This is where you want to be to find Open Mics, Song Circles, Coffeehouses, pubs, and other venues where you can play music as well as listen!
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Last updated... January 16, 2015
As Holmes Hooke said, "even if the road should end, the song will travel on." I'll drink to that!
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Questions and Comments, or to add/delete an event: please email Jives ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep in mind that, although I do my best to try to keep this page current, you should check to make sure the event in which you are interested is actually happening.
OpenFolk is back with its Sunday Open Stage & Studio ... 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Barrie. Your genial host for the weekly gathering is Doc Higgins. email@example.com . January 18 - Feature Artist is JEFFREY MILLER * * * Always STREAMED LIVE on the OpenFolk.net. You can find a list of upcoming feature performers on the website (along with general info, artist profiles, and a map) http://www.openfolk.net
OpenFolk !! (FREE - not-for-profit, cooperative orientation) It's a bit more than an Open Stage, it's a community Studio. Yes, Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. come try it out. It's free. Lots of opportunity for Open Stage sets for everyone. And, of course, those who just want to listen and enjoy are very welcome. BYOB if you wish.
Kirk Felix is hosting an Open Mic at Good Times Bar and Grill on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month beginning on November 20, 2014 from 7 pm to 11 pm. Sign-up begins at 6:30pm. All acoustic, sorry no keyboard...everyone welcome to share their artistic talent.
This is at 17080 Bathurst Street, Newmarket, just north of Mulock on the left.
Limelight Orillia takes place the second Friday of each month at Alladin's Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississaga St W, Orillia, Ontario.
Performances range from dance, music, original poetry, readings from short storys, spoken word, and even whistling! There is always something new to discover and the audience votes each month for a winner.
Fifty percent of proceeds from these events go to The Couchiching Community Initiative, a project of Camp Couchiching. The CCI provides local programs and resources with social value to the community of Orillia. Visit https://www.facebook.com/CouchichingCommunityInitiative
Doors open at 7:00pm and the show begins at 7:30pm. To register contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffin Bay Folk Club's Open Mic takes place Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the Midland Cultural Centre, King Street, in Midland. There's a P.A. set up so you only need to bring your instruments and plug in. Check the MCC's website for more details or email Nonie: email@example.com
The Sunshine Ukelele Network will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Orillia Public Library - meeting room # 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All uke lovers are welcome. No expertise required. You can check out the facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canoe Fresh Food Market, also known as The Bakery, in beautiful downtown Washago, has started hosting a live music event once a month on Saturdays; starts at 8 PM. Probably seats and stands about 35-40 people and it was packed last time. The coffee and tea and food is amazing, not to mention the music and the whole social event. Nice people and nice surroundings and ambience.
On hiatus for the winter months!
Acoustic open mic, hosted by John Prince Thursdays from 7:00-11:00pm at Offsides Sports Bar & Grille, 200 Simcoe Ave. Keswick, across from Food Basics. Bring your guitar,fiddle, banjo etc., just get up & sing, or come along & listen to some local talent...
The Library Restaurant, 526 Hugel Ave., Midland, ON will host an Open Mic/Jam every Tuesday night in The Study (or Patio weather permitting) beginning at 8:00pm and wrapping up around midnight. This is a great time to showcase your skills, or hear from some local talents - live and interactive! :) The Library also presents live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9:00pm For information call (705) 528-0100,email email@example.com or visit http://www.thelibraryrestaurant.ca/
The Barrie Folk Society, in conjunction with the Barrie Public Library, hosts An Unplugged Friday Night Open Stage at the downtown library. Watch the BarrieFolk website for details. www.barriefolk.com Door opens at 6:30 for performers to sign up. Music plays from 7:00-9:00ish. Donations are welcome.
All ages are encouraged to attend and share their musical talents.
The Brownstone, 178 Mississaga Street, Orillia has an Open Mic beginning at 9:00pm on Tuesday evenings.
