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Le Dépanneur CaféM, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa, Su
Jazz, Folk, Classical, R&B, Blues, Country, Acoustic. Varies
Audition-Based Open Stage (see article)10:00 - 17:00206 Rue Bernard OuestClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium(514) 969-6128Click HerePiano, Bass Amp, 2 Guitar Amps, 2 Microphones & Stands, PALe Deppaneur Café is one of a kind in how it operates its live music. Essentially, you book an hour slot between 10:00 and 17:00 and that is your hour slot every week for three months. All musicians are encouraged so long as you have a significant amount of experience playing and veer away from louder genres (punk, metal & electronic). You may book as a band or as a solo performer, just note the in-house instruments on the left, and bring your own! Call Benoit Bigham to schedule: (514) 969-6128. More info here.
Smoke Meat PeteM, Tu, W, Th, SuBluesBlues Jam Night19:30 - 23:00283 1ère AveClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium(514) 425-6068Click HereDrum Kit, Microphones & PAThe staff at Smoked Meat Pete clearly have a love affair with jam nights and the blues, as they hold five jam nights a week, which repeat every week. You are welcome to perform other genres of music but the celebrated genre is the blues. If you’re a blues musician, you’re sure to have a good night here. Check out their Facebook page for details!
Yellow Door CoffeehouseFridayFolk & Acoustic
(variety encouraged)
Open Stage20:30 - 00:003625 Rue Aylmer
(Sous-sol/Basement)
Click HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedSmallN/AClick HerePiano, Acoustic Guitar (Nylon), UkuleleThis coffeehouse hosts a night of music every Friday evening, for those looking to kick back without the chaos of a bar or restaurant. At more than half a century, this is Canada’s oldest folk music coffeehouse venue. It runs an all-acoustic, “hootenanny” open stage, consisting of mostly folk music and some spoken word. This means there are no microphones. Additionally, there is a featured performer in the middle of the evening, who is often drawn from a previous night. The audience is quiet and attentive, and has been described as Montreal’s friendliest open stage. Sign up is from 20:00 to 20:30.
The Black Lion PubSaturdayVaries. Blues, Soul, R&B, Rock, Classic RockJam Night20:00 - 00:00445 Boulevard BeaconsfieldClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium(514) 697-2234Click HereDrum Kit, 2 Guitar Amps, 1 Bass Amp, 2 Monitors, 2 Powered
Speakers, 2 Microphones & Soundboard
These jam nights are held every Saturday evening at the Black Lion
Pub. The music is great, the food is really good (served until 22:00)
and the hosting band/musician tends to change each week. Bring
your instruments, voice and appetite and you’re sure to have a
good time! If you’re a drummer bring your drumsticks.
Mezcal LoftSaturdayNeo-Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, FunkJam Night22:00 - 03:00158 Rue Prince ArthurClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMediumN/AN/ADrums, Keyboard, Microphones & Stands, Amps, and usually GuitarN/A
Dièse OnzeSundayJazz, Bebop, SwingOpen Vocal Jam (Jazz Vocals)20:00 - 23:304115 Rue St. DenisClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedSmall(514) 223-3543Click HereDrum Kit, Piano, Microphones & PADièse Onze is a jazz club in a romantic basement. This jam is strictly for jazz vocals so don’t come expecting to play instruments. The night is hosted by a jazz trio that play classic jazz standards backing it with piano, drums and bass. The club tends to attract a maturer age-group, but all ages are welcome. Furthermore, the level of expertise is quite high so be prepared! Their unspoken rule is: “If you can’t keep up, you shouldn’t be on stage.”
Pub EpoxySundayJazz, Bebop, SwingJazz Jam Sessions20:30 - 00:304210 Rue St. Jacques Click HereN/ASmall/Medium(514) 935-0043Click HereN/AN/A
BrutopiaSundayVaries. Blues, Soul, R&B, Acoustic, Hip- Hop, Rap, FolkOpen Mic22:00 - 03:001219 Rue CrescentClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium(514) 393-9277Click HereAcoustic Guitar, PA & MicrophonesA great staff, delicious beer and a two-story venue with proper monitors. It’s one of the oldest open mics in the city and attracts a solid crowd. It’s relaxed, fun and filled with an array of performances and friendly musicians.
Bar De CourcelleSundayVaries. Blues, Soul, R&B, Acoustic, Hip- Hop, Rap, FolkOpen Mic / Jam Session22:00 - 03:004685 Rue Notre-Dame OuestClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedLarge(438) 382-4685Click HereDrum Kit, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Amps, Microphones & PA*Although the event starts at 22:00, you can signing up from 21:00!
L'EscalierMondayFolkJam Session21:30 - 01:00552 Rue Ste. Catherine EstClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedSmall(514) 419-6609Click HereMicrophones & PAL’Escalier hosts small, in-house jams with folk musicians every Monday. People bring their violins, mandolins, guitars and other instruments to the jam. Come check it out! There are no in-house instruments.
