Another long standing musical gathering, the Lazy Cat Café has been welcoming people to this east end open mic for 20 years. The format:

IMG_6970two songs (10 minute) sets for open mic-ers with a 25 minute feature set about half way through.

Hosts (and songwriters) Linda Lavender and David Shilman run the event in a lovely space boasting natural light andgreat acoustics. There seem to be a lot of regulars in attendance but the afternoon I visited had two first time father-daughter acts. In fact, there was a duet theme to the day, including the delightful feature set by Jack & Anita. There was a range of ages, abilities and musical styles – new performers are welcomed and encouraged.

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Although I haven’t been there myself, Linda & David would like you to know about their other venture in the open mic world: the Woodshed Open Mic (@Lazy Daisy’s Café, 1515 Gerrard St E) 8:00-10:30 pm on the second Saturday of the month.


[Lazy Cat Café, Bain Co-op Community Centre, Riverdale, Toronto, last Sunday of the month 3:00-5:30, no cover]