For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org . 705-330-5708
Larry Christopher & crew invite you out to a 10:00am-10:00pm Open Mic every Thursday at TLC Bistro & Cafe,
41 Maple Street, Barrie. email@example.com 705-730-1712. You can drop by any day TLC is open and play a few tunes. What a great oppotunity...and the food's delicious! http://www.tlcbistroandcafe
Orillia Folk Society sponsors the Monday Night Song Circle every Monday from 7-10pm. Join in with a song or just come to enjoy a wide variety of musical styles and talents. Friends' Meeting House, 231Westmount Drive South (very south), Orillia, Ontario. Toss in a twonnie + $1. for coffee and costs.
For information contact Jives firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open Stage every Thursday as GOOD VIBES Coffeehouse has a 7:00pm start (arrive early if you plan to sign up for your 15 minutes of fame) at Mt. St. Louis Parish Hall, 4th Con and Mt. St. Louis Road. Light refreshments are available. $5.00 donation for those who can afford to pay. For information contact John Vella 705-528-0611. website : Good Vibes
Washago Jam takes place the third Wednesday of every month (from September till June) at the Lions Hall in Washago. It is mostly rock and blues and plugged in! Lots of fun I am told! 7 pm till 11 pm.
Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project Blues Jam happens every Wednesday evening at The Beacon Restaurant, 146 - 45th Street North, (Mosley Street at 45th Street in Wasaga Beach). 7:00-11:00pm. Phone # 705.429.4050. Musicians are encouraged to bring their own Instrument (voice,guitar, bass, sticks, etc). Sit in, or just sit back and listen to some blues while enjoying some great food and a beverage. Wednesday evenings in Wasaga Beach will never be the same!
TREE RING TUESDAYS starts up in 4 venues in Bracebridge, Huntsville and Burks Falls featuring the fine regional performers of TREE RING RECORDS. Every Tuesday night from 8 pm - 10 pm, you can catch a double bill featuring singer/songwriters on a "pay what you can" basis. This means that a hat (or something to catch $ in) will be passed and all that you will be asked for is what you can afford to pay that will be monetarily beneficial to the artists. Tuesdays are Wing Night at Michael's On Main, so come and munch and wash it down with some fine Highlander Beer as you feast your ears and soul. For reservations call (705) 384-5447.
Wild Angel Coffee House, 266 Albert Street in Victoria Harbour, has moved to a new day. To accomodate everyone, we are moving to the last Saturday of each month, starting May 31. Doors open at 7:00p:m. Hope to see you at the coffeehouse.
Circle jam on Thursday nights at The Surf in Balm Beach begins at 7pm hosted by Cathryn and Tom.
In this format each person introduces a song, inviting others to play along, or add a break, or harmonies.
It will be strictly acoustic. The point of the jam is to share music with other musicians, much like an old fashioned céilidh (kitchen party). Bring an instrument, your enthusiasm (or restraint) and enjoy an evening of DIY music. Contact Cathryn at email@example.com for more information and directions.
The music is live at the Lady Bug Cafe, 342 King Street in Midland every Tuesday evening from 5:00-8:00pm. The LadyBug Cafe features freshly made sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods, freshly brewed coffee, tea, cappuccino, espresso and latte, and is fully licensed.
Truly Bluegrass is hosting a "stage jam" at Salvatore's, 263 Queen St., Port Perry, on the first Thursday of every month. Come to listen, or bring your bluegrass instrument to have some stage time. We had a great turn out in February, with lots of audience, Rosewood, and numerous individual pickers and singers. Great food, beverages of your choice, and bluegrass music .......... who could ask for anything more? Did I mention the scrumptious pastries? Mmmmm!