The Brass DoorMondayAcoustic, Folk, R&B, BluesOpen Mic20:00 - 00:152171 Rue CrescentClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedSmall(514) 284-3003N/AAcoustic Guitar, PA & MicrophonesA humble scene for those looking to perform at bar with a fantastic staff and smaller crowds. Great for beginners
Upstairs Jazz Bar & GrillMondayJazz, Bebop, SwingJam Sessions20:00 - 00:001254 Rue MackayClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 931-6808Click HereDrum Kit (No Cymbals), Piano, Amps, Microphones & PAAn open jam night for jazz players, this night requires a bit of experience but is open to anyone willing to jam along! The night often starts with a jazz trio who will open up the night into a jam after their first set.
Ye Olde OrchardMondayVaries. Blues, Soul, R&B, Funk, Rap, Acoustic, Hip-Hop, FolkOpen Mic22:00 - 03:0020 Rue Prince Arthur OuestClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 845-7772Click HereAcoustic Guitar, Microphones & PAOne of the most reputable open mics in the city. Very comfortable and encouraging for beginners, yet home to some of the best. Signup starts at 22:00. First come, first served! Grab your free shot after playing!
Grumpy's Bar MontrealTuesdayVaries. Blues, Soul, R&B, Acoustic, Hip- Hop, FolkOpen Mic22:00 - 02:301242 Rue BishopClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 866-9010Click HereMicrophones & PAA fun, downtown open mic with a variety of music. Jazz and blues are popular at this bar, but anything is welcomed. This night tends to be mostly comedy, but music and spoken word is welcome. Grumpy’s also host Jazz jams on Wednesdays and Bluegrass jams on Thursdays. This night is particularly great for those wanting to play solo. Make sure to bring your own instruments!
CrobarTuesdayRock, Blues, R&B, Punk, Metal, Reggae, Ska.Jam Night21:00 - 00:001221 Rue CrescentClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedSmall/Medium(514) 866-6556N/ADrum Kit, Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Amps, Microphones & PAHosted by Mars Trinity, this open jam is fairly relaxed and welcomes any musician or genre to the stage. Come check it out!
Dièse OnzeTuesdayJazz, Bebop, SwingJam Session21:30 - 01:004115 Rue St. DenisClick HereAdvancedSmall(514) 223-3543Click HereDrum Kit, Piano, Microphones & PADièse Onze is a jazz club in a romantic basement. This jam is hosted by Alex Bellegarde and his jazz trio. The first set starts off with the trio performing, followed by the second set - a jam open jazz musician with the confidence to join them. This is not a jam night for beginners, but rather experienced players and performers. This crowd tends to attract a maturer age-group, but all ages are welcome! Their unspoken rule is: “If you can’t keep up, you shouldn’t be on stage.”
CrobarWednesdayRock, Blues, R&B, Punk, Metal, Reggae, Ska.Jam Night22:00 - 02:301221 Rue CrescentClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedSmall/Medium(514) 866-6556N/ADrum Kit, Bass, Guitar, Amps, Microphones & PAA stomping yard for bands those eager to bang on some drums and plug in their electric guitar, Crobar hosts a jam and open night for those into punk, funk, metal and reggae. For these genres, regular open mics are harder to find so Crobar holds a torch for these musicians in the centre of downtown Montreal. This place is home to rock and louder jams, however welcomes anyone to play.
Grumpy's Bar MontrealWednesdayJazz, Bebop, SwingJazz Jam Night22:00 - 02:301242 Rue BishopClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 866-9010Click HereMicrophones & PAJoin in on a night of jazz! The jam goes on all night and the level of skill is quite high. Bring your own instruments!
Duffy’sWednesdayRock, Blues, SoulOpen Jam Night21:30 - 03:001060 Chemin HerronClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedLarge(514) 631-8962Click HereDrum Kit, Keyboard, Bass, Guitar, Amps, Microphones & PAAn open jam to all kinds of music and musical performers. Duffy’s has all the standard equipment needed for a jam and a band (bass, guitar, drums, etc.). A great place for musicians living in the Dorval area.
Maison 2109 WednesdaySoul, Neo-Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, GrooveShowcase / Open Jam22:00 - 02:002109 Rue de BleuryClick HereIntermediateMedium/Large(514) 400-9136N/ADrum Kit, Keyboard, Microphones & PAIf you’re looking for a spot that welcomes Jazz and Hip-Hop, this
place is for you. The night starts off with a house band that plays
from 22:00 to 23:00, at which point the jam opens up to everyone.
Bring some lyrics, bring your instrument and hit the stage! For
those who went to the cyphers at Bleury Var à Vinyle, it’s the same
spot!
