Ottawa’s Ultimate Guide to Open Mics in the City

Ottawa’s Ultimate Guide to Open Mics in the City

LAST UPDATED: April 11, 2018

**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 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, 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. 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


Whispers Pub & Eatery
 249 Richmond Road
(613) 722-9603
  Hosted by Spirit of Rasputin’s (
 Sign up: 6:30pm
 Music from 7pm – 10pm

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


 1696 Carling Ave
(613) 591-3895
 Music 8pm – 11pm

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

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

Ottawa Moose Lodge
303 Kendall Ave
 Music starts: 6pm

The Neighbourhood Pub  (**currently on hold for hockey season – 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

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


Whiprsnpr Brewery  (every second Wednesday) **Starts March 28th
  14 Bexley Place, Nepean
 Hosted by Matthew Kay
 (613) 596-9882

The Brass Monkey
 250 Greenbank Road
(613) 820-4889
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Clocktower – Westboro
  418 Richmond Rd
 Hosted by Andrew Karam
(613) 680-5983

Pour Boy
  495 Somerset St. W
 Hosted by Jamie Douglas
(613) 695-7687
  7:30 – 11:30

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

Hunter’s Public House (last Wednesday of the month)
 4750 Bank Street
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Daniel O’Connell’s
 1211 Wellington Street West
(613) 724-2200
 Hosted by John Lloyd (formerly of Rogue Lemming fame)
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

The Cross
 360 Elgin Street
(613) 695-1313
 Music: 8pm – 12am

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

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

Grace O’Malley’s
 1151 Ogilvie Rd.
Nick Straccini
Music starts: 7pm


Vibration Studios – Jam Shack Open Jam
  5488 Osgoode Main
(613) 469-8423
 Music from 7pm-9pm

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
 Hosted by Reif Spano & The Dukes of Awesome
 Music starts: 8pm

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

Brass Monkey New Talent Showcase
 250 Greenbank Road
 Hosted by Jumpin’ Jimmy Leroux.
 Sign up:
 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 Robb Kerr
 Music starts: 9:30pm

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 starts: 8pm

Jazzworks Jam at the Black Irish Pub (**Every third Thursday of the month**)
15 Selkirk at Montreal Rd.
 Hosted by Jazz Works Ottawa
(613) 747-0517
 Music starts: 7:30pm

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

The Tea Party Cafe (**Every last Thursday of the month**)
Muse Collectivefor women musicians
  119 York St.
 Sign up: 6:30pm
 Music at 7pm



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

The Tea Party Cafe (**Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month**)
 119 York St
(613) 562-0352
 Sign up: 8pm
 Music starts: 8:30pm

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

Jazz Jamm at Black Irish Pub (**First Friday of the month**)
 15 Selkirk Street
(613) 747-0517
 Hosted by Jacquie Dixon
 Sign up: 7pm (and host band plays)
 Music starts: 8pm



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

Black Irish Pub  
 15 Selkirk Street
 Hosted by Greg Kelly
 Sign up: 12:30pm
 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
 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

Grumpy’s Pub
 4000 Bridle Path Drive
(613) 523-9490
 Hosted by Gregory Torchia
 Sign up: 7:30pm
 Music starts: 8pm

Bowman’s Bar & Grill
 1170 Carling Avenue
(613) 680-9339
 Hosted by Vincent Bishop
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

Danby’s Bar & Grill 
2858 Munster Rd.
 Hosted by Mike Belajac
Music starts: 3pm

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


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
 Hosted by Kelly Sloan
 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 Point Lounge
346 Bayview Dr
 Music starts: 2pm until 6pm

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
 Hosted by Maximum Power
 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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