I paid a visit to this fledgling open mic at a new Guelph venue: Sapphire Café & Lounge.

Here is a description of owner Dino Busato’s vision for Sapphire: “Music has been Dino’s passion since he was a young kid. He dreamed of having his own club to host music in. Sapphire was born in June 2013 and the music just keeps getting better and better!”  In addition to the live music presented other nights of the week Dino launched an open mic at the end of September 2014.

IMG_7491Hosted by Donny Sawchuk, the open mic runs 9 pm until closing on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Songwriter Donny kicked off the evening with an original tune and added a few more between open mic participants.  Sapphire is a relaxed, intimate venue where spontaneous musical collaboration is encouraged. The menu is unique and carefully prepared (avocado fries, homemade ice cream, individual thin crust pizza, fair trade organic coffee, intriguing cocktails).

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[Sapphire Café & Lounge, 17 Macdonell Street, Guelph; 2nd & 4th Saturdays 9 pm – 1 am, no cover]