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Dec
21
Fri
Solstice Ceili- Contra Dance Party
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

Come and celebrate the winter solstice with Live music featuring Saskia Tomkins, Steafan Hannigan and Martha Cooper, who will play celtic music and call dances to go with the music, ceili-style.

No experience, and no partner, necessary.
Contra dance is a folk dance characterized by long lines of couples and the caller teaches dances on the spot. You can also just come to watch and listen. Fun for all!

What better way to celebrate Solstice.


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Dec
29
Sat
The Holiday Hangover with The Improvmonauts
Dec 29 @ 7:30 pm

Come on out to the Old Church Theatre for some improv comedy with The Improvmonauts. They say that laughter is the best medicine…so…you know…it’s science. Be there!!! It’s pay-what-you-can at the door.

Jan
2
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 2 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Jan
11
Fri
Talk Of the Town
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

Come to Church and relive the fabulous swing era of the 1930s & 40s— the music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Ella, Billie, Duke… and Tommy Dorsey!  Big Band music reimagined by five performers, a perfect band size for the Old Church stage!  Upright bassist Howard Baer is joined by trombonist Andy Sparling, guitarist Michael Monis and drummer David Monis all backing the ‘classy, sassy, sophisticated’ jazz vocalist Lenni Stewart.  Don’t miss this one!


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Jan
13
Sun
Ginny McIlmoyle
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm

Veteran performers Ginny McIlmoyle and Steve Piticco, singers/song-writers and guitar pickers, team up with Howard Baer on Bass for an afternoon of Country & Bluegrass at Old Church Theatre. For this performance they will be joined by special guest, award-winning Canadian Fiddler, Alanna Jenish.


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GINNY McILMOYLE

Ginny is well established in the Country Music Genere and has recently become a part of an up an coming bluegrass band called SWEETGRASS…always aiming high to achieve new music variety, and staying true too her country roots.  
Ginny grew up in rural Ontario working in the fields hoeing, and weeding crops on one of the neighboring farms as a young teen. 
Finding love and settling down in her early 20’s she devoted her time as loving wife & mom, working in health care.
As a hobby Ginny often wrote poetry as a way of expressing her thoughts & feelings. It wasn’t until her husband Jim bought her a guitar and with a little encouragement, gave her another direction in life. 
Music became the bond in which the whole family could be involved in, as much or as little as they wished.

STEVE PITICCO

“I truly love Country, Bluegrass & Texas-Swing although I have played almost all kinds of music in my 39 professional years in the music business. I have been truly blessed to play with almost everyone I’ve grown up listening to. I love my 1976 Telecaster I bought new in Jan, 77 & still play it today. I play “Lead, Bass, Steel, Baritone, Dobro, Banjo” & pick an Accoustic & Mandolin. I play with South Mountain which is a band we started in 1989 & still tour Europe & Scandinavia every year. I am the only original, full-time member although most of what I do is, sessions & freelancing, live. I thank all of you, for your interest in my playing :)”

HOWARD BAER

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

ALANNA JENISH

An award-winning fiddle player, and accomplished classical musician, Alanna grew up in an Irish-Canadian family of traditional music lovers. Her musical journey began at the age of 6 when she started classical piano lessons, and soon expanded to include the fiddle shortly thereafter. With a keen ear and natural feel for the music, Alanna won her first junior fiddle championship after only 9 months of playing, and has since accumulated numerous awards and championship titles.

Now in her early twenties, Alanna has over ten years of performance experience under her belt, and is widely sought after as both a lead and back up musician. She has toured professionally with groups such as the Scott Woods Band, as well as The Great Canadian Fiddle Show,and maintains a busy schedule freelancing for numerous bands and solo artists. As a studio musician, Alanna has completed work for Canadian Country group Runaway Angel, as well as folk artists Hunter Sheridan and County West. This past fall, Alanna was honoured to be nominated as Fiddle Player of the Year (CCBAs).

As a classical musician, Alanna earned her Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Toronto in 2017. She completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory Violin Exam in 2012, and has also achieved advanced certification in Music Theory. Alanna has enjoyed playing in ensembles such as the La Jeunnesse Youth Orchestra (of which she was given the honour of sitting as concertmaster for two seasons), and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra throughout her undergraduate degree.

Alanna’s dedication to her instrument, paired with an intuitive feel for the music has earned her great respect on the Ontario music scene.

