COVID has been tough on many people and many industries, but few worse than the live music industry. Let's take the time right here and now to check in on our old friends as they reopen (and even one new addition). Any city in the world would be proud to have this extraordinary concentration and variety of live music venues in such a beautiful district as Music Mile in Calgary.
Strolling from East to West:
The Blues Can, 1429 9 Ave SE: shows 7 days a week, up to 3 on Saturdays! Good ol’ jams like Tim Williams’ on Sat at 3pm are back too. www.thebluescan.com Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE: no concerts booked yet but it’s a wonderful spot to rent for weddings, parties, talks, screenings, CD releases and of course, concerts! https://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/festival-hall Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229-9 Ave SE: Did you visit the Ironwindow during COVID! Live music on stage Wed-Sun, reservations 403-269-5581, www.ironwoodstage.ca The Eden, 1219 9 Ave SE - the newest MM venue, open Tues-Sun, Saturday jazz 2-5pm edenbistro.ca Recordland, 1208 9 Ave SE: Retro record store at the heart of Music Mile, huge assortment of used vinyl, CDs & collectable music. recordlandcalgary.com The Hose & Hound, 1030 9 Ave SE: live music Fri/Sat 7-10pm, with a great outdoor patio, thehose.ca Offcut Bar at the Nash, 925 11 St SE: starting mid-September, live music Thursdays at 7, thenashyyc.com Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar: Live music Thursday-Saturday during August, and back to their full 5 nights a week in September! Cafegravity.com Deane House, 806 9 Ave SE: Jazz on Sundays is back most Sundays from 5-8pm starting August 1st, reservations recommended. deanehouse.com Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE: Trivia at the Fort Aug 2 from 2-3pm (museum open 10-5 for Heritage Day), official reopening Aug 6 - Fridays to Sundays 11am-6pm. Fortcalgary.com Studio Bell, 850 4 St SE: Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm, free admission all August courtesy ATB! Fabulous online content. Studiobell.ca The King Eddy, 438 9 Ave SE: Enjoy Songsmith Sundays 11:30am, the Homegrown Country Series Saturdays 7-9pm and more! Kingeddy.ca Central Library, 800 3 St SE: Calgary’s beloved new library is very much a part of Music Mile, with free music editing facilities, performance spaces and we love Matt Blais Songwriter in Residence. calgarylibrary.ca C Square, Riverwalk and other public spaces in East Village: Lots of fun things to do from beehive workshops and outdoor storytime to NMC’s Sunday concerts. evexperience.eventcalendarapp.com Yard Arm, a piano bar in East Village, still closed. Charbar, Simmons Building, 618 Confluence Way SE: Fri/Sat live music isn’t back yet. We’ll keep you posted! charbar.ca Music Mile also embraces the Lantern Church in Inglewood, a great place for concerts, and the Calgary Stampede's absolutely extraordinary Youth Campus in East Victoria Park.