The Performers Café has been running for a number of years and is a free open mic at a local café in Moose Jaw for emerging and established artists. We feature ‘headliners’ who are intended to serve as mentors for aspiring musicians, writers, storytellers, etc. The Performers Café provides local artists with a venue to showcase their talents while also allowing new artists to gain experience performing in front of an audience, and an opportunity to network with one another. It is a non-judgemental forum with the goal of encouraging the expression of creativity with no barriers due to age, gender, race, religion, artistic discipline, or sexual orientation.
If you would like to be considered to be a headliner for the next season, please send an example of your work to 

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words has always been committed to creating opportunities for writers and artists in the community. Performers Café began through a desire to encourage non-established artists to practice their art in an open and inclusive environment. Many of the headliners are performers who have been participating in Performers Café for years. This year, we are ecstatic to announce our new RBC Performers Cafe Emerging Artist Award, which is open to all headliners in the next year.


In August, the public will be able to vote for their favourite headliner.

The votes, with consultation from the Performers Café committee, will

determine who will win the Emerging Artist Award. Through the generous

sponsorship of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, we will be able to award

the winner a $1000 cash prize. Funding from RBC will cover the prize for

the 2018 and 2019 winners, and hopefully many more.


The first RBC Performers Café Emerging Artist Award was presented to Terri Bosner in September 2018.

Performers Café Line-Up

September 26 - Shane Arbuthnott
October 31 - Chris Webber
November 28 - Liberty Skye
January 30 - Big Mo
February 27 - Imogen Rennie

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