Although Toronto boasts a large number of open mics, not many are devoted to the songwriter. Samantha Martin, a songwriter and performer herself, started Manic Monday Songwriter Night at Bar Radio to remedy this unfortunate gap in the live music scene. Samantha opens with some of her own originals, hosts the evening, serves as the dedicated sound person, and closes with a jam. The Songwriter Night is a relaxed, supportive venue for writers who want to share their songs or try out new material. Spontaneous musical collaboration is welcome!
Manic Monday started in March with a weekly songwriter night but, as of now, is moving to a monthly format since Samantha and the other hosts are busy working musicians. The next two Manic Mondays will be August 4th and September 8th. They will usually fall on the first Monday of the month but check the FB page to confirm before heading there with your guitar. In the meantime you can catch Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar at Hillside Festival this weekend.
[Bar Radio 615 College Street, Toronto, first Monday of the month – usually 8-11pm]