Jan
16
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Jan
19
Sat
My Father’s Son
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm

My Father’s Son, an indie folk group with roots in London, ON and Montreal, QC, melds together intricate lyrics with the richness of simplified, acoustic sound. Singer/songwriter Mark Kulmala is joined by Paul Meadows (Uisca Beatha, The Beauties) on the recording of their first full length album ‘Heart of Wood’. The album’s themes of fleeting innocence, love’s lost and found, determination, and the simple beauty of the landscape are sure to resonate with listeners. Having played in varying bands, in a variety of genres, over the years this endeavour sees a paired down amalgamation of lived experiences, both personal and musical, poetically creating emotionally complex but subdued, reflective songs. An air of storytelling colours the music with sentimental and wholly relatable verses that immerse the audience in the beauty of shared experiences.

 

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Jan
26
Sat
The Urban Highlanders
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

It’s Robbie Burns’ birthday celebration with Grier Coppins and The Urban Highlanders!

Bagpipes, whistles, 6-string violin, soprano sax, piccolo, clarinet, acoustic guitar, mandolin, an array of drums and percussion… all join the fray in an inspired musical dust up. Based in Toronto, the URBAN HIGHLANDERS  draw on a broad collection of influences to create original instrumentals, homemade and traditional tunes,  story-based songs and tales.

 


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In 2015 Grier Coppins began a monthly residence at the Cameron House, one of Toronto’s most storied musical venues. Starting as a duo playing mostly original songs, then as a trio adding tunes and instrumentals, the monthly performance spontaneously grew into a five-piece roots, cross-border organic musical adventure.
Thus, URBAN HIGHLANDERS were born.

The Band

Grier Coppins:

Grier  began his musical career on the street in Toronto playing bagpipes at the corner Yonge & Bloor in the mid 1970’s. He was an original member of critically acclaimed Canadian bagpipe/funksters

 

Rare Air in the 1980’s. In 1993 he founded Taxi Chain, a rhythm & blues infused cocktail of song & tune. Coppins has played almost every major folk fest in Canada & the USA.  He released a solo record, ‘The Prince that Nobody Knows’  in 2014 rated one of 2014’s top 10 by Penguin Egg’s Andy Donnelley, and has most recently recorded bagpipes with Al Tuck on his ‘Stranger at the Wake’ CD and on the Paul Gross film, ‘Hyena Road’.

Jim Bish:
Jim has is a versatile and wind-driven musical force that has played with such diverse acts as  Screaming’ Jay Hawkins, the Somalian Opera, Toronto Calypso combo Shak Shak, and Taxi Chain.

Ayron Mortley: 
Ayron is a tower of a man and musician that has performed extensively with Taxi Chain, the Mahones and his own band, The O’Deadlys, with his wife Lindsey. He is a graduate of the Humber College Music Program and also teaches guitar.

Chris Bartos:
Chris Bartos is a master class jazz guitarist and violinist and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has played extensively with and/or produced recordings for Kaia Kater, Sarah Harmer, The Ennis Sisters, Jonathon Bird, the Barr Brothers, and Quique Escamilla. He has released one solo recording ‘Fort William’ to critical acclaim.

Larry Graves:
Larry has studied drumming extensively in Ghana, Africa and teaches drums. He is a composer and the musical leader a few local acts:  DRUMHAND, Surefire Sweat and Orkestra Gatigo. He was an original member of Juno nominated world beat orchestra Mr. Something Something.

Feb
2
Sat
The Lay Awakes
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Lay Awakes is a singer-songwriter duo based in Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the Canadian prairies and small town Ontario.

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Anna (piano, vocals) grew up in various states and provinces, but her family ties connect her to rural Manitoba. Her musical roots trace back to classical piano studies and the inspiration of dance and theatre. She graduated from New York University with a masters degree in music composition, and since has collaborated internationally with film directors, dancers, and fellow songwriters. Anna released a solo album in 2013.

Patrick (guitar, vocals) was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Fergus, Ontario. His music lineage goes back to the family campfire and songbook. He studied music at Vancouver Community College and at Hunter College in Manhattan. Patrick has spent many years representing Canada in wheelchair basketball; he is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and largely considered the world’s best wheelchair basketball player.

The Lay Awakes released their debut EP in 2015 and their debut LP “Home Away From Home” in 2018.

