Edmonton’s best live music venues

If you're not one of the lucky few who has tickets to Folk Fest 2016, get your fill of live music at these local venues. Folk Fest, which runs August 4 to 7, 2016, is a reminder of how fun it can be to see your favourite bands (or new bands!) in person. Whether you can't make it to Gallagher Park or simply weren't able to get tickets, you can still get your fill of great music in Edmonton almost any night of the week. 

DV8 Tavern

1
8130 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4B1

Featuring concerts, karaoke and art shows, DV8 always makes for an entertaining night out. As their name suggests, you’re not going to find mainstream acts here, but you will be treated to their $5 menu of chicken wings, corn dogs, onion rings and more. They’ve got an extensive drink menu and, for beer-lovers, $4 domestic and $5 premium beers are on hand.

Mercury Room

2
10575 114th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3J6

Come to catch a local band here or host your own event; The Mercury Room is flexible like that. They’ve also got story slams that are worth checking out on non-concert nights. Feeling hungry? You’re in luck! You can get some great vegan food to eat while you rock along to Edmonton’s music scene. The acoustics are phenomenal for the setting, reinforcing the intimate feel of this charming venue.

Jubilee Auditorium Northern Alberta

3
11455 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T2

The Jubilee is an awesome stage for the performing arts, including musicals, live theatre and, of course, live music by local and international artists. Because it’s not an arena, you get a more intimate setting in this theatre, which is great for artists who want to connect with their fans and put on a show to remember. Rather than an impersonal stadium experience, fans here will feel like Vance Joy, Blue Rodeo or Johnny Reid are performing just for them.

The Union Hall

4
6240 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 6C7

Unless you plan for it, you probably won’t see the same act here twice. This is the type of club where you can discover great bands you’ve never heard of, alongside well-known names like K-OS and Alessia Cara. Because it’s a smaller venue, the acoustics are phenomenal and there’s not a bad seat in the house.

Shakers Roadhouse

5
15004 Yellowhead Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T5V 1A1

You’ll always be treated to a great performance at Big Al’s. Weekly events like Pete Turland’s Rockabilly Mondays and Thursday’s Big Daddy Jam with Randy “Bid Daddy” Forsberg are excellent opportunities to enjoy some great music and support some talented musicians. And, if you work up an appetite rocking out, you can grab a bite to eat with the Instagram-worthy food here.

Brittany's Lounge

6
10225 97 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0L5

This is a small, intimate setting where you can enjoy a grab-bag of live acts. In addition to musicians, the stage is open to anyone who wants to perform: visual artists, storytellers, dancers and more. Each musical guest is warmly welcomed by the gracious host, Brittany, and that sets a wonderful tone for the night. If you’re looking for a new place to hit after work, they’ve got killer drinks and entertainment experiences you’ll remember.

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