Feature Friday: Ottawa Open Mics

Feature Friday: Ottawa Open Mics

Updated: April 30, 2017

We wrote a post about weekly open mics a few months ago, but we have added so many more that we decided to focus this week’s feature on this expanding music scene. Open mics are hosted all over the city, which is great! Every area of Ottawa provides an opportunity for musicians to perform their music and for local audiences to see their friends and neighbours perform. Some of the bars that host open mics are well-worn, established music venues in Ottawa–like The Rainbow Bistro and Irene’s Pub– and others are relatively new bars and restaurants that are looking to engage their communities through local music, venues like Bar Robo and Hunter’s Public House. Best of all: every single open mic that we have found has free admission! If you know of any open mics that we have missed, let us know!

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
 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
 Different feature act each week.
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

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

Wednesday

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

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

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

Thursday

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

Whitewater Brewing Co.
 22 Fletcher Road, Foresters Falls
 Sign up: 6:30pm
 Music starts: 7pm

The Old Town Hall
 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

Friday

Teastore
 53 York Street
 Hosted by The Way Collective
 Sign up: 7pm
 Music starts: 7:30pm

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

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
 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
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)
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

Quinn’s Ale House
 1070 Bank Street
 Sign up: 8:30pm
 Music starts: 9pm

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. 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.

    • Reply

      Thank you! We’ll add them!

  2. Reply

    Sorry, it’s Danbys Roadhouse in Richmond on Saturday Nights, not Munster as I previously commented.

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