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Oct 31, 2002, vol. 25, no. 5
By Diane Luckow

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Jazz trios, acoustic guitar players, electronic musicians, singers, poets, spoken word performers - OpenMic night at the SFU Highland pub has hosted them all at its first three events.

“I've been surprised by the quality,” says organizer Ian Gregson. “We've had some very talented singers and performers.” By the third event Oct. 9, the audience had grown to about 150 spectators and there were 20 performers clamouring for their moment in the limelight.

“I was completely overwhelmed,” says Gregson, a computer systems coordinator in Strand Hall. He initiated the monthly live performance evening because, he says, “there seemed to be a need and a desire to get some activities going and I thought I'd do my bit.”

Gregson opens each event by playing instrumental rock on his Fender guitar, then turns the stage over to about a dozen performers who each perform for 15-20 minutes.

Each event's best performer wins a $100 gift certificate donated by the SFU Microcomputer store. In the near future, Gregson plans to produce a compilation CD to be used as a fundraiser for the university.
Watch for OpenMic nights Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

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