There is something about live music. It’s not just about the music, it’s about the entire experience: the crowd, the lights, the mood, the interaction, and the venue. Where a show takes place plays a huge part in the overall experience and sets the tone for the type of performance you’re about to enjoy. And while the big venues have their place in our city and have put on many amazing shows, here’s a shout out to the smaller, more intimate places to catch some amazing live music - right here in Downtown Calgary.
The Palace Theatre
219 8 Ave SW
This iconic spot on Stephen Avenue first opened its doors in 1921 during the golden age of cinema. Through the decades, that glamorous vintage movie house feel has been artfully maintained, adding a nostalgic air of elegance to your night out. Home to many concerts and live musical performances, The Palace Theatre makes for a wonderful venue to catch live music, right in the heart of downtown.
109 7 Ave SW
The Palomino has been consistently nominated as one of the Top 3 Live Music Venues in Calgary and one of the Top 50 Live Music Venues in Canada in CBC Radio 3's Listener’s Poll. Boasting an eclectic roster of music genres, you can find folk, garage, blues, rock, country, punk, metal, or live hip-hop on any given night. Unless otherwise noted, shows are a $10 cover with doors at 9 p.m. and bands at 10 p.m.
255 Barclay Parade SW
Boasting two locations in Calgary with one on the steps of Eau Claire Market, Fionn MacCool’s offers warm Irish hospitality and welcomes you to enjoy the best of food, drink and live music in a friendly atmosphere. Visit their website to see what shows each location has coming up.
1000 9 Ave SW
This pub is so underground, it actually is underground. Head on downstairs early and grab a meal before the live show - which, on any given night, can be pretty much anything. Check their website for upcoming shows and events that you can’t find anywhere else in town.
Stephen Avenue Live
Stephen Avenue Walk, 8 Ave SW
Warmer days are coming, we promise! Keep an eye out as Stephen Ave Live comes back to the avenue this March to kick off another season of live summer music. Stephen Avenue Live supports local performers and the vibrancy they contribute to Calgary’s Downtown, with six stages along Stephen Avenue and daily weekday performances between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.