Ottawa’s Ultimate Guide to Open Mics in the City

Ottawa’s Ultimate Guide to Open Mics in the City

Last Updated: June 7, 2019

**Be sure to hit up our monthly calendar by clicking on “Open Mic/Jam” in the “Music Genre” filter on the right to display all of the open mics happening each month – sometimes there are one-off Open Mics that aren’t posted here as they are only held occasionally.**

Ottawa is busting at the seams with new local music! There are tons of concerts every night all over the city that feature great local musicians sharing and honing their talent, but open mics offer a special kind of entertainment and offer a sense of community. They are a fantastic way for audiences to see cheap (or free!) shows and for musicians to try out new musical material. There are also lots of open mics in Ottawa that bring together seasoned musicians for improvisatory jam sessions –  the kind of musical mixing that doesn’t always happen in regular ol’ concert fare. This is our ultimate guide to Ottawa open mics, which we hope you’ll enjoy!

There are open mic shows hosted every night in Ottawa, though they may be hard to find. We list as many as we can get our hands on and update this guide frequently. If you know of any and would like to add them to our calendar — or know of any that have been discontinued, please send the details to


  249 Richmond Road
 Hosted by Spirit of Rasputin’s
7pm-10pm (lottery at 6:40)

Moose McGuire’s
  3320 McCarthy Rd
 Hosted by Fabien Melanson
(613) 680-4411
Starts at 9:30pm

The Juke Joint Soul Kitchen
  3740 Carp Rd
 Hosted by Bill Martin
(613) 470-8888

Rainbow Bistro
 76 Murray Street
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 9pm


Meow! That’s Hot
  519 Bank Street
(613) 695-7567
 Sign up at 7:30pm
 Music: 8pm – 10pm

Barley Mow Bank Street (**every last Tuesday of the month**)
 1060 Bank Street
 Sign up at 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9 pm

Cantina Sur
 665 Bronson Ave
(613) 567-7373
 Music: 7pm-11pm

Royal Oak Blair (**every second Tuesday of the month**)
 2067 Meadowbrook Rd
(613) 741-0072
 Music: 7pm-11pm

Ottawa Moose Lodge
303 Kendall Ave
 Music starts: 6pm

The Neighbourhood Pub  (**currently on hold – check back soon**)
2557 Baseline Rd
(613) 482-9602
 Sign up: just show up
  Hosted by Jayla
 Music: 7pm -11pm

Irene’s  Jazz Jam
  885 Bank St
(613) 230-4474
 Hosted by Beeched Wailers
 Music starts: 10pm

Royal Oak – Kanata
 329 March Road
(613) 591-3895
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Blue Mondays at Cafe Nostalgica (**first Tuesday of the month**)
 601 Cumberland Street
(613) 562-5800 ext. 3000
 Hosted by uOttawa’s Undergraduate English Students’ Association (open to all)
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 8:30pm

The Laff (Chateau Lafayette)
 42 York Street
(613) 241-4747
 Hosted by the legendary John Carroll.
 Sign up: after 7pm
 Music starts: 9pm

TUNESday Nights at L!VE on Elgin
 220 Elgin Street
(613) 695-5483
 Sign up: 8:15pm
 Music starts: 8:45pm


Daniel O’Connell’s
 1211 Wellington Street West
(613) 724-2200
 Sign up: 8pm

Neat Coffee Shop (**every last Wednesday of the month**)
1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown
 Mike McCormick
 Music: 8pm-11pm

Gracie’s Brew Pub
 1151 Ogilvie Rd.
The Flying Hibachis, Jimmy Loves Milk or Nick Straccini
 Sign up: 7pm
 Music: 7:30pm-10:30pm

Kaffe 1870
715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-3943
 Music starts at 9pm

Avant-Garde Bar — Open Jam/ Jazz Fusion (**second Wednesday of every month**)
135½ Besserer St
(613) 321-8908
 Music starts: 9pm

Taproom 260 (**first Wednesday of every month**)
260 Centrum Blvd (formerly D’Arcy McGee’s Orleans)
(613) 424-2260
 Music starts: 8pm

Stittsville Legion 
  1481 Stittsville Main Street
 (613) 836-1632
 Music 7pm-9:30pm

Origin Trade
111 York Street
(613) 860-0111
 Music: 8pm-11pm

The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell St., Carleton Place
(613) 257-5755
Music: 9pm-1am


Grumpy’s Pub
 4000 Bridle Path Drive
 Hosted by Steve Mah
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

McCloskey’s Bar (**third Thursday of the month**)
22 Victoria St, Chesterville
 Music starts: 7pm

