Open Mic

Open Mic

The SU is hosting an open mic every month where 6 chosen performers compete for a spot on that month's SUBstage Sessions. All selected performers will get professionally done headshots, a 15 minute set at Dewey’s for the open mic, and of course the chance to move on to the professional gig on SUBstage.

Open Mic is running 4 times this year. Dates and application deadlines are below!

Application Deadline Open Mic Date SUBstage Sessions Date
September 28, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 16 - 20, 2017
October 27, 2017 November 9, 2017 November 20 - 24, 2017
January 19, 2018 February 1, 2018 February 12 - 16, 2018
March 2, 2018 March 7, 2018 March 19 - 23, 2018

Information and Rules


  • Must have a valid OneCard
  • Cannot have previously won Open Mic
  • Max 2 people per set (solo/duo acts only), at least one being a U of A student

Application Process

  • Complete the application form on the website
  • Submit a 3-5 minute audio clip or video of you singing/performing
  • Participants can opt out of being on the ballot to win and move on to the SUBstage Sessions, but please know that they will not have priority during selections

Selection Criteria

  • 6 performers are chosen for the open mic
  • Selection committee is 30 students from a variety of backgrounds and programs
  • Focus is on competency and diversity
  • No karaoke tracks will be accepted

Rules for Selected Participants

  • Must be prepared with a 15 minute set
  • No hate speech/political intensity
  • Order of performers will be randomized
  • Each performer will have 15 minutes for their set
  • Covers are welcome and encouraged, as is original work


  • Each individual gets one ballot at Dewey’s at the end of the night
  • Ballots be accepted only after all performers are finished
  • Winner is the performer with the most ballots after all 6 have performed, and will move on to a 60 minute professional gig on SUBstage for that month's SUBstage Sessions.
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University of Alberta
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