your performing self out of the closet or try out new material. Down the hall from the music room is a workshop with art supplies that people are welcome to experiment with – all part of the RAW Creativity Network.


The RAW Creativity Network was launched in 2001 by Lisa Golem as part of her work as a counsellor using music and art therapy. Lisa resigned as a counsellor last year to turn her full-time attention to painting, writing, performing and creativity coaching. Lisa (and husband Don) have turned their home into a hub of for artists of all kinds to come together to collaborate, support and inspire each other.

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photo credit: Carolyn Dawn Good

The RAW Beats n’ Jam intimate coffee house has existed in its current format for a couple of years. The evening usually starts with a couple of feature performers followed by an open mic. Check the Events section of the website for upcoming dates.

[RAW Beats n’ Jam Intimate Coffee House, Kitchener – $2 cover; check website for dates & location: http://www.rawcreativity.net/]