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Guide: 8 places to catch the best live music in Calgary

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Alright, live music lovers, this one’s for you. In honour of the month of Sled Island (also known as June), we’ve teamed up with the music & arts festival to bring you our favourite selection of live music venues in Calgary.

King Eddy

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This newly restored restaurant and bar has an impressive history and an even more impressive future. With a rooftop patio (available for private event rental) and live music most nights, this place has quickly become one of our favourites.

Palomino Smokehouse

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Live music? Check. BBQ? Heck yeah!!! This 7th Ave staple not only has some of the best southern-style BBQ in town, they also have live performances on the reg. Load up on classics from their impressive menu before heading down to their showroom for some tunes and cheap beers!

HiFi Club

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Okay, this is for the music lovers who enjoy something a bit more…electric. You can catch the resident DJs spinning up a storm Thursday to Sunday. On Saturdays, you can catch live sets by various special guests, DJs and bands.

Dickens Pub

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This (literally) underground bar might be a little intimidating, but don’t be scared off- it has a laid back vibe, tasty grub and great entertainment. Live entertainment includes everything from punk to rock to video-game events (we’re still unsure about that one, but hey- whatever floats your boat!).

Broken City

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This is the spot you can keep yourself entertained 7 nights a week. From Comedy Night to Trivia Night, to karaoke, they have something for everyone. Most importantly, they have live music on Thursdays!


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Fishbowls, pinball, and live music make this place a triple-threat. With weekly pinball tournaments and DJs spinning fresh tracks, this place gives you weekend vibes on the daily.

Ship & Anchor

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If you’ve ever stepped foot on 17th Ave, you know this Calgary institution. Great place for patio hangs, great place for food, great place for live tunes!

Tubby Dog

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More than just hot dogs, people! Yep, this 17th Ave classic is actually a live music venue, just check their Facebook for special events! They’ve also got Tubby Fest II in August, so check it out for some local jams.

Did we mention that all of the above are 2019 Sled Island venues? With the Discovery Pass, you’ll be able to get access to all events, including to the venues listed above. If you hate waiting in lines, we recommend the Discovery Plus Pass- you get priority access and some serious bragging rights.

But hey, whether it’s during Sled Island or the rest of the year, get out there and support live music in Calgary, pals!

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