This post has been saved as a draft forever! The only thing holding me back was adding the pictures. I finally got around to it today….so here it is!
Back in March we attended the Tyler Yuke Memorial Open Mic Night at The Outback (Sault College). Greg won the Tyler Yuke Memorial Bursary this year, and not only was he performing, but many of his drumming students were performing and he was meeting Tyler Yuke’s family.
Being new to the Soo, I didn’t know much about Tyler Yuke, or the history of Open Mic night at Sault College. Tyler was a student in Sault College’s Outdoor Parks and Recreation program. From what I’ve heard, he was very passionate about his studies and brought a lot of spirit to his program (they all seemed quite close from what I could see!). Tyler also loved music and started a monthly open mic night at The Outback. He tragically passed away in a hiking accident in Gros Cap. Since then, an open mic memorial night has been held in his honour every year and his family continues to make the trip up to the Soo to attend. Tyler’s brother also shared some of his memories with us before treating everybody to an excellent performance on the bagpipe! He was very sweet and when everybody started clapping along he eventually had to politely ask us to stop as it was throwing him off. 🙂
Greg is also not from the Soo and also enrolled in the Outdoor Parks and Rec program. Back in Toronto he used to drum as part of an African drumming circle. With nobody to drum with in the Soo, he decided to buy the drums, sell them to interested people (supply them!) and then teach them how to drum! His students played and they were amazing! 🙂
In all, the night was touching, entertaining and really showcased some of the local young talent and spirit in the city.