Underground dance music venues in Calgary

Dance music lovers who travel abroad often conclude that Calgary’s dance music scene has a level of eclecticism seldom found elsewhere. Whether you like dubstep, Chicago footwork, house, or drum and bass, the city’s skilled DJs present the latest sounds from international hotspots. The clubs and other venues listed here are pillars of the city’s underground dance music scene.

Bespoke Nightclub

1
736 10 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B3

Bespoke is a relative newcomer to the club scene, marked by an ambiance of upscale sophistication. Its weekend programming features a variety of music, including a Saturday-night residency featuring former DMC World DJ Championship winner DJ Disoriental. Outside of its regular programming, the venue hosts one-off underground dance-music shakers that have featured the likes of Botnek, Simon Doty and the musical force of nature known as Duke Dumont.

Commonwealth Bar & Stage

2
731 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B3

A central part of Calgary’s nightlife, Commonwealth is a two-floor, mid-sized venue co-founded by the creators of The Hifi Club. On Thursdays, DJ Heebz hosts The Wonder Years, delivering classic, nostalgia-provoking jams. World Famous Fridays features former DMC champion DJ Disoriental upstairs, and producer-DJ Yung Nino delivering a variety of party selections downstairs. Modern Vintage Saturdays features Ivan Rankic and DJ Heebz upstairs delivering modern selections, and Roy LT downstairs delivering more vintage vibes. Commonwealth also presents dance music acts like Gorgon City, Jessie Andrews and Torro Torro.

The Twisted Element

3
1006 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G3

This redbrick Design District venue caters to the city’s LGBTQ community, although everyone is welcome within its doors. Twisted, as it’s colloquially known, presents both local and touring DJs who cater to the unique energy of the LGBTQ scene. Further entertainment includes Friday’s classic drag show, Wednesday karaoke and Thursday’s sexy shorts contest.

BassBus

4
1920 18th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0X7

The BassBus is both a mobile music venue and artist think tank. Throughout the year, the BassBus group hosts pop-up stages at local outdoor events and throws musical dance parties at a variety of venues around the city. BassBus happenings don’t adhere to a regular schedule, but for a small, annual fee you can follow these one-off events by subscribing to Root Connection Passport.

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