Music lovers unite, this post is for you! Hans Christian Anderson once said “where words fail, music speaks.” We couldn’t agree more. There’s something so enjoyable about live music that you just can’t get from iTunes or 8tracks. And sure it’s fun to see the big acts at the Saddledome, but sometimes the best musicians are hidden gems that play in the smaller venues! Grab some friends, grab your date and let the music take you away.

The Blues Can

The Blues Can is a live music bar in historic Inglewood. If Blues music is your thing you’ll love all their performers! Hungry? Get into the spirit and taste the soul with their southern themed menu.

Broken City Social Club

There’s always something fun going on at Broken City! From comedy nights, to punk rock bingo, to karaoke it’s never a dull moment! Live music is on Thursday and Friday nights featuring up and coming musicians from Calgary and elsewhere!

Cafe Koi

There is always something cool going on at Cafe Koi. Open mic night, jazz, guitar, or hip hop this is a favourite date night gem in YYC.

Ironwood Stage and Grill

Winner of the 2012-2013 Calgary Herald Live Music Gold Award, Ironwood is located near Inglewood and features a new set every night! Everything from blues, to jazz, to big band sets you’re guaranteed to hear something you like. Order a couple glasses of wine or some appetizers and have your tickets added to the bill for a cash free evening!

Palomino Smokehouse

The Palomino provides two floors of live music featuring all genres from around the world. Live music runs throughout the week for only a $10 cover charge. The Palomino has an old school feel to it, with an extensive BBQ menu, beer, whiskey, bourbon and other drinks to quench your thirst while you’re singing along.