Month: October 2012

Venue: L-Lounge, Kitchener,ON

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]

Shaman Ayerhart at the Eaglewood Open Stage

I love the Eaglewood Open Stage – unplugged, outside surrounded by rocks and trees, and very inclusive (read more about eaglewood this summer and last) . The host of the open stage is a big part of setting the tone for the event and  Shaman Ayerhart is one example of a wonderful host. He keeps the momentum going so everyone gets a chance to play and everyone feels welcome.Here is a clip from this summer’s open stage where our host shares one of his own songs – a little splash of summer as the weather gets colder: