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...November 9, 2016
As Holmes Hooke said, "even if the road should end, the song will travel on." I'll drink to that!
In fact, in light of the nightmare government in the process of being elected south of the border (we need a fence) I may drink a lot.
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Just discovered that Patty McLaughlin has been hosting a Song Circle at the Innisfil Library (Lakeshore Branch) on the second Wednesday of each month. Patty's love for the music and sincere encouragement of performers of all ages and every stage of development is legendary. Check it out! 7-9pm
as of September 12, 2016 The Orillia Folk Society's Monday Night Song Circle is moving to The Leacock Retirement Lodge Ltd., at 298 Forest Avenue in Orillia (on the corner of Forest Ave & Atherly Road (entrance on Forest Avenue). The Circle will meet every Monday in The Rosetta Room (on the ground floor) from 7pm till 10pm.
There is plenty of parking and tasty beverages of various kinds are available.
Performers of all ages, experience and musical genres are WELCOME. For information contact Peter: email@example.com
Check out Midland Jams... held every other Monday night with full lights and sound on the main stage Rotary Hall at the Midland Cultural Centre, King Street in Midland.
The Jam is mostly an open mic although folks play with each other and accompany singers. Technically itís an electric open mic but acoustic players are welcome as well . In fact, everyone is welcome and all genres are represented but it does lean towards rock as opposed to folk. It's a real cross-section of people from Midland, Barrie and surrounding areas who are a responsive and friendly bunch.
Load in, doors open@ 6:30 for a 7:00pm start. For more information contact Colleen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty McLaughlin hosts a Song Circle every Tuesday from 7 - 10pm in Aurora. On the first, third (and sometimes fifth) Tuesday of the month, it is held at "Aw, Shucks! Oyster Bar & Bistro" at 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ON. And on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, it is held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 105 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, ON. Contact: email@example.com
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The Library Restaurant, 526 Hugel Ave., Midland, ON will host an Open Mic/Jam every Thursday 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 Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9:00pm For information call (705) 528-0100,email firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com . 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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.
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. Summer only.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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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