Review: Creativity Night – Corean Canadian Creatives

JinWoo Jung performing at Creativity Night
JinWoo Jung performing at Creativity Night

I can never resist live music so I was happy to be invited to Corean Canadian Creative’s first Creativity Night, which had a music focus. The evening consisted of two presentations, one dance performance and seven music performances – all of which were entertaining and fun – along with socializing and networking afterwards. 

In addition to the performances and presentations; the admission ticket included an open bar, pizza at the beginning of the evening, finger foods at the networking portion afterwards, and lots of interesting people to chat with.

First off, I loved the venue – Jam Factory Co. – it had the perfect feel for a coffee house evening. Okay, it was a coffee house but the upstairs is an open event space that was just artsy & rustic enough to lend a great vibe.

The two MCs for the evening did a fab job
The two MCs for the evening did a fab job

Two MCs guided everyone through the evening and did a good job of keeping the everything flowing from one performer to the next and the audience informed of what was happening. I loved how they spoke in both Korean and English so I didn’t have to rely on my limited Korean to learn about the performers.

So what were the performances like?

They were all around good with each performer have their own energy and stamp on their performance. 

Alex Chung speaking at Creativity Night
Alex Chung speaking at Creativity Night

Alex Chung

One of the two presentations of the evening, Alex spoke about being a “creative”. It was an interesting talk and I was especially intrigued by his manner of defining “creative.” Great lead in for the evening.

Henna Choi performing at Creativity Night
Henna Choi performing at Creativity Night

Henna Choi

She had a smooth, jazzy voice and chose songs that suited her voice. I’d love to hear more from her.

Na Hyun Moon performing at Creativity Night
Na Hyun Moon performing at Creativity Night

Na Hyun Moon (with Andrew on guitar)

She had a powerful, sweet voice. Interesting contract between her first and second song, the second one had me almost expecting her to dance.

June Kum performing at Creativity Night
June Kum performing at Creativity Night

Jane Kum

The one dancer of the evening, she danced to two Western and two K-pop songs. While she was obviously talented, the smile on her face while performing showed how much she enjoyed dancing.

Sam Kim performing at Creativity Night
Sam Kim performing at Creativity Night

Sam Kim

His voice held so much emotion, I almost cried, which is definitely a good trait in a ballad singer.

The crowd when I arrived...
The crowd when I arrived…

Intermission

There was a good-sized crowd – I’d estimate about 100 people but that’s just a guess (estimating crowd size is not one of my skills). As expected, the demographics were mainly Koreans in their 20s and perhaps early 30s but there were also a couple of non-Koreans. 

Jacob Park speaking at Creativity Night
Jacob Park speaking at Creativity Night

Jacob Park (Sup3rcob) & JK Shin (J.Kido)

They were the second presentations of the evening but unfortunately I can’t comment about what they said as it was in Korean other than it was about being DJs.

Jenn Im performing at Creativity Night
Jenn Im performing at Creativity Night

Jenn Im

While I enjoyed her entire performance, I think the second song she sung totally suited her voice and was a pleasure to listen to. Plus her short talk resounded with me.

JinWoo Jung performing at Creativity Night
JinWoo Jung performing at Creativity Night

JinWoo Jung

He was singer-songwriter who sang in both Korean and English and who came with his own cheering section (his friends) which was cute. His stage presence and presentation was the most polished of the group (he was the only one who truly promoted his music by showing the audience where to buy it). And it worked as I went online to check it out after getting home.

Keirifer & FourPiece performing at Creativity Night
Keirifer & FourPiece performing at Creativity Night

Keirifer & FourPiece & (Team O.V.M.C.)

This was an interesting amalgamation two girls (Keirifer) and two members of FourPiece, a band. Both duos performed as well as all four singing together and while they all had good voices that blended well together; FourPiece had a ton of personality which made them fun to watch.

The crowd when I arrived...
The crowd when I arrived…

Final Thoughts

All in all, it was a lovely evening. I honestly enjoyed all of the performers. Not only were they all fun to listen to but there was a personal, almost intimate feeling to the evening as the performers all shared a little about themselves and what being creative means to them. As someone who’s always thought of myself as creative, I identified with a lot of what was being said.

Based on their first two events – they had a networking party previously – I would definitely recommend attending their next event if you can. 

For more information about Corean Canadian Creatives and their next Creativity Night, check out their website or Facebook page.

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Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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