So many opportunities for young people to take the stage in Calgary, and I invite my students who’ve taken the time to polish pieces from start to finish, with variety and expression in both vocals & instrument arrangements, to participate, either as a vocalist, instrumentalist or both. If you need instrumentals, I can accompany you or provide a track. If you’ve done a few of these as a soloist already, I encourage you to take it to the next level and consider complicating your offering with collaboration (duet, groups!)
List of Open Mics for Youth In Calgary/Okotoks
*Most places that serve liquor require a minor to be accompanied by the legal guardian. More community centres available; check Calgary Jam Scene on Facebook.
Blues Can – Youth Only Jam Mondays 6-9pm. www.TheBluesCan.com 1429 9 Ave SE
Cornerstone Music Cafe – First Sunday open mic 1-4pm
Second Sunday of the month Songwriter’s Cooperative also 1-4pm. Youth welcome at both. https://www.cornerstonemusic.ca/ 139 – 14919 Deer Ridge Drive SE
Good Earth Cafe (Glenmore Landing) Open mic Thursdays 7-10pm
Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar Thursdays – Singer-Songwriters (7-9pm) Covers welcome. Apply online. www.CafeGravity.com 909 10th St. SE
Ironwood Stage & Grill – Wednesday Open Mic 8pm; www.ironwoodstage.ca 1229-9 Ave SE
N9na’s Kitchen Open Stage Jam Tuesday nights 8-9 youth. Minors welcome until 9pm; open mic runs until 11pm. Www.n9na.ca 121 17 Ave SE
*This yummy restaurant is managed by one of our families, who expressed interested in a regular youth open mic on a Sunday afternoon that we can host!
Ship & Anchor Saturdays 2-6 – Open Stage Jam. Minors must be accompanied by legal guardian. Www.ShipAndAnchor.com 534 17 Ave SW
Tribal Connections (Okotoks) – Fourth Friday of the month 7pm. 41 McRae Street; call to book a spot 995-1898. $7 cover.
Varsity Community Centre – Monthly Friday Open Stage Night. Usually third Friday of month; breaks for summer. Seven open mic slots at 7pm, followed by the featured band. Contact Nobuo Kawaguchi, the host, via Facebook.