Le PionnierThursdayBlues, Rock, Classic Rock, Punk. VariesJam Night20:30 - 01:30286 Rue LakeshoreClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 630-8118N/ADrum Kit, Guitars, Amps, Microphones & PAThe Pionnier is a great, spacious bar in the West Island. Every Wednesday, a group of musicians bring their instruments and host the jam night. They welcome you to use their instruments, but feel free to bring your own. The night attracts an older crowd as well as a good number of regulars, and sign-up goes by a first come, first
served basis. Have fun and don’t miss out on their 60¢ wings!
Grumpy's Bar MontrealThursdayBluegrass, CountryBluegrass/Old-Time Jam Night21:30 - 02:301242 Rue BishopClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 866-9010Click HereMicrophones & PAA night of bluegrass and old-time music. The jam goes all night, just make sure you can keep up! Bring your banjo, mandolins, fiddles, double-bass’ and drum-boxes to join in on the fun. This night will sometimes end up with a dozen musicians playing on stage with a mic in the centre.
Bootlegger l'AuthentiqueThursdayHip-Hop, Rap, Soul, Neo-SoulCypher / Jam Session20:00 - 03:003481 Boulevard St. Laurent
(2ème Étage/2nd Floor)
Click HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium/Large(438) 383-2226Click HereDrum Kit, Amps, Microphones & PAUrban Science presents #LeCypher! Truly an incredible jam by half the jam group Urban Science, for musicians who love hip-hop, rap and instrumental jams. The night is loaded with talent and is one of the best in the city. Small but crowded, this jam is worth checking out and holds a torch next to Bar De Courcelle or Ye Olde Orchard, being one of the most reputable amongst musicians. All instruments are welcome! It’s not uncommon to see trumpets, saxophones and trombones onstage. All amplification is provided, but bring your own instrument, with the exception of drums and keys (which are available at the venue). If you’re an upcoming Rap or Hip-Hop artist, check this night out.
MariposaThursdayAcoustic, Blues, FolkOpen Mic19:00 - 22:005434 Chemin de la Côte-Saint-LucClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium(514) 699-5951N/AAcoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass, Cajon Drum, Amps, Microphones & PAMariposa is without question a home to passionate musicians around NDG. The owner has been playing in blues bands for 20 years, so you can imagine their open mic welcomes Blues and Classic Rock. There is a lot of heart behind the night and they never miss a week. The space is small and has a variety of instruments to play. All genres are welcome! Each performer gets two songs or 10-15 minutes, whichever comes first. Sign-up begins at 18:00, at which point you may warm up and play a song. If the list ends during the night, it starts over from the top. It is a great, comfortable place to start performing at, but you will come across some serious talent too.
Brasserie L’UnikThursdayBlues, Soul, RockBlues Jam Night21:00 - 01:30805 Boulevard DecarieClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 744-5345N/ADrum Kit, Microphones & PAThese guys are awesome. Held every Thursday at Brasserie L’Unik, this night pays great respect the blues. It is most often held by Pat Loiselle, Paul Arther and other local blues artists. The jam opens up with a first set by the band, followed by one open to the public. Signing up goes by a first come, first served basis. Definitely check this night out if you’re in the area. The size of the night may vary, and be sure to bring your own instruments.
Medley Simple MaltThursdayFolkOpen Mic21:00 - 02:306206 Rue St. HubertClick HereBeginner/Intermediate/AdvancedMedium(514) 271-7887Click HereAcoustic Guitar, Microphones & PA (4 inputs)A classic open mic outside of downtown Montreal, located between Beaubien and Rosemont metro stations. The open mic starts at 21:00 with musicians playing mostly folk music.
La Marche à CôtéThursdayVaries. Reggae, Latin, African, Jazz, Soul, Neo-Soul, R&B, Acoustic, Hip-HopJam Session21:00 - 03:005043 Rue Saint-DenisClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMediumN/AClick HereDrum Kit, Bass, Guitar, Microphones & PAThis jam night is a blast if you’re looking to play Jazzy, Afro-Latin
music, but the genres may change by week! It’s a fun crowd if
you’re looking to laugh, dance and socialize. If that’s your style, go
check it out! For more details, check their Facebook page.
L'EscalierWednesday
(monthly)
Varies. Folk, Acoustic, R&B, Bluegrass, BluesOpen Mic / Jam22:00 - 02:00VariesClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedSmall(514) 419-6609Click HereMicrophones & PAAn open mic and jam for locals. This place is extremely supportive of local artists, especially to those who enjoy playing folk and acoustic music. They also do a lot to support poetry and songwriting. This jam happens once or twice a month. Check their website or Facebook page for more updates on upcoming events. There is often an open mic and jam held on the first Wednesday of every month.
