Up by 8AM: Early Bird Jams


5 Nights To Play & Be Up By 8AM


Have things to do in the morning but still want to get a few songs in? Here’s a list of five places you can play and still be in bed by 11pm. We all know what it’s like to yearn for your craft while working 5, 6 or even 7 days week. It’s hard to juggle music with work, family, a social life and a healthy lifestyle. As artists sometimes we end up balancing our passions while struggling to make ends meet. That’s why we’ve put together five spots to play at that’ll leave you with a full night’s sleep and ready for work in the morning.



1) Smoke Meat Pete: Smoked Meat Pete hosts a Blues Jam Night five days a week, starting at 19:30 and finishing at 23:00. This place holds a torch for Blues players and should not be missed if you’re one of them! It’s a friendly crowd and if you want to find out more, check out their Facebook page or simply consult our catalogue. (West Island)


2) Anticafé Montréal: Every Friday, Anticafé Montréal hosts a jam session in the Old Port that starts at 19:30 and ends just before 22:00. It often combines elements of Jazz, Classical and Acoustic music, though everything is welcome. If you’re looking to join in on a few songs, have a coffee and relax at a friendly cafe, this is your place! Check their Facebook page for more details. (Old Montreal)


3) Mariposa: Mariposa is a legendary spot amongst local musicians in NDG. They have an open mic every Thursday that starts at 19:00 and ends at 22:00. It’s a fantastic night in which everybody is welcome. Play your heart out and remember sign-up starts at 18:00 (all genres and skill-levels welcome). They also host a monthly jam night called the First Friday Musicians Circle. It’s a night of Bluegrass, Country and Folk that starts at 18:00 and ends at 22:00 on the first Friday of every month. Check out our catalogue for more info. (NDG)


4) Yellow Door Coffeehouse: Every Friday, the Yellow Door Coffeehouse hosts a friendly open stage that starts at 20:30 and ends at 00:00. It’s all-acoustic, meaning there are no microphones and the evening features mostly folk and spoken word, but variety is encouraged! Sign-up starts at 20:00, and everyone is welcome. Have fun and check their Facebook page for more details. (McGill Ghetto)


5) Dièse Onze: Dièse Onze hosts a couple jam nights a week, but their Sunday Vocal Jam is noteworthy as it starts at 20:00 and finishes before at 23:00. If you’re a singer that loves Jazz standards, check this evening out! Click here for their Facebook page. (Plateau)



Now don’t worry about your troubles, stay productive and grab an extra-large coffee in the morning 😉 There’s always room for a short set.



*A couple more solutions for artists swamped with work:

Le Dépanneur Café hosts an open stage for musicians 7 days a week between 10:00 and 17:00. You’re given an hour long set which repeats every week over a 3-month period. Check out their Facebook page. If you have a fixed schedule, this place is perfect for weekly performing. (This is an audition-based opportunity which you can learn more about in our article. (Mile End) 

Busking can be intimidating but it’s a great way to keep your music polished. There are spots all over the city, you can find 57 of them here. You can play for 2 to 3 hours depending on the location, and spots are open from early morning to late at night. For info check out our Busking Handbook.



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