Best Places to See Live Music in Edmonton

Oct 28, 2019

The world’s hottest concerts are heading to Edmonton— and you can catch them at venues as diverse as the artists themselves. From stadium shows, to concert halls, to underground haunts, Edmonton is mad for music. Here are some of the best places in Edmonton to catch live music and concerts. Just remember to get your tickets early!

Small Venues

The Starlite Room

The Starlite Room has been a staple of Edmonton’s live music scene since 2004. Located in the heart of downtown, this historic brick building was built in 1925. With a two-level layout, you can boogie on the dance floor or sit at the high-top bar upstairs where you’ll have a clear view of the stage—Of course this is a popular spot, so get their early to secure a seat! Note that you must pay a $5 membership fee to attend a show. The membership is valid for one year.

Station On Jasper

Grab a seat at the bar, share a booth with friends, or snag a spot in front of the stage where live music happens nearly every day. Leaving no genre unexplored, the Station has plays host to both internationally known musicians and Edmonton's finest local artists. With a capacity of over 400 people, there’s plenty of room for everyone, no matter what day of the week.

Black Dog

Music buffs can find refuge at Black Dog Freehouse on Whyte Avenue, one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods. At first glance, Black Dog feels like your typical English pub, but upon entering, you’ll find one of the most laid back venues in the city. Hang out under the starry sky on the rooftop (aptly named the “Wooftop,’) or make your way downstairs to Underdog. You’ll find live music here every single Saturday.

Blue Chair Cafe

The Blue Chair Cafe is one of Edmonton's hidden gem's that locals would probably like to keep to themselves. Here, you will find a laid-back cafe setting and a variety of musical acts taking the stage throughout the week. Blue Chair Cafe is a small venue, hidden in the midst of a high traffic area, but it produces large waves for its eclectic 70s atmosphere and hearty plates.

The Yardbird Suite

Your ears will be spoiled with the crème de la crème of jazz talent at The Yardbird Suite. This intimate, volunteer-run jazz lounge has been noted as one of the 100 Great Jazz Clubs around the world and has been a venue for performers in Edmonton since 1957. The casual and intimate venue averages 75 concerts per performance season, so you are sure to find your groove no matter when you’re in town!

The Aviary

This small, hole in the wall venue is loved by many in Edmonton. From live music to art shows and theatre performances, there is always a good time to be had. Catch some of Edmonton and Alberta’s best up and coming local bands and musicians in this unique, intimate setting.

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