If you’ve attended an event or workshop already since its opening reception on February 20, then you know I am talking about the Gore Street Cafe’s Fishbowl Festival.
“It’s like running the normal cafe X 3 or 4,” says one of the two proprietors Sam Decter.
“We thought things were going to slow down for us and other businesses for this time of year so it was a way to bring people downtown,” said the other owner Nicole Dyble.
Bringing people downtown is exactly what it has been doing, with packed to capacity events every weekend since its start.
The Fishbowl Festival runs until March 20 and festival passes have now been reduced to $15 for the second half.
What started out as close to a dozen events soon ballooned into 40 by the time the clock was ticking to start the festival.
“Networking with a fair amount of people, artists and organizations is what made it possible,” said Decter.
People from the local arts community and community organizations like the Indian Friendship Centre, the Neighbourhood Resource Centre or NRC and NORDIK all pitched in with ideas for events and programming when Decter and Dyble first started planning the festival back in December.
“Even though it’s tough to do the festival or demanding, it’s where we want to get to,” Decter said concerning the festival and future of the cafe.
“I see there is a demand for it. If there’s any support for it in the marketplace i totally want to do that, whether it’s events at the cafe or elsewhere.”
“There’s a lot of people contributing the content that’s going on,” Thomas said. “It’s cool because it reminds me of my home back in Ohio.”
“How are we going to do all this stuff?,” asked Evans hypothetically. “Then someone signs on board.”
And it’s entertainment for all ages too.
This spring break for highschoolers will be especially full if they make it down to the cafe. There’s programming for them all March break long.
The cafe has been thriving in the Sault’s downtown and it has been a great start to the year for them with their first anniversary of the cafe in January, the Fishbowl Festival and their award for Innovation Social Entrepreneurship from the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.