The Best Places to See Live Music
The world’s hottest musical acts 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. Just remember to get your tickets early.
The Starlite Room has been a staple of Edmonton’s live music scene since 2004. In the heart of downtown, this historic brick building was built in 1925 and is one of the best places to see a show. With a two-level layout, you can boogie on the dance floor or, if you’re looking to sit, head to the high-top bar upstairs where you’ll have an unobstructed view of the stage— Of course this is a popular spot, so get their early to secure a seat! Be advised that you must pay a $5 membership fee to attend a show.
Located downtown on Jasper Ave, The Station is Edmonton’s newest music venue. 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 seven days a week. Leaving no genre unexplored, you’ll find everything from Canadian musicians like Serena Ryder and Lights to local country artists like Alee or Olivia Rose. With a capacity of over 400 people, there’s plenty of room for everyone, no matter what day of the week.
Music buffs can find refuge at Black Dog Freehouse on one of Edmonton’s trendiest streets, Whyte Avenue. 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, where you’ll find live music every single Saturday.
This is one hidden gem that locals would probably like to keep to themselves, where 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.
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!
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.