On Jan. 7th, YOU are the featured poet! Only open mic readers all night long.
Our Jan. 7rd reading will be an experiment: It will be stripped right down to open mic readers. No featured poet, or any other fancy touches.
Originally, January was going to be a holiday month, to give the organizer a mid-year time off, but instead we've decided to test out an open-mic-only evening. It will still amount to an organizing holiday: There won't be a musician, or photos taken that then have to be posted, or videos shot that then have to be posted, or summaries that need to be written and posted, etc etc. Only this announcement. And maybe an email.
It won't be totally without form or structure. There will be a host. And there will be a sign-up sheet for open mic readers, of which we'll take more than usual. There will be a donation jar, the use of which earns a raffle ticket, as per usual. And there'll be an audience. And my God of course there'll be lots of wine and Greek food.
This would be a good occasion for our former and future featured poets to lay out some good lines, since there won't be any single individual featured. There will be lots of time for them and everyone else.
Come in early to sign up. If you're in the first twenty you will likely get to read before 9:00. However, Mykonos stays open till 11:00 and we'll keep going until everyone who wants to read has. Or they kick us out. The reason to sign up in the first 20 is that after that the audience may begin to shrink. It may. It has happened that people have become more excited with time, not less. That could very well happen this time. At any rate, it's going to be different.
WHERE: The Mykonos Restaurant at 572 Adelaide St. North, London, Ontario. The restaurant has a large, covered terrace just behind the main restaurant, which comfortably holds 60 poetry lovers. Mediterranean food and drinks are available. Overflow parking is available across the side street and in the large lot one block north, in front of Trad’s Furniture.
WHEN: Wed. Jan. 7th, 2015.
MUSIC: We are quietening down our music to allow for easier conversation than was possible in the past. Consequently, we will have live accompanying music from 6:30 to 7:00, or, if we can't get the right musician, piped-in restaurant music.
THE FEATURED POET: No featured poet this time.
OPEN MIC: At least 20 open mic poets will read during the two hours from 7:00 to 9:00. Each poet has five minutes: That's about one long poem and two short ones. (Reading for too long tends to be frowned upon by the audience.) Sign up on the reader`s list, which is on the book table at the back. It's first come, first served. We will continue reading till closing time at 11:00 after a final break at 9:00, if we have enough readers, but those reading after 9:00 should expect the crowd to be seriously thinned out by then.
RAFFLE PRIZES: Anyone who donates to London Open Mic Poetry Night receives a ticket for a raffle prize, three of which will be picked after the intermission. The prizes consist of poetry books donated by Brick Books and The Ontario Poetry Society. Donations are our only source of income. We still haven't paid off our initial debt!
Rest Pencil work by London artist James Wood
See James Wood's blog for his descriptions of how his drawings, including this one, evolve, and how he creates them.
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See the Slide Show of Dec. 3rd open mic....
Yes, it's proof that our venue is the most beautiful, the most perfect, room for poetry anywhere in Canada: the terrace room of Mykonos Restaurant.
How it went: The Dec. 3rd London Open Mic
The 3rd event of the 3rd season of London Open Mic Poetry Night was a rousing success with 48 in the audience to experience Sarnia's Debbie Okun Hill read her poetry and listen to all 18 open mic readers.
Fran Figge, current president of The Ontario Poets Society (TOPS), introduced Hill, who has long been on the executive of the large Ontario association herself. Hill's reading received huge applause, as did her responses to questions that followed. (You can hear all of it in this video, courtesy of Kenny Khoo.)
Dec. 3rd was an experiment in one sense. We've always had live music at our events, in the half hour before the poetry begins and during the intermission. However, we've had complaints that the music is so loud as to make it difficult for audience members to converse. Since part of the reason for London Open Mic's existence is to provide a space for London's poets to get together and to get to know each other, we decided to try an event with only the restaurant's piped-in music. A poll after the intermission showed that many more appreciated the quietude than wanted the music restored. So from now on that's the way it will be.
Another change: We have normally limited our open mic readers to 15, who finish reading between 9:00 and 9:30. But since we consistently have more than 15 who want to read, and since Mykonos stays open till 11:00, we have decided to change our policy and let everyone who wants to read do so. However, we will make sure they understand that anyone who signs up after the first 15 slots are filled will be reading to a reduced audience of only those who can keep going that late. In other words, it's still best to get there early enough to sign up in the first 15. This time we had 18 readers.
There was only one sour note in the evening. At day's end we had several complaints that one gentleman near the back held a fairly loud conversation with a friend throughout much of the evening, which interfered with the listening ability of audience members around him. To this gentleman and any others with the desire to talk above a whisper, please sit at a table in the restaurant's front room where you won't be causing a disturbance.
Videos of the readers:
Dec. 3rd open mic readers:
Open Mics will be quieter from now on.
Having live music at the open mic is a nice idea, but it has a negative side effect: It tends to be too loud for easy, enjoyable conversation amongst audience members. And we've noticed that most people try to talk during the music. Few are listening to it.
So we've decided that, beginning at the next event, on Dec. 3rd, we will only use musicians who don't mind just providing accompaniment to the conversation, and on those times we can't find any we'll just go with the restaurant's piped-in music.
We understand that many of the readings in Toronto have no music at all, just the buzz of conversation. After two seasons, we also have reached the point of not having to provide entertainment to get people to come to our events.
UPCOMING POETRY EVENTS
IN THE LONDON AREA:
(See the page, Upcoming Poetry Events, for more details.)
Plus, for the coming week: All poetry events In Toronto
Tues. Dec. 16, Penn Kemp's Gathering Voices Radio Show on chrw radio
When: 6:30-7:00 pm (R. December 23, 2014 6:30-7:00 am).
Featuring Cat Kidd’s Hyena Subpoena, Part 2. A formative figure in the
Montreal poetry scene since the early 90s, Catherine Kidd is the
author of the novel Missing the Ark, the poetry collection Bipolar
bear and a critically acclaimed solo show, Sea Peach. Her most recent
poem series, Hyena Subpoena, was presented in 2011, and released as
CD/book in May 2014; see catkidd.com/. We'll hear several of these
poems with soundscapes now.
Wed. Jan. 7th: London Open Mic Poetry Night
An experiment: It will be stripped right down to open mic readers. No featured poet, or any other fancy touches. Bare bones basic.
WHERE: The Mykonos Restaurant at 572 Adelaide St. North,
WHEN: 6:30 pm
MUSIC: Quieter music than in the past to allow for easier conversation..
THE FEATURED POET: No featured poet this time.
OPEN MIC: At least 20 open mic poets will read during the two hours from 7:00 to 9:00. Each poet has five minutes: That's about one long poem and two short ones. We will continue reading till closing time at 11:00 after a final break at 9:00.
RAFFLE PRIZES: Anyone who donates to London Open Mic Poetry Night receives a ticket for a raffle prize.
PRE-READING WORKSHOP: 6:30-7:30
WHERE: Landon Martha Bishop Community Room
Landon, Library, Wortley Village
No Registration Required Free. Drop in.
More events coming: Email me any poetry-related event, any kind of poetry, it all goes here. firstname.lastname@example.org