Théâtre Sainte CatherineWednesday
(monthly)
Soul, Neo-Soul, Funk, R&B, Jazz. VariesJam Night21:30 - 02:00264 Rue Ste. Catherine EstClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium(514) 284-3939Click HereKeyboard, Drum Kit, Microphones, Amps (Guitar & Bass)Fairly new in the city, this “Balagan Jam” is considered to be a jam night open to a wide range of instruments and musicians. Genres tend to centre around Soul, Funk, R&B and Jazz. The Balagan Jam crew has traveled far and wide to emerge today, naming themselves after the Yiddish word Balagan, which alludes to chaos. The crew is a collective of soul-jazz musicians, singers, rappers and dancers that you can find once a month on a Wednesday night for live open jam sessions. Some call it the most joyous mess in town!
Coop La Maison VerteThursday
(monthly)
Folk, Blues, R&B, Soul. VariesOpen Mic19:30 - 22:305785 Rue
Sherbrooke Ouest
Click HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedSmall(514) 489-8000Click HereKeyboard (Weighted), Microphones, AmpA small and intimate night truly supportive of local talent. Eleuthera is passionate about helping artists and often hosts the night. Acts range anywhere from circus performance and dance to music and poetry. This event is held inside Coop La Maison Verte, a store that promotes organic and environmentally friendly lifestyles. Please remember that this night happens about once a month, and we advise you check out their Facebook page before heading over. Enjoy!
La Marche à CôtéFriday
(monthly)
Dub, Reggae, Vintage Dancehall, Nü Roots, Old-SchoolDub Jam Session / Open Mic21:00 - 03:005043 Rue Saint-DenisClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium/LargeN/AClick HereCDJ 2000, DJM 900 Nexus, Wireless Shure SM 58, Monitors,
Microphones & PA
Hosted by Blackout Sound System, this night is held on the first
Friday of every month, celebrating Reggae, Dancehall and Dub
music. The stage is open to DJs, vocalists and upcoming artists,
and is a jam more than anything. For those looking to play records,
we’ve included a list of equipment provided in the ‘In-House
Instruments’ section. The night has a fun, peaceful atmosphere so if
you’re looking to dance and socialize, it’s a great spot. For a stage
plot, click here.
MariposaFriday
(monthly)
Bluegrass, Country, FolkJam Night18:00 - 22:005434 Chemin de la Côte-Saint-LucClick HereIntermediate/AdvancedMedium(514) 699-5951N/AAcoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass, Cajon Drum, Amps, Microphones &
PA
Mariposa is without question a home to passionate musicians in the
NDG area. On the first Friday of each month, Mariposa hosts their
First Friday Musicians Circle. It’s an acoustic evening of Bluegrass,
Country & Folk tunes and welcomes everyone to come play!
There’s no cover and a variety of instruments are welcomed to the
stage: guitars, dobros, fiddles, mandolins, banjos, harmonicas - you
name it! The owner’s very friendly and has been playing in blues
bands for 20 years. It’s a small space but you’ll be surprised by
some serious talent too. If you’re looking for a fun Friday evening,
Mariposa’s your place!
Gerts BarVariesVaries. Blues, Soul, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Reggae, Acoustic,
Hip-Hop, Rap
Open Mic / Jam SessionVaries3480 Rue McTavishClick HereBeginner/Intermediate/AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 398-3459Click HereVaries. Microphones & PAOpen mics and jam sessions are occasionally held at this student bar. Days are infrequent so we
suggest following their Facebook page for more details!
Reggies BarVariesMusic, Poetry, Comedy & MagicOpen Mic / Jam SessionVaries1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve OuestClick HereBeginner / Intermediate / AdvancedMedium/Large(514) 285-0599Click HereMicrophones & PAOnce in a while, this student-run bar showcases a wide range of talent at the heart of Concordia campus. This open mic involves everything from Hip-Hop to magic. It’s a great place to meet young artists between the ages of 18 to 25, especially if you are a student. Dates vary by the month so check out their website or Facebook
page for more updates! Nights tend to start around 19:00 and will sometimes turn into jam sessions later in the night (around 23:00). Performers usually get around 15 minutes to perform and specials on drinks are provided to those who come.


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Audiobarn is the newest addition to Montreal's musician's toolkit, providing an in-depth list of open mic, jam nights and cyphers in Montreal. While the information is somewhat accessible in different pockets across the internet, we found an opportunity in bringing all this golden information onto one platform in the hopes to save time and provide opportunities for local musicians to find other musicians and to jam together. (Read more...)

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Our mission at AudioBarn is to serve musicians, collaborate with music-related businesses and services, and be a valuable tool along the journey of being a musician. Much like when composing a song, we are passionate in the process of creating something new, listening to feedback, and improving our creation along the way. It may be that creating a perfect song is impossible, but in the same manner, we seek to continuously improve what we are offering in the hopes that it can aid in bringing people together under the shared love for music.