Wailin’ Wednesday: Open Mic Nights Are Back!
The musicians you see at Folk Fest look like they were born on stage with banjo in hand and kick drum underfoot. It can be hard for us to imagine that same artist in the early stages of their career. Can you picture Ruth Moody playing solo for the first time, or Sheena and the Daniels finding their unique Red Moon Road sound?
Supporting artists in the early stages of their careers is something both Manitoba Music and us are dedicated to. By hosting free Open Mic Nights throughout the year, we endeavour to help artists along their musical paths.
After taking a short winter break, the popular monthly events previously held at The Folk Exchange are beginning again on March 17 at a new venue in the Exchange District – Maw’s Eatery!
Singer-songwriter Raine Hamilton will host the March 17 open mic. Raine has wrapped a tour of Western Canada, landed a coveted showcase spot at Folk Music Ontario and two spots on The Great Canadian Journey video series. Her EP, Small Packages, is garnering some media buzz.
We first joined forces with Manitoba Music in 2008 to co-present open mic nights. These events quickly earned a reputation as one of the best in Winnipeg, with fantastic Manitoba artists taking the stage to host, including Keri Latimer, JP Hoe, Del Barber, The Crooked Brothers, Sweet Alibi, Red Moon Road, Leonard Summer and even the legendary Fred Penner. Winnipeg’s music scene has a reputation across the country as being supportive and encouraging to emerging talent, which is highlighted monthly at these open mic sessions.
Put March 17 on your calendar to catch Raine Hamilton along with other emerging artists at Maw’s, one of Winnipeg’s hippest new venues. Doors open at 6:00 and the mic opens at 6:30.
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