Open Mic Showcases Students’ Knowledge And Skills

February 7th, 2012 | Entertainment | No Comments »

Story, image and video by Mickey Djuric.

MBM students set up and run the event Open Mic Day. Above, Trista Sotela performs in front of an E.P. Taylor's crowd.

The music was pumping out of the speakers, students were belting out and it’s all called homework for the Music Business Management (MBM) students at Durham College.

MBM students put together an open mic day at E.P. Taylor’s on February 6 as part of their course load called an initiative. There are 16 initiatives in total that combined replicate a mock music industry here on campus.

The initiatives are designed to give students hands-on experience before entering into their field.

“Everything we do is geared toward what we want to do,” said Carolynne Colbeck a first year MBM student who helped put together the open mic event. “This is what I want to do. I listen to live music, and get credit for it. It’s wicked.”

Some initiatives include MBM concert productions, Riot Radio, Backrow Records, Open Mic, and Homegrown Publicity.

Open mic Day is curriculum-based, so planning this event and putting it together all count for hours that lead to passing that course. Each initiative is a different course in the program.

Students in the open mic initiative were responsible for finding the talent. “We network locally, and promote the event as well as secure the venue,” said Braeden Mitchell a second year MBM student who also helps run open mic day. “Sometimes we visit other local open mic’s to find people. It’s not just students that can perform, it’s open to the public.”

There are four more open mic’s left this semester, happening on the first two Mondays of each month.If you’re interested in performing at an upcoming event or for more information check out the MBM program website.

Follow the video below to listen to some of the performers at open mic day.

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