Quinns signOttawa has a lot of open mics to choose from and a relative newcomer to the scene is Quinn’s Ale House. If you are looking for a laid back, small venue, Quinn’s has an open mic on Sunday night with local brews on tap. The pub has a relaxed candle-lit ambiance and no stage – just a mic set up in the corner in front an comfy chair. Brad Alford is a welcoming host who starts the evening off with a few tunes then opens it up to the room.

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As a alternative to the usual sports events shown in pubs, one of the two TVs was showing vintage movies – with close captioning – so I could listen to live music while watching Doris Day and Rock Hudson spin a romantic comedy! I had to avert my eyes while singing so the plot didn’t distract me from the lyrics.

[Quinn’s, 1070 Bank Street, Ottawa; every Sunday, about 9-11 pm; no cover]