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First open mic of the year attracts a variety of talent
Julie Van Horne, Steve Goldberger and Ed Bertoli played familiar favourites for an eager crowd at the Legion Sunday afternoon. Julia Sacco

For a chance to experience live music and good company look no further than the NOTL Legion’s Open Mic Night held on the last Sunday of each month. 

“As far as open mics go this one is very well-attended,” said host Randy Busbridge, known musically as Buzz Hummer. 

“It’s about 50/50 amateurs and professionals. A lot of people are just here to listen and have fun.”

Among the highlights of last Sunday afternoon were a performance from Julie Van Horne accompanied by various other musicians, including Rayburn Blake, the former guitarist for Mashmakhan, known for their chart-topping single “As The Years Go By.”

The group rocked the room with familiar favourites, including covers of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ ” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Ed Bertoli went solo and got the crowd singing along to hits like “Lay Down” by the Strawbs and “Pink Cadillac” by Bruce Springsteen. 

The Legion’s open mic usually attracts around 40 to 50 people and is open to anyone who wishes to share their talents.

“It’s very informal,” said Busbridge.

The next Open Mic Night is from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.

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