The songs on their debut full-length album, Home Away From Home, feature a handful of appearances by Patrick on lead vocals, but more often it is Anna’s hauntingly beautiful voice that takes the lead. It is a voice that, particularly on the softer, more atmospheric songs, is at once darkly sweet, and then instantly light and quiet as if she were right beside you. It is a rare gift to be able to impart such intimacy with the listener, but Anna’s voice, in combination with the emotional openness of the compositions makes songs like the title track Home Away from Home and Babe Are You Sure immeasurably compelling.
Home Away From Home is produced by Jeremy McDonald, a Pittsburgh native, whose production credits include Beyoncé and Kevin Garrett. The mixing engineer is the Grammy Award winning Will Hensley, who has worked with such artists as Coldplay, Regina Spektor, Leonard Cohen, and John Mayer. No doubt, the work of both Jeremy and Will has resulted in an LP that comes across as solid and mature, but still falls fresh on seasoned ears.
The Lay Awakes bring a mature, dynamic, and versatile approach to the singer/songwriter genre, leaning more to the refined adult contemporary pop side than the more acoustic/folk sound commonly associated with the genre.
It is a credit to the duo as songwriters and musicians that Home Away from Home is so diverse in tone, emotional dexterity, tempo, and production sensibilities, going from lush, to evocatively sparse. What ties everything together is Patrick and Anna’s voices, uninhibited lyrical authenticity, and that “X factor” that simply makes you want to be a part of what they’re doing.

Feb
6
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Feb
9
Sat
Nigel Wearne
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

Nigel Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. 


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Nigel has toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and he’s performed at a long list of Australian music festivals, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Cygnet Folk Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. He’s also shared shows with the likes of All Our Exes Live in Texas (AUS), Lindsay Lou (USA), Tennyson King (CAN), Jordie Lane (AUS) and the late great Billy Thorpe (AUS).

From stories of social justice and observation, to emotional reflection and historical tales, Nigel draws inspiration from everyday people from all walks of life. Some songs are autobiographical and personal, but many are other people’s stories. For Nigel, music is a candid, human and important messenger for stories and moments in time.

Almost a decade ago, he spent 3 months travelling across Canada from west to east. From the Rocky Mountains, to the mosaic of Montréal and back to the graffiti adorned streets of Toronto, it was a trip marked with poetic meanderings and self-discovery. By the time he got to Halifax he had a bag of new songs that became his 2012 album ‘Black Crow’. ‘Black Crow’ garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone Magazine, a nomination for Best Country Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards and it debuted at #1 on the AMRAP Great Southern Charts.

In his first Canadian tour, Nigel will spend 3 weeks on the road touring his current album ‘Drawing Circles’, a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. With songs born of shadows and lucid reveries, the 14-song double album explores the dark corners of creativity and the irregular swells of life. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone.

Feb
20
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Feb
24
Sun
Ryan Cook
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. He has shared stages with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, and Travis Tritt and has compiled an impressive list of awards and nominations over the year, including three Album of the Year Awards from Music Nova Scotia. His latest album is 2017’s acclaimed Having a Great Time.


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As an independent artist Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Canada, three Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, and written, produced and published music in Nashville, TN. Ryan has performed on many big stages including the Ryman Auditorium, Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, CMA Music Festival, Music City Roots, Maverick Music Festival (UK), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (NS), and Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PE). Online Ryan has over a million YouTube views, 5000 Facebook followers, and 2000 Twitter followers. Ryan regularly performs a theatrical musical tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and has performed tributes to Merle Travis, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. Beginning in 2007 Ryan has performed over 1000 concerts in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Mar
6
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Mar
20
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Apr
3
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Apr
17
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

May
1
Wed
Open Mic
May 1 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

May
15
Wed
Open Mic
May 15 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Jun
5
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Jun
19
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 19 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Jul
3
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 3 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Jul
17
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Aug
7
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Aug
21
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 21 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Sep
4
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Sep
18
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Oct
2
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Oct
16
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Nov
6
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Nov
20
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Dec
4
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Dec
18
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Jan
1
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 1 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Jan
15
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Feb
5
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Feb
19
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Mar
4
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Mar
18
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Apr
1
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Apr
15
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

May
6
Wed
Open Mic
May 6 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

May
20
Wed
Open Mic
May 20 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Jun
3
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Jun
17
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Jul
1
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Jul
15
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Aug
5
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Aug
19
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Sep
2
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!