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Music open mic nights in Toronto by day of the week

Music open mic nights in Toronto give you a chance to perform your heart out in front of strangers without the commitment of bookings or tickets (read: refunds, in case you suck). Head to any of these bars throughout the week for your moment in the spotlight. 

Monday
  • The Painted Lady starts sign ups at 9 p.m. and lets performers sing a max of two songs. 
  • Amsterdam Bicycle Club isn't really for beginners, but those with a few performances under their belt can sign up at 9:30 p.m.
  • Irish pub Dora Keogh hosts Riverboat Mondays with sign up at 8 p.m., allowing three tunes per performer. 
  • All levels are welcome at Lou Dawg's. Sign up is at 9 p.m. – an acoustic guitar provided. 
Tuesday
  • The Cavern welcomes solos or small groups of different styles on Tuesdays (and Sundays); sign up starts at 7:30 pm.
  • The Hideout hosts a free open mic sponsored by Amsterdam Brewery. Some instruments are provided here; sign up is at 8 p.m.
  • No One Writes To The Colonel hosts an open mic for stand up that starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Old Nick offers their open mic night starting at 8 p.m.
Wednesday
  • B-Side Lounge has open mics hosted by local songwriter Kevin Howley. Sign up is at 7:30 p.m.
  • Ein-Stein has been hosting its open mic since 2000. Sign up at 8 p.m. or ahead of time by e-mailing the bar. 
  • Junction City Music Hall starts sign up at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
  • The Boat's free open mic starts at 9 p.m. and runs until late on every Wednesday except for the last of each month.
  • Hosted by Jamie Douglas, Pour Boy hosts its show from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., with a piano and guitar available. 
  • The Beach House hosts an acoustic open mic night starting at 8 p.m. 
Thursday
  • Fair Grounds Organic Cafe and Roastery starts their open mic at 7:30 p.m., with a show on the third weekend of every month.
  • Steve's now holds an open mic from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the store's second floor, right about the keyboard department.
  • Pauper's Pub holds its open mics on the second floor lounge starting at 10 p.m.
  • Grossman's Tavern has a rotating schedule, but will commonly have an open mic night twice a month hosted by Diane Mason. Head here for 8:30 p.m. and stay until 1 a.m.
Friday
  • The Friday Night Blues Jam at Salty Dog is a rare recurring open mic on a day that doesn't get much love. Jam out to roots music; the show starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 1:30 a.m. 
  • Big Daddy's has a show hosted by John Loree, running from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
Saturday
  • Your Magic Open Mic at La Rev goes from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekly.
  • Mackenzies has afternoon open mics from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.
Sunday
  • Sign up online for Supermarket's weekly show Free Fall Sundays, and claim your spot by 7 p.m. sharp.
  • Hirut has a family-friendly open mic running from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at Junction City Music Hall


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