Aurora Folk and Blues Society meets most Tuesday Nights - 7:00 pm 'til 10:00 pm at Jonathan's, 14845 Yonge St in Aurora for a Jam/Open Mic night. Patty McLaughlin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditional Music Sessions at The Dam Pub, Thornbury from 8 to 10 p.m., every second and fourth Wednesday. For traditional tune players (Irish, Scottish, Canadian, Quebecois etc. with traditional singers welcome). Suitable for all levels. www.thedampub.ca
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Queen's Bush Bluegrass Jam at Joe Tomato's Restaurant, 640 10 Street West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 3R8
Also a weekly Bluegrass Jam at the Owen Sound Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Thursday nights at 7:00 pm
The Orillia Folk Society, in co-operation with the Orillia Farmer's Market, is pleased to present Music in the Marketplace. (9:00-noon every Saturday May through September at the Orillia Opera House), West & Mississauga Streets, Orillia. Toss a few bucks in the case to help support the OFS's community outreach programme.
The Haliburton County Folk Society
presents an *OPEN STAGE* on the third Saturday of each month at the Haliburton Highlands Museum (see map) 66 Museum Road, Haliburton, Ontario ... 705-457-8902 Host: Kris Kadwell . For more information, contact email@example.com or call(705) 754-FOLK (3655).http://www.haliburtonfolk.com/
Open Mike Old Courthouse Theatre, 1235 3rd Ave East, Owen Sound (above the GBFS office) the second Friday each month at 7 pm for our Open Mike series. Players are invited to perform 3 or 4 previously rehearsed tunes, original or covers. All ages are welcome, sign up at the door. We have a comfortable 55 seat hall, professional sound system and lighting. This is great for anyone who is polishing their act, pro's wanting to try out some new material or anyone who is a basement player and just wanted to see what it feels like to get 'up on stage'. We especially welcome young performers to come out and develop their musical talent. This is a casual evening for all. A guest host will open and close each one. $5 admission at the door, players and GBFS members admitted free.
Fiddlers and music lovers...First Friday Fiddle Jams in Orangeville. Please come if you can, and tell your friends as well. We will be in the Friendship Room at Westminster United Church on Broadway (you can honestly say you have played on Broadway!!) from 7 pm to 11 pm. Bring a pop or a coffee if you wish, and be prepared to enjoy some great music. FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH- mark it on your calendars. For more information contact Eleanor@firstname.lastname@example.org
Juice & Java House located at 20 Main St. S, Brampton, Ontario will be hosting Acoustic Musician’s Night on Friday nights between 7:30 and 9:00. Come out with your instrument and your songs and share your talent with all the Folks over a cup o’coffee. The microphone will be turned on and will be waiting. The Juice & Java House is located in the heart of the old town of Brampton on Main Street (Hwy 10) right across from the City Hall. For more information toss us an email at ...JuiceJavaHouse[spamblocker]@aol.com.
BARRIE EARTHDRUM ... Intuitive drumming/sound circle. Membership of over 50 people. Anyone is welcome; extra drums and lots of percussion toys available. Bring a chair. Contact: Rachel Strauss at email@example.com
There is a community drum circle held the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Community Care Centre, 70 Wellington Street West, Barrie. Times are 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments and percussion instruments provided. Contact person is Anne Marie Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org. For persons 16years of age and older.
There is a community drum circle held on the 4th Wednesday evening of each month at the Canadian Mental Health Association, 39 High Street, Barrie. Times are 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Contact person is Anne Marie Ireland at email@example.com. For persons 16 years of age and older.
The BRACEBRIDGE COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE meets at 7:30 Tuesday nights. Free. Everyone is welcome, from the beginner to the well experienced. Drummers and dancers most welcome. As well, instruments which compliment drumming such as australian didgeridoos, Tibetan Buddhist's horns and bowls, native flutes, etc...are more than welcome. Please feel free to bring shakers, rattles, shakeres, agogo bells, cow bells, and any other hand percussion instruments. For more information please contact Leslee Tassie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mi-Shell Jessen at Bearpaw@muskoka.com
Willie P. Bennett
My favourite Willie P. story involves a sunny afternoon, a shady hillside, a perfect landscape featuring the Superior shoreline and Willie playing a harmonica duet with a train. You really had to be there to feel the magic as he played the harp into the sound hole of his mandolin and listened to the sweet music echo off the Paju.
I remember someone asking him later how much he had paid the engineer.
He has more great songs out of print than most Canadian songwriters have ever written. He will be sorely missed!
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