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.