This new open mic has been running about 2 months now, every Wednesday evening in the lobby of the Chrysalids Theatre. Host Christen Zuch starts the night off with a few tunes. This particular evening was quiet, only about a dozen people there, but most nights attract a larger crowd. Every other week there is a house band that kicks off the evening and can offer support (bass, drums, guitar) to open mic performers.
One highlight was listening to Brendan Stephens & Chelsea Lights who played resonator guitar, kazoo and washboard; 18 year old Brendan is on his way to Memphis in January for the International Blues Competition.
[Open Mic at the L Lounge, 137 Ontario St N, Kitchener; every Wednesday 9 – 11:30 pm; no cover]