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O’Reilly’s has been hosting its famous Tuesday Open Mic Night since 1998. It all started with an idea from Brenda (naturally) to see what talent was hiding in the audience – turns out quite a lot! And you never know who else might show up…
“Over the years we’ve had special guest appearances from Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson, Canadian Idol contestants (and Newfoundlanders) Rex Goudie and Jason Greeley, plus many more,” says Brenda.
Each fall, O’Reilly’s launches its Annual Open Mic Competition, which runs for 13 weeks with 10 weeks of competition and two weeks of semi-finals and finals. Past grand prizes have included: a brand new Fiat (yes, a car!), a trip for two to Jamaica, a cash prize of $6500, a studio session to record an album, and top-of-the-line musical instruments. Last year’s winner DA DITS won $10,000 cash!
Other past winners include Patrick Molloy, Karla Pilgrim, Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker, and Danika Drover (who won the studio session; look for her new album!)
Open Mic is every Tuesday. Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the pub Tuesdays before 9pm.
“It’s amazing how much talent we have here in the province. There has never been a week when we had no contestants. And of course a lot of our regulars participate, which we love and appreciate,” says Brenda.
Join us Tuesday nights for Open Mic!