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NOTL musician to host monthly open mic at the Legion
Randy Busbridge, AKA Buzz Hummer, will be hosting an open mic at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 on the first Sunday of each month, from Oct. 6. (supplied)

On the first Sunday of each month beginning Oct. 6, Randy Busbridge will be hosting an open mic at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124. From 2 to 6 p.m., amateurs and experienced musicians will be welcome to wander into the King Street location for an afternoon of music in support of the Legion.

Busbridge, who says he will be hosting the shows under his stage name Buzz Hummer, wanted to organize the monthly event so he could continue playing music locally, to support the legion, and to encourage more people from town to get together over a shared interest in performing.

The open mic isn’t limited to musicians, Busbridge said comedians are also encouraged to take a stand at the mic.

“I’m a musician, I like to play. I’m getting a bit long in the teeth to be packing up from a bar at 2 a.m. and driving home, so I was just looking for something to do locally. The legion seemed like a good idea,” Busbridge says.

He’ll host once a month for now, but said he hopes the event will gain momentum, in which case he would discuss holding more frequent dates. Either way, he said he’s happy to be able to support the Legion and wants to encourage more people to come out and do the same.

“One of the reasons I approached the Legion was to try and help them. The Legion helps our veterans and they’re always looking for funds, so anything that helps the Legion support our veterans, that’s important.” Busbridge says.

He says Niagara-on-the-Lake is full of talented musicians that he’d love to see come out.

“My main message is: I know you’re out there. Come out and share your talents. You’re amongfriends.”