IGNITE throws another Open Mic Night

by | Feb 14, 2019 | A&E, IGNITE, Life

Daryna Sarhan, Arts Reporter

Dimmed lights, distant chatter and a faint popcorn smell wafted through a room filled with anticipation. On stage at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus is an empty chair waiting for its first performer.

The first to mount the stage walked up with his guitar, he seemed tense until the crowd began to sing along to his Weezer cover of Say it Ain’t So.

The 21-year-old guitarist and singer Austin Piercy studies intro to jazz at Humber College and he launched the Open Mic Night hosted by IGNITE on Jan. 30.

The monthly event is organized to encourage students to showcase their talents. Students can sign up, bring their friends and perform live in front of a friendly crowd.

Matt Cole performing stand-up comedy at the Open Mic Night at Lakeshore Campus on Jan. 30, 2019. (Daryna Sarhan)

It hosted all kinds of different talents: singers, dancers, spoken word monologues and stand-up comedians.

“It’s a time when students can take a moment away from classes and to chill,” said Shaina Smith, 20, the Events Associate for IGNITE. 

A variety of unlimited free snacks like popcorn, chips and soft drinks were offered throughout the night for all attendees. 

“It’s a good community and a great way to meet new people and make new friends,” Smith said. 

Humber student Amal Hanna performs a spoken word piece on living the truth and being yourself at Open Mic Night on Jan. 30, 2019. (Daryna Sarhan)

One of the performances was a monologue read by Amal Hanna, 30, who studies Mental Health and Addiction at Humber college. 

This was her first time participating in the Open Mic Night, “I thought it was very liberating and empowering, you never have these opportunities until they arise,” she said. 

In her monologue, Hanna talked about living the truth and being true to yourself. 

“I am kind of gearing towards advocating for bullying, so I would love to be a motivational speaker one day,” she said. 

Monica Contreras with her hands in the air singing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen at the Open Mic Night at Lakeshore Campus on Jan. 30, 2019. (Daryna Sarhan)

Open Mic Night is a place to not only perform but it’s also about meeting new people and making new friends. 

Olivia MacLeod, 18, a Business Management student at Humber College, she enjoys this event and has come to each one.

“I’ve been to every single one, it’s always entertaining,” she said. 

MacLeod likes telling dad jokes but she’s not ready to get up on the stage yet.

“I don’t think I’d ever get up on stage, I’m too nervous for that, but I might next month,” she said.

MacLeod finds the audience to be supportive of whoever is up there, the crowd always cheers she said.

“You guys should come, it’s awesome,” she said.