Best Live Music Venues in Calgary

King Eddy concert, one of the best live music venues in Calgary
King Eddy concert, one of the best live music venues in Calgary
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Best Live Music Venues in Calgary

Explore a vibrant stretch of live music venues in the heart of Calgary.

Live music fans rejoice! Calgary is known as the Country Music Capital of Canada but has also become a hot spot for virtually every genre of music. The city’s Music Mile is at the heart of the music scene, with over 20 live music venues stretching from Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in the East Village, to the Blues Can in historic Inglewood. Or you can rock out to local talent at Broken City Social Club with a tall can in hand, score tickets to chart toppers at the Scotiabank Saddledome, or be the first to know about intimate concert experiences at Knox United Church. From small music venues and bars with live music to headlining stadium shows and live music downtown, these are the best places to see live music in Calgary.

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Close up shot of a key board player performing at the The Palomino Smokehouse.

The Palomino Smokehouse.

Restaurants and bars with live music in Calgary

The Palomino Smokehouse

It’s punk, rock, old school hip-hop, folk, metal, and country at The Palomino Smokehouse. With two floors of live music, and one of the best summer patios around, this live music venue has all the character and charm of a hidden gem in the heart of downtown Calgary. You can usually find a tall can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a plate of house made barbeque brisket too.

Location: 109 7 Ave SW

 

The Blues Can

The Blues Can is a full-time live music venue that hosts live shows seven days a week. Local talent, international players, open mic nights, jam sessions, and nightly performances make this the perfect place for a night out on the town. Pair your night of live music with a bowl of jambalaya, catfish and chips, or a pulled pork sandwich for the complete blues experience.

Location: 1429 9 Ave SE

 

Broken City Social Club

For more than 15 years, Broken City Social Club has been a hub for live music in Calgary. Grab a tall can on the main floor or move your way to the front of the dance floor for the best in indie rock, punk, and new wave music. And never miss a chance for an intimate show on the rooftop patio as local musicians rock 11th Avenue crowds. Broken City is also a popular hang out for live comedy shows, trivia, dancing, and karaoke.

Location: 613 11 Ave SW

 

Commonwealth Bar & Stage

Take an old warehouse and convert it into one of Calgary’s best live music venues. That’s what makes Commonwealth Bar & Stage a late night destination for live music, with two floors of entertainment to explore. The main floor hosts weekly shows while some of the city’s best hip hop DJs bring the energy in the basement level for hip hop nights. You might even catch a performance by club founders and local favourites Smalltown DJs on any given night.

Location: 731 10 Ave SW

 

Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar

Hosting live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar transforms itself into an intimate venue that is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and discover local performers. Grab a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a late night shot of espresso and check out singer songwriters in Inglewood.

Location: 909 10 St SE

 

Ironwood Stage & Grill

Location: 1229 9 Ave SE

 

King Eddy

Historic, legendary, and full of stories, The King Eddy has an unmatched legacy in the city of Calgary. With over 100 years of local history, the popular music venue was a legendary blues club before being restored by the National Music Centre. Today, “The Eddy” hosts the best in Canadian talent in the main performance space and on the open air rooftop patio. A trip to the King Eddy isn’t complete without peering into the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, housed just next door on the ground floor of Studio Bell.

Location: 438 9 Ave SE

 

Mikey’s on 12th

It’s always a good vibe at Mikey’s on 12th, the popular Beltline restaurant and live music venue. Known for hosting a full calendar of blues, rock, jazz, tribute shows, open mic nights, karaoke, and drag performances, Mikey’s serves up a full menu of classic pub fare and tacos too. Located on the downtown cycle track, it’s easy to bike to the next concert at Mikey’s.

Location: 918 12 Ave SW


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A crowd dancing at the Palace Theatre in Calgary

The Palace Theatre.

Concert venues in Calgary

The Palace Theatre

There isn’t a bad spot in the house at The Palace Theatre, with three levels to view the stage and take in the sound. Hosting everything from punk, rock, and electronic to hip hop, pop, and drag, this Stephen Avenue venue is a great chance to see up and coming acts before they head to the stadium circuit. Arrive early and check your coat for general admission shows for the best chance to be front row for your favourite band.

Location: 219 8 Ave SW

 

Bella Concert Hall

State-of-the-art acoustics put the Bella Concert Hall on the map for live music in Calgary. Cozy and luxurious balcony seating makes each performance feel like a special occasion on the beautiful campus of Mount Royal University. Inspired by the prairie barns of Alberta, don’t forget to look up to the ceiling, designed to look like a prairie rose.

Location: 18 Mt Royal Cir SW

 

Jack Singer Concert Hall

Home to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the famed Jack Singer Concert Hall is one of the most popular venues in the city. Located in Arts Commons, it’s a great idea to pair a night of live music at the Jack Singer with shopping and dinner along Stephen Avenue, a trip up the Calgary Tower, or a picnic at Olympic Plaza.

Location: 225 8 Ave SE

 

MacEwan Hall

This University of Calgary venue packs a punch, with contemporary hit makers, classic acts, and all ages concerts throughout the year. MacEwan Hall is a general admission venue with a big sound. Check out the events calendar to stay up-to-date on upcoming shows.

Location: 2500 University Dr NW

 

Scotiabank Saddledome

Pop chart toppers and country music superstars take the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The biggest live music venue in Calgary, it’s the roar of 17,000 fans that makes this a special live music experience with all the bright lights and big sound you can handle. It’s hosted everyone from Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Luke Bryan to the Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, and Arkells. Take Calgary Transit to the Victoria Park/Stampede station for an easy way to get to and from the show.

Location: 555 Saddledome Rise SE

 

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

For more than 60 years, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium has hosted everything from intimate acoustic shows to classical performances. Home to the Calgary OperaAlberta Ballet, and Broadway Across Canada, the 2,500 seat theatre can easily switch between casual performance space and extravagant night on the town. That’s what makes it one of the top places to see live music in Calgary.

Location: 1415 14 Ave NW


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Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (Photo credit: Brandon Wallis).

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (Photo credit: Brandon Wallis).

Intimate music venues in Calgary

Studio Bell

The hub of Calgary’s Music MileStudio Bell, home of the National Music Centre tells the story of music in Canada with five floors of memorabilia, interactive exhibits, and Canadian Music Halls of Fame. The King Eddy next door hosts a more regular lineup of shows but look for special events and exclusive interviews in the main Performance Hall at Studio Bell. One-of-a-kind performances and interviews with Tegan and Sara, Ron Sexsmith, Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Raine Maida, are the hottest tickets in the city as soon as events are announced.

Location: 850 4 St SE

 

Festival Hall

Home to the Folk Festival Society of Calgary, Festival Hall is an intimate performance space that brings the passion and energy of the Calgary Folk Music Festival to town all year. Film, food, theatre, and poetry workshops bring this intimate space to life for special performances in the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood.

Location: 1215 10 Ave SE

 

Knox United Church

Location: 506 4 St SW

 

Lantern Community Church

Another local church with a tradition of hosting live music in Calgary, the Lantern Community Church hosts select classical performances, candlelight concert experiences, and special events each year. Home to the Inglewood Music Club, don’t miss the opportunity to see live music in this special space.

Location: 1401 10 Ave SE

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