Couch Sessions delivers open mic magic

Tyler Waugh

The first Friday night of the month has become synonymous with open mic nights at The Old Grind over the past number of years.

And they’re not going to let a pesky global pandemic get in the way of offering live local music, shifting the show online for April 3 in what they are calling Live From The Old Grind – The Couch Sessions.

“We are looking for ways to connect with our community.  It’s been a tough few weeks for everyone, we just want to help people find new ways to find a little joy in their day, have a little fun, listen to some home grown music.  The beautiful thing is now anyone can play from anywhere,” said Melanie Widenmaier, owner of The Old Grind.

Former Hintonite Bob Roach, who worked with the venue on live shows in the past, has collaborated to host this event as well. Jacqueline Delisle will be managing the technology that will bring artists’ music from their living rooms to the audience in their own homes through a live feed on Facebook.

“It’s been a blast planning it,” said Widenmaier.

Ten artists with Hinton roots are already signed on for entertainment, including Mark Guebert, who will be performing live from his home in Victoria, BC. 

“The beautiful thing is now anyone can play from anywhere,” said Widenmaier. “The sky is the limit!  If it is as much of a hit as we are pretty sure it will be, we will continue hosting them in the coming weeks.”

The show starts at 7 pm and is available for viewing through

The Couch Sessions is one of a growing list of entertainment options that are being offered online in the age of social distancing for COVID-19.

The PATH is posting recorded performances on its Facebook page as part of the Social Distancing Talent Show. The Home Routes Concert Series, which traditionally sees groups of around 20 -30 people enjoy intimate concerts in local living rooms, also moved its performances online in March, with concerts scheduled through until April 6 for now. Check out for the most up to date information available.

Other online offerings include  The Northern Rockies Museum and their “Quarantrain” at home learning series for children. Get more details by visiting

And if your kids are getting tired of just hearing your voice, the library has been offering book readings. For more please visit