Open Mic Café returns to Old Town Hall

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Winchester Open Mic Café (WOMC) returns to the Old Town Hall after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus, and organizers could not be happier.

Coordinator Ann Brady, who took over the summer student project from the Township of North Dundas in August 2012, says people have been messaging her, asking when WOMC would be back.

“The short answer? Sunday, Sept. 11,” Brady enthuses. “We’ve missed everyone so much during the pandemic. So many wonderful artists and loyal audience members have come through these doors, over the past decade, to be part of this little oasis of music and friendship. People have visited from across Canada and all over the world. Young people, older people, moms with nursing babies coming to relax on a Sunday afternoon. It’ll be so nice to open our doors to everyone again.”

Brady, who is a musician and singer-songwriter herself, says the weekly gathering is one of the few adult oriented events in the region that is alcohol-free. Guests may bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic sips if they wish. The café will also be offering complimentary treats, made by local business Wiggly Tails Pet Bakery, for all service dogs wishing to enjoy them.

“This is a safe space that is proudly inclusive and fully accessible. People with hearing aids can comfortably attend, as we do not use amplification. The acoustics are great, here,” Brady says. “Artists of all genres and at all levels of the performing arts are welcome. For young and emerging artists, we offer a supportive place to debut being on stage and to learn from more seasoned musicians,” she adds. “For older artists, it’s the perfect place to try out new material or rekindle being an artist. There’s a lot of wonderful talent out there, we want to meet you!”

Starting September 11, Winchester Open Mic Café runs every Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm, at the Old Town Hall, 478 Main Street in Winchester, ON. Admission is free, masks are encouraged. For more information, visit Facebook at “Winchester Open Mic Café”.

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