Ian Reid drew a lot of performers and supporters out for his first Rockwood open mic last Saturday. There were folks from Toronto, Hamilton, KW, Elora, Fergus, Guelph, as well as Rockwood who came to sing and play and make merry. A full house – and a lot of great music.
The venue – Chompin at the Bit – was so full they ran out of seats and tables but people kept arriving. Very few menu options if you don’t want to eat meat but friendly service and local brews on tap. Although the place was busy, the section where the open mic is held has a barrier of windows that helped keep ambient bar sounds from overwhelming the music.
Next open mic is planned for Saturday, May 14th, music starts at 9 pm, sign up at 8:30 (note, the place was already full at 8:30).
[Chompin at the Bit, 148 Main Street North, Rockwood; monthly around the 2nd Saturday (check website to confirm); no cover, licensed]
What a treat it was to be at the Boathouse Monday night open mic. So much great creativity and spontaneous collaboration!
Two highlights of the night were – unfortunately for us – from performers that are leaving Ontario this month: Jeremy Stuart (off to Alberta) and Lydia Mainville (heading home to New Brunswick). It’s hard not to love Jeremy’s heartfelt songwriting, sweet voice and general authenticity. Cello/Voice/Loop/Magic is how one poster describes Lydia’s music. It is magical indeed, combining the traditional with original composition, layering sound that casts a spell.
Fortunately – Lydia is hosting the open mic for the next two weeks and both are doing a whirlwind of gigs before leaving so check out their FB pages for dates (Jeremy, Lydia).
And thank you to Midnight Run for the rousing Doobie Brothers cover : )
[Boathouse Open Mic, 57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener; Mondays 8 pm; admission by donation; licensed]