Ottawa LOVES Open Mics

Ottawa LOVES Open Mics

LAST UPDATED: July 31, 2017

**Be sure to hit up our monthly calendar and click on “Open Mic/Jam” in the “Music Genre” search to display all of the open mics happening each month – sometimes there are one-off Open Mics that we don’t post in this listing due to them being only occasional.**

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 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.

There are open mic shows hosted pretty much every night in Ottawa, though they may be hard to find. We try to list as many as we can get our hands on. Below is a list of nightly open mics, if you know of any and would like to add them to our calendar, send the details to info@bytownsound.ca.

Monday

Whispers Pub & Eatery
 249 Richmond Road
 Sign up: 6:30pm
 Music starts: 7pm

Woody’s Pub
 330 Elgin Street
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 9pm

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

The Savoy Brasserie 
  334 Richmond Road
 Hosted by Birdie Whyte.
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 8:30pm

Tuesday

Ottawa Moose Lodge
303 Kendall Ave
Sign up: just show up
 Music starts: 6pm

The Neighbourhood Pub
2557 Baseline Rd
 Sign up: just show up
 Steamy Boots w/ Scott Reeves
 Music starts: 7pm

Bar Robo
 692 Somerset Street West
 Sign up: 7pm
 Music starts: 8pm

The Georgetown Pub
1159 Bank Street
 Sign up: just show up
 Music starts: 7pm

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

Barley Mow Bank Street
 1060 Bank Street
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 9 pm

Royal Oak – Kanata
 329 March Road
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 9pm

The Laff (Chateau Lafayette)
 42 York Street
 Hosted by Birdie Whyte.
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 9pm

TUNESday Nights at L!VE on Elgin
 220 Elgin Street
 Hosted by Matt Powell
 Sign up: 8:15pm
 Music starts: 9pm

Royal Oak – Canal
 221 Echo Drive
 Hosted by Eric St-Cyr
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

Patty Boland’s Irish Pub
101 Clarence
Josh MacFarlane
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

Wednesday

The Brass Monkey
 250 Greenbank Road
 Hosted by Jumpin’ Jimmy Leroux.
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

FarmTeam Cookhouse
 683 Bank Street
 Hosted by Dan Kelly.
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell St., Carleton Place
Music starts: 9pm

Hunter’s Public House
 4750 Bank Street
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Daniel O’Connell’s
 1211 Wellington Street West
 Hosted by Jamieson Mackay
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

Black Pepper Urban Pub
 1017 Wellington West
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

The Cross
 360 Elgin Street
 Hosted by Chris Zimmerman
 Sign up: 9pm
 Music starts: 9:30pm

D’arcy McGee’s-Orleans (first Wednesday of the month)
260 Centrum Blvd
Hosted by Dennis Brunton.
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

McCloskey’s Bar
22 Victoria St, Chesterville
Bucky
 Sign up: 6pm
 Music starts: 7pm

Time Out Pub
 1119 Meadowlands Dr. E
Steamy Boots
Music starts: 7pm

Thursday

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

Grumpy’s Pub
 4000 Bridle Path Drive
 Hosted by Steve Maw and Gregory Torchia.
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Whitewater Brewing Co. & Lakeside Brew Pub
 78 Pembroke St, Cobden
 Sign up: 6:30pm
 Music starts: 7pm

The Old Town Hall **On summer vacation, will be returning Sept. 7th**
 478 Main Street, Winchester
Alcohol free, inclusive.
 Sign up: 6:30pm
 Music starts: 7pm

Carleton Tavern
 223 Armstrong Street
 Hosted by Andy Mason.
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Brass Monkey New Talent Showcase
 250 Greenbank Road
 Hosted by Jumpin’ Jimmy Leroux.
 Sign up: jimleroux@rogers.com
 Music starts: 8:30pm

Kaboom at Atomic Rooster
 303 Bank Street
 Hosted by Fabien Melanson
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

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 Mike Bassett.
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

The Marlborough Pub & Eatery
 2364 Roger Stevens Dr.
 Hosted by Dylan Watts
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Pressed **Every last Thursday of the month**
750 Gladstone Ave
 Sign up: 7pm
 Music starts: 8pm

The Art House Cafe
555 Somerset Street West
 Music starts: 6pm

Friday

Moose McGuire’s
 3320 McCarthy Rd
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

The Music Factory (last Friday of the month)
15 Capella Court Unit 101
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Fat Albert’s/ Ralph’s Sports Bar
 1571 Bank Street
 Hosted by Ken Lecompte.
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

The Cock & Lion
 202 Sparks Street
 Sign up: 9pm
 Music starts: 9:30pm

Prime Burger Bar
 780 Baseline Road
 Hosted by Patrick Webb.
 Sign up: 9:30pm
 Music starts: 10pm

Saturday

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

Black Irish Pub   **Last one of the season on May 27th. Returning again in September ’17.**
 15 Selkirk Street
 Hosted by Greg Kelly
 Sign up: 12:30pm
 Music starts: 1pm

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

Grumpy’s Pub
 4000 Bridle Path Drive
 Hosted by Steve Maw and Gregory Torchia.
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Bowman’s Bar & Grill
 1170 Carling Avenue
 Sign up: 9pm
 Music starts: 9:30pm

Danby’s Bar & Grill (**season runs October – June 17th, 2017**)
2858 Munster Rd.
 Hosted by Mike Belajac
Music starts: 3pm

Farmteam Cookhouse & Cellar
208 Sparks Street
Hosted by Maeve Lalonde
Music starts: 8pm

Danby’s Roadhouse (yes, another Danby’s — **season ends April 29th**)
6127 Perth Street, Richmond
 Sign up: just show up
 Music starts: 8pm

O’Grady’s Outpost
 25 Tapiola Cres.
Music starts: Contact O’Grady’s

Sunday

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

Ashton Brew Pub
 113 Old Mill Road
 Hosted by Kelly Sloan
 Sign up: 1:30pm
 Music starts: 2pm

Happy Goat Coffee Co
35 Laurel Street
 Sign up: 1:30pm
 Music starts: 2pm

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

South Branch Bistro
15 Clothier Street East, Kemptville
 Music starts: 2pm

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

 

Comments

  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 […]

  2. Reply

    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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