Saturday, December 12, 2009

Open Mic on Wednesday's at the Georgetown going well... Plus new gigs coming up.

This update is a little overdue since there are a few things that have been piling up that I need to tell you about.

First of all... Thanks to all of you who have been coming out for open mic every Wednesday. It is soooo much fun and I am amazed at the talent that is coming out. Not only does everyone play very well, but the song selection is awesome! I love the old classics!

A few new gigs to tell you about.

I've got a show coming up this Thursday December 17th at Bassline Station. You can click on the link to go to the facebook event that I set up. It's going to be a great show. I'm pretty sure that I'll be able to convince Jessika Racine to come out and sing a few songs with me. Those of you who have been fortunate enough to hear her perform know that this is going to be a fantastic night!

I'll quickly mention a couple other shows that are coming up... Bassline Station January 15th. This time it will be a Friday and I'm looking forward to getting a good crowd out for the party.

I'm also very excited to head out to Cornwall in February. It's actually Feb 26th and this one will be fantastic. I'll be bringing my good friend Levi Hart. This guy is absolutely incredible! He's got a record deal and everything. ;)

That's all for now... I'll keep you posted in the near future!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The good times continue!

This is so much fun!

I am in my second month running the open stage at the Georgetown Pub on Wednesday nights and I am having a blast. The last month has been incredible. The bar is busy every week and the list is full. There are plenty of artists showing off original songs as well as their favorite covers. Here is a little taste of last week's Open Mic. People are always welcome to come up and sing along with me, and here are a few regulars showing their stuff to Aretha Franklin's RESPECT!

If you are new to the open mic world I'll give you a few tips.

1. Prepare at least 1 cover song. You can be creative and make it your own, but it is much easier to win an audience if you catch their attention with something they know.
2. Bring your own guitar. I have my guitar there, but I will be watching you like a hawk and if you hurt it, I will not be happy.
3. If you make a mistake, ignore it! Chances are no one noticed!

I hope to see you out on Wednesday!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Open Mic at the Georgetown

What an awesome night last night at the Georgetown Open Mic! I just had to post.

The bar was jam packed almost all night and our newest regulars (Spencer and Emma) had the crowd's attention all night!

As usual, I brought my trusty red binder with a ton of songs, and Emma joined me on stage for a few songs. It's an open mic with a Karaoke spin. :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ottawa Open Mic : What to expect with Tim Melanson...

Ottawa open mic (or open stage) at what used to be Rasputin's, was my first exposure to the Ottawa music scene. I remember going up on stage for the first time... It was exhilarating and exciting. The two musicians that were with me were first timers as well. They were both crapping themselves out of nervousness, but I remember being fairly calm. I've always loved the spotlight so I just felt natural on stage... plus I had INCREDIBLE players with me, so I knew that we'd be fine... Ok... Sorry for the rant ;)

The point is I'm not new to open mics and I think I've been able to draw from the different styles of other open mic hosts and put together a fun supportive experience.

The stage is a good size... you can definitely fit a 4 piece up there. Plus, the sound system is fantastic with a separate monitor so you can hear yourself! If you've never been to an open stage, you will soon know how important this is!

I also cater to singers who would love the experience of singing into a mic in front of a crowd but just need a guitar player. I have a book full of lyrics (that I bring every week) with a extremely wide and diverse collection of songs to sing that I can play and sing backup. Of course, if you really want to sing something specific that I don't already know... Just let me know the song and chances are I can play a "reasonable faximile". ;-)

So whether you sing or play, you definitely should come out and play a song or two... Or just listen in and have a few cold ones.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Upcoming Show at Bassline Station

I'm very excited to be playing next weekend at Bassline station.

On top of the open mic every week, I will be performing regular shows... Probably a couple per month. The next show is going to be a great one. I spent countless hours at Bassline station performing at their open mic and I love their stage and the atmosphere.

Come on out and catch the show. You can let me know you are coming at my Facebook Event Page.

Friday Oct. 16th 9:30-1:30

Bass Line Station
2557 Baseline Road (Just East of Greenbank)
Ottawa, ON
(613) 721-7771

Friday, October 9, 2009

Back in the game: Open Mic at Georgetown

After a bit of a break, I'm back into music.

I've got a few things lined up.

First and foremost. I have landed another Open Mic Hosting gig. Every Wednesday night I will be at the Georgetown pub. I've taken the summer off from hosting (I used to host the one at the Royal Oak... The dirty Oak) and now I'm all refreshed and ready to go.

The open mic has already been going for quite some time, and I suspect that it will continue to draw the regulars. I also am excited to bring in the people who had such a fun time jamming and singing with me at the Oak.

Can't wait to see you all!

Please join my Facebook Group to keep up on the news, view pictures and communicate with other Ottawa Musicians.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I am psyched for this weekend's show!

I just thought I'd post an update about my upcoming show at Hooley's Pub in Ottawa, ON this weekend (May 15th/16th).

My band for this weekend is incredible!

On drums, we've got Tony Raybould. This Ottawa veteran has been performing for years and he is easily one of the most versatile drummers on the scene. This guy can jump into any lineup and shine!

I've know the bassist, Simon Gray for years. I met him years ago when he was playing with the jam band Stairwell K. This guy is awesome. He can play anything and he has the ability to just pick up any song any time with ease.

On lead guitar I've got Mike Belanger. This man is working with so many bands I can't keep up. He is gracious enough to fill in for my regular guitarist and I promise he will be a treat!

Here is a link to the facebook event.

Tim at Hooley's!