Open Mic LIVE – Putting the Spotlight on Local Talent

Presented in partnership with the Mississauga Arts Council.


Presented in LIVE, our in-house restaurant, the Open Mic LIVE program offers a platform for local talent - from hobbyists to emerging artists - to be showcased in a comfortable and welcoming environment. 

It’s a chance for first-timers as well as seasoned performers to step onto the stage in front of a live and supportive audience.  Each month, the program features a new line-up of performers from musicians to spoken word artists.

Artists who perform with us during the year may be selected to perform in the final show of the season called the Best of Open Mic LIVE.

The Best of Open Mic LIVE is a ticketed show that takes place in RBC Theatre that showcases some of the stand-out performances we have seen throughout the year. This is an opportunity for artists to take the next step and perform in a professional atmosphere and gain some stage experience in front of an appreciative audience.

We invite everyone to join us to experience an Open Mic LIVE evening – it is a great night out starring tremendous local talent.

Our Open Mic Host

Arlene Paculan

Arlene is an award-winning Filipino-Canadian from Mississauga. Since 2010, she has toured across Canada, UK, Europe and the US. Throughout her career, she has consistently campaigned the idea of a positive self-image using the titles of her original songs, "I’m Worth It" and "Shine So Bright". Her story of transforming from an introverted, shy individual to hosting her own TV show supports her belief that we all have a voice that can be expressed through art. She currently hosts a TV Show called Striving Artist on Filipino TV. Her current album Home with You is available on iTunes and Spotify. www.officialarlene.com


Open Mic LIVE 2019-20 Season Dates: Open Mic is cancelled for the remainder of the season.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM, First Act: 7 PM

Cover Charge: * $5
*Will be applied to food purchases over $5 excluding taxes.

Reservations are encouraged as space is limited. Reservations are suggested for groups with 4 or more guests.

Please call LIVE restaurant to reserve your table – 905-306-6116.

Interested in Performing?

If you are a performing artist interested in booking a spot in our Open Mic LIVE program, please complete the sign-up form below.

Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by our Programme Coordinator.

Things to note:

  • You must be 16 years of age and older to perform
  • All performers must be scheduled in advance of their performance date
  • Each artist is given approximately 8 minutes of performance time
    • 2 songs only – musicians/vocalists
    • 8 minutes – spoken word/comedians
  • Artists must bring their own instruments/tracks
  • We welcome performances in all languages
  • You must complete the online application first. Your spot will be confirmed only once you have heard back from our Coordinator.  If you haven’t heard back, you do not have a spot assigned.
  • We are unable to accommodate dance performances at this time.


Our stage set-up includes:  stand-up mics, speakers, soundboard and lighting.

* Artists must supply their own instruments – keyboard, drums, guitar, etc. and playback devices.


Should you have any questions about Open Mic LIVE, please contact Programme Coordinator,

Claudia Di Pietro at claudia.dipietro@livingarts.on.ca or 905.306.6122

Highlights From Our 2018-19 Season: