Many new open stages have a modest start, a few people come out, words gets around and the event gradually builds a following. Not so with this newest addition to the Guelph “shared music” scene. The inaugural open mic at the Magnolia Café, hosted by Ian Reid, was launched with a full complement of players and listeners – every seat filled! If the first night is any indication, this is definitely a “listening room”. The audience was everything you’d want (attentive, appreciative, supportive), the music was entertaining and the food was delicious.
The open mic will continue every Tuesday 7-9pm (sign up starts at 6:30), $2 cover if you’re not performing. Congrats, Ian, on a great opening night!
[Magnolia Café, 88 Yarmouth Street, Guelph; Tuesday 7-9 pm, $2 cover unless performing]
Looking for some music to chase away the midwinter chill? Want to let a hibernating song out to see its shadow? Southern Ontario has a lot to offer – here is just a sampling (including two uke events):
Brantford Open Stage – Friday, February 1st @ 8 pm – 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford; Admission $4 (performers free)
Hamilton Folk Club – Tuesday, February 12 @ 8 pm – The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton; Admission $4 – This will also mark the club’s 31st birthday!
Uke Club #2, Saturday, February 23 @ 1:15 pm – Long & McQuade in Guelph, 30 Arrow Road; Admission $6
*NEW* Open Mic at the Magnolia Café, hosted by Ian Reid – Tuesday, February 12 @7-9 pm; Admission $2 for non-performers (“pay or play”) – 88 Yarmouth Street, Guelph
Corktown Uke Jam – While the Dominion on Queen boasts a weekly uke jam, Wednesday, February 13 @8-11 pm is a special N’Awlins Theme Nite, Kevin Fox as host; Admission $5 – 500 Queen Street East, Toronto
Random Acts of Music at Schinbein’s Studio in Mitchell – Country/folk open mic & jam on Saturdays (1-4:30 pm) and Blues open mic & jam on Thursdays (7-10 pm) – 117 St. Andrew Street, Mitchell
Tuesday night acoustic jam (7-11 pm) in Elora is alive and well at the Café Creperie (no cover) – 40 Mill Street West, Elora