The Stage is Yours

Pipestone Flyer

Hungry for the mike! This little performer gets into the music.

The regulars at the Open Mic night on Saturday, September 7th at the Waterworks Theatre in Wetaskiwin knew they would be leaving a chilly fall evening on the outside to join a warm, cozy atmosphere on the inside. First-timers entering the ‘coffee house’ setting with musical instruments in hand, were warmly greeted and welcomed by other performers and supporters. Following the sound check of a modern sound system, the ‘house band’ opened the evening’s performance with a blues song.

    Anyone with the desire and courage  to get up on the stage in front of an audience can simply show up at the Wetaskiwin Waterworks Theatre every second Saturday, sign-in and wait for the MC to call out their name. Each performer is offered the opportunity to perform up to 3 musical selections. Others who enjoy live music but lack the talent or courage to perform, can simply show up, make a donation of their choice in the ‘black hat’ sitting on the entrance table, have a cup of coffee or light refreshment and enjoy the show. 

    Warren Fairhurst of Warren’s Music is one of the driving forces behind Open Mic Night. “Every show is very different. We just don’t know who will show up and what their act might be so that even makes it more entertaining.” Open Mic has hosted classical guitar and piano players, singer-songwriters performing original music, bands playing cover tunes,  a rapper, a trombone player, a Celtic band, country, blues, spiritual tunes and a whole lotta rock and roll. Fairhurst was kept busy during the entire evening ensuring taped backup music was connected to the professional sound system and sound levels were appropriately regulated to each performer’s style. Thanks to Fairhurst, all the musicians have to do is arrive, plug and play

     Open Mic is different from performing. It is an opportunity for veteran musicians and aspiring and emerging artists to perform in front of a live audience. What makes it different is the audience is loaded with fellow musicians who show mutual respect and provide a friendly, polite and encouraging environment in which to perform; quite different from launching a career in a bar room gig.

    One-by-one performers went to the front of the room and provided the audience with a wide range of musical styles. Throughout the evening it was evident the love of music was the catalyst for an audience that ignored varying degrees of quality and style. There were no age barriers as musicians ranging in age from a group of teens to seasoned musicians blended into one huge performance.  Some chose to perform solo while others took advantage of having ‘house band’ musicians ‘back them up’. Some performed well known songs and music while others shared the first-time-ever music they had written themselves. Hungry for the mike! This little performer gets into the music.

Just Posted

file photo
UPDATE: Leduc RCMP, Millet Fire Department and more on scene at serious multi-vehicle collision

Traffic is expected to be diverted for several hours and alternative travel routes are recommended.

File photo
Leduc RCMP request assistance to identify armed robbery suspect

Leduc RCMP are searching for suspect involved in an armed robbery at the Leduc Giant Tiger.

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Travel prizes added to Alberta’s vaccine lottery

More than 40 travel rewards available for those who are fully vaccinated

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Most Read