Live Music Venues in Edmonton
Whether you’re interested in up-and-coming artists or established stars, Edmonton has an impressive number of live music venues in which to catch them. Here are just a few!
The Starlite Room
There’s something to be said for watching a band in a small pub jammed full of your friends, standing so close to the stage that you can see the sweat gleaming on the lead guitarist’s face. That’s the experience at The Buckingham, a no-nonsense watering hole, unpretentious and affable, where bands on the more rocking side of the equation tend to find themselves when booking shows in Edmonton.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Situated almost equally between and behind a fabric store and a tattoo parlour, Union Hall presents a dizzying array of sounds, with metal, EDM, hip-hop, punk, and pop bands passing through their doors. Modest Mouse and Yukon Blonde, Earl Sweatshirt and the Darkness have all graced the stage at Union Hall, as well as celebrated English post-punks Echo & the Bunnymen. Stake out a spot early on, as the dance floor in front tends to fill up early.
Midway Music Hall
In one section of Midway Music Hall, you'll find craft cocktails, food, beer, and wine. In the other section, you'll discover a live music space that's as uncomplicated and straightforward as a hall can get. As many as 1,300 people can fit in the room, and if you’ve ever been there to watch shows like The Tea Party or Method Man and Redman then you’ve seen exactly what that looks like. A trip back to the bar from the front of the stage requires balance and stamina to get through the press of a sold-out show.
Tom Murray is an Edmonton-based writer and model railroad enthusiast originally from Harrogate, England. When not writing on music or arts, he turns his attention to fine tuning his 4 cycle waybill system, or painstakingly adding buildings, trees, cars and other fixtures to his model railroad town, Crabville. Tom currently lives in Clareview with his cat Gandalf and a large collection of old Marvel comic books.