Fiddlehead’s Bar & Grill
53 Herriott Street
(613) 267-1304
 Hosted by Kevin Choffe
 Music 8pm-11pm

Brass Monkey
  250 Greenbank Road
(613) 820-1740
 Hosted by Nick Straccini
 Sign up: 7pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Atomic Rooster
  303 Bank St
 Hosted by Fabien Melanson
 Music 9pm-1am

Barley Mow Almonte
79 Little Bridge, Almonte
(613) 256-5669
 Music starts at 8:30pm

Jazzworks Jam Session at Festival Japan (**Every third Thursday of the month — Starting Sept. 20**)
149 Kent St
 Hosted by Jazz Works Ottawa
(613) 234-1224
 Music: 7:30pm-11pm

Rainbow Bistro Afternoon Open Mic (biweekly)
 76 Murray Street
 Sign up: 2:30pm
 Music starts: 3pm

The Old Town Hall 
 478 Main Street, Winchester
Alcohol free, inclusive.
 Music starts: 7pm

The Neighbourhood Pub
 2557 Baseline Rd
 Music starts: 8pm

Alice’s Village Cafe
 3773 Carp Rd
  New host each week
 Music 7pm-10pm

Cafe Nostalgica
 601 Cumberland Street
 Hosted by Amanda Lowe.
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

Sonny’s Bar & Grill
 1119 Baxter Road
 Hosted by Bastard Bassett
 Music starts: 9:00pm

The Marlborough Pub & Eatery
 2364 Roger Stevens Dr.
 Hosted by Dylan Watts
(613) 489-2278
 Sign up: 8pm

Pressed (**Every last Thursday of the month**)
750 Gladstone Ave
 Sign up: 7pm
 Music: 8pm-11pm

Main Street Pub
  1408 Stittsville Main St
  (613) 836-2684
 Music from: 7:30pm-11:30pm


The Waiting Room
  1097 Concession St., Russell
(613) 496-0115
 Music: 6:45pm-9:30pm

Vibration Studios- (**second Friday of every month**)
  5488 Osgoode Main
(613) 469-8423
 Music: 8pm-11pm

Moose McGuire’s (**CURRENTLY ON HOLD**)
  3320 McCarthy Rd
(613) 680-4411
 Hosted by Frenz of Kenz
 Music starts: 9:30pm

The Waterfront Gastropub – (**first Friday of every month**)
Mississippi Blues Society Open Jam
 12 Bell Street, Carleton Place
(613) 257-5755
 Music: 9pm – 1am

Festival Japan – (**second Friday of every month**)
Jazz Vocalists’ Open Mic
  149 Kent St,
(613) 234-1224
 Music: 8pm-10pm

Prime Burger Bar
 780 Baseline Road
(613) 680-2051
 Sign up: 9:30pm
 Music: 10pm-1am


Grumpy’s Pub
 4000 Bridle Path Drive
(613) 523-9490
 Music starts: 8pm

Hurley’s Stittsville
  1261 Rue Stittsville Main
(613) 831-1841
 Hosted by Jumpin’ Jimmy Leroux.
 Sign up: First in first up
 Music starts: 8pm

Vimy Brewing Company
  1-145 Loretta Avenue N
 Hosted by Howie Hooper
 Music starts: 1pm

Daniel O’Connell’s
 1211 Wellington Street West
(613) 724-2200
 Music 3pm-6pm

Irene’s Pub Afternoon Open Mic 
 885 Bank Street
 Sign up: 12:30pm
 Music starts: 1pm

Moose McGuire’s
  3320 McCarthy Rd
(613) 680-4411
 Hosted by Greg Kelly & Friends
 Music starts: 1pm

Montgomery Legion Bluegrass Jam Session (**First Saturday of the month**)
  330 Kent St
 Music starts: 1:30pm (until 5pm)

Danby’s Bar & Grill  (on hold for the summer after June 15/19)
 2858 Munster Rd
 Hosted by Mike Belajac
 Music: 3pm – 7pm

Hintonburg Public House (**last Saturday of the month**)
 1020 Wellington Street West
(613) 421-5087
 Hosted by Jess Cole.
 Sign up: no advance sign up required
 Music starts: 3pm


Pour Boy (* Every third Sunday of the month — back on November 18 **)
495 Somerset St W
 (613) 695-7687

Bells Corners Legion 593 (**Every second Sunday of the month**)
 4026 Old Richmond Rd

O’Grady’s Outpost
25 Tapiola Cres.

