Open Mic & Jam Nights

...brought to you in part by @PortageCRC!
Next Open Mic: TBA
(2019-20 season finished early due to COVID-19)

Cedar Lounge (Royal Canadian Legion), 275 Duke Ave., Portage la Prairie
Music. Comedy. Drama. Hip-Hop. Poetry. You name it! Welcome to Portage la Prairie's interactive live entertainment event - featuring you. 

In Partnership with Badlands Promotions, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #65, Sawmill Tea + Coffee Co., & Visions of Independence Inc.,

Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival Presents the highly-popular Whoop & Hollar Open Mic & Jam Night, returning for its fourth season (2020-21)...


- Last Friday of the month, November to April (break in December)

  • October 30, 2020 (Host: Ron Nordstrom)

  • November 27, 2020 (Host: Monika Wall Jazz Trio)

  • January 29, 2021 (Host TBA)

  • February 26, 2021 (Host TBA)

  • March 26, 2021 (Host TBA)

  • April 30, 2021 (Host TBA)

- Anything goes 

- FREE (donations welcome but not necessary)

- Food and beverage available for purchase 

- Wheelchair-friendly access at north entrance of venue

- All are welcome; bring a friend!


DOORS: 6:30 pm 

HOST PERFORMANCE: 7:00 - 7:30 pm

OPEN MIC: 7:30 - 9:00 pm 

JAM SESSION: 9:00 - 11:00 pm 

(order of events subject to change) 



Come celebrate our community's young, emerging, and seasoned artistic talent during a fun evening of local entertainment followed by a public jam session. Bring your instruments and voices for the jam! 



Enjoy live music and artistic performances in an intimate setting. Feel free to drop by and perform at the open mic (see details below), participate in the jam, or just come and hang out. Each month, the event program will be hosted by a local musician, artist, or other performer, featuring a half-hour opening set. 


Short for "open microphone," an open mic is a live show at a small, public venue where any audience members who are emerging and established artists are given the opportunity to perform a short set onstage and share their talent with others. Networking with other musicians and the public is also a cool thing about open mics. 


Each performance is typically 10-15 minutes in length and can showcase anybody's artistic talent or original creative work from music to song, dance, comedy, theatre, visual art, hip hop, poetry, literature, and other art media. You never know what you're going to see or hear! If you want to perform, please read the details at the bottom of this page. 





In this context, a jam session simply refers to playing music and singing with others, not doing a formal gig with professional musicians in front of an audience (although people are encouraged to come and listen to the jam). It's a time for anyone to showcase their own music, play along to others' tunes, have fun, and create new sounds. Dancing is more than welcome! 


***Artists interested in performing at the open mic are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes before the 7:30 pm showtime and will be selected on a first come-first served basis. If you are a touring performer and would like to host the open mic, please email for more information. 

Anyone wanting to participate in the jam session or attend as an audience member can arrive at any time between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm.



If you are wishing to perform at the Open Mic, the provided equipment (courtesy of Badlands Promotions) will consist of a PA system with two speakers, three mics with stands, and cords.

Please supply all other equipment you will need for your performance.

There's also a piano on stage, which needs its ivories tickled every now and again.