Find out how Chad almost ruined a Jann Arden concert in 1994 and re-lived the experience 20 years later

Create Your Own Burning Spotlight Story

While we can’t all have the exact same experience that Chad Saunders faced with a BBQ-hot spotlight that almost ruined Jann Arden’s performance of Insensitive in 1994, you can create your own tale in Calgary that can be just as epic.

A good start is to check out some of the stars of this story.

Macewan Hall and Ballroom

Mac Hall is one of Calgary’s most well-known venues. Located on the University of Calgary campus, this hotspot has hosted hundreds of concerts and continues to welcome everything from emerging, grassroots local artists to some of the hottest touring acts in the world. Check out their events calendar to see what’s coming up. 

Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre

Opening in July of 2016, Studio Bell will be home to the National Music Centre (NMC), an institution celebrating Canada’s music industry and history. Home to both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Studio Bell will be a catalyst for discovery, innovation, and renewal through music with interactive exhibits, recording studios, live music venues, and sound labs. 

Music Mile

Studio Bell sits at the base of the Music Mile – a music mecca and one of Canada’s finest stretches of live venues. Running along and near 9th Avenue SE from the East Village through Inglewood, the Music Mile features great restaurants, unique shops, and more than a dozen spots to hear emerging and established artists from every genre imaginable. Buzzing with energy year-round, the Music Mile is the hub for Calgary’s musical soul. 

Calgary Music Venues

The music infrastructure in Calgary has been described as some of the world’s best by artists and audiences alike, so why not check out some of the different venues the city has to offer. We’ve detailed 5 of Calgary’s hottest music venues that each offer a great time for any music lover. 

Enjoy Some Post-Show Grub

Whether you feel like you just got burned by a light or you just enjoyed a great guitar solo, (even despite technical difficulties), there’s no better way to end your night than with some great food. Food blogger Dan Clapson has some tips on what food spots to check out in the wee hours of the morning, right after you’ve seen a concert. 

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