Rainbow Bistro Afternoon Open Blues Jam
76 Murray Street
Different feature act each week.
 Sign up: just show up
 Music starts: 3:30pm

Danby’s Roadhouse  
6127 Perth Street, Richmond
 Sign up: just show up
   1:00pm – 4:30pm

Ashton Brew Pub
 113 Old Mill Road
 Sign up: 1:30pm
 Music: 2pm – 5pm

Open Stage Sunday at the Rainbow Bistro
 76 Murray Street
 Hosted by Kieran Howes
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 8:30pm

Record Runner Open Jam (**last Sunday of the month**)
#6-159 Colonnade Road South
 Sign up: just show up
 Music starts: 7pm

Vibration Studios Inc.
5488 Osgoode Main
 Music starts: 11am (following feature artist) – 3pm

The South Branch Bistro
15 Clothier Street East, Kemptville
(613) 258-3737
   2:00pm – 5:00pm

Quinn’s Ale House
  1070 Bank Street
(613) 523-4400
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm


  1. […] music events happening in Ottawa every night of the week. You can run around town attending an open mic every night of the week, but you can also see great live bands and concerts. There are lots of great venues that offer […]

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    Few more good ones – Thursday Night 8pm, Marlborough Pub in North Gower, Hosted by Dylan Watts. Saturday Night, 8pm at Danbys Roadhouse in Munster, Hosted by Dylan Watts and Sunday afternoons @2pm at the South Branch in Kemptville.

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    Stopped by the Black Pepper Urban pub October 18, 2017…it was closed and all the windows were covered from the inside with brown paper. Tried to look up the website, but it’s no longer in service. I think they’ve closed permanently.

    By the way, great list! Please keep updating! We did end up at Pour Boy just down the street and had a great time!

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      Hi! Thanks for letting us know! We removed Black Pepper Urban Pub from the list. Great to hear you still had a good night! 🙂

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    Daniel O’Connel’s Pub is now hosted by the legendary
    John Lloyd (formerly of Rogue Lemming fame)

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    John Lloyd was formerly the host of the legendary Black Pepper open mic

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    Hi there. Just a heads up. I found out today that the Savoy Brasserie no longer has an open mic on Monday nights.

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    I checked the Pressed Cafe website and they are not showing (last of the month) Wednesday nights for Open Mic Nights. It is only (last of the month) Thursdays.

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      Ah yes, thanks David! A bit of an editing oversight on our part. It’s been fixed. 🙂

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    farmteam cookhouse and cellar saturday night open mic no more unfortunately. Went by, moved locations. other location don’t know if they have open mic or not.

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    New in town, anxious to follow the different sessions ! Laissez les bon temps rouler !

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    WEDNESDAYS OPEN JAM & OPEN MIC: 7 pm – 11 pm (as late as 1 am sometimes).

    The Soul Jam Open Mic at Grace O’Malley’s East Coast Pub (1151 Ogilvie) is one of the few spots that has an actual stage with proper PA set up and top notch equipment to play on:


    There’s a reason we get some of the best players coming out.

    Hopefully whoever is managing this page can add a line for places that have all necessary equipment for a full band experience.

    Please hook into the Facebook page I created: ‘@openjams’ (make sure to type the ‘@’) and The Soul Jam Open Mic will pop up in the search bar.

    You’ll get notifications for new venues when you like/follow the page. I host the jam on select Fridays at Westboro Beach as well. I will post the dates shortly.

    Kindest Regards,

    Nicholas Straccini
    Creator & Host
    The Soul Jam Open Mic
    Facebook: @openjams (The Soul Jam Open Mic)

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      Hi Nicholas!

      Thanks for sharing your Soul Jam Open Mic with us. It is listed on our calendar and on this page now. Happy jamming!

      Best, Agnes

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    Just found out that Clocktower Orleans no longer has an open mic.

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      Thanks, D’Arcy! We’ll remove it from our listing.

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    Open mic at Pocketz on Tuesday is no longer happening.

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    No open mic at Atomic Rooster last Thursday

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    Open mic’s are awesome and so glad you put up a list. In Nashville all they have is open mic’s now. No artists get paid anymore except for tips. So all musicians have to have jobs. Making a living playing music is out of the question with open mic’s. free music is the future?
    The bar owners have a good thing going on. Everyone who plays brings a friend or two.

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    There is an open mic every Wednesday at The Barley Mow in Barrhaven on Greenbank. Starts at 9pm. Host seems to vary from week to week.

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      Thanks, Ian! We’ll add it to our list.

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    Are there open mic for jazz singers, a place with a combo? I would bring charts.

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