Edmonton has seen its fair share of music venues come and go over the last few decades. Today, they have some of the best intimate live music venues in North America. From punk rock to EDM, the city hosts diverse bands and performers from all over the world – and some from right in Edmonton. While the fall lineup for stadium concerts in Edmonton is impressive (yes, Kanye will be here) there will also be some smaller shows that you’ll be talking about for weeks. Here are the best live music shows around Edmonton this fall.Kanye will be here) there will also be some smaller shows that you’ll be talking about for weeks. Here are the best live music shows around Edmonton this fall.
BOYEG & The New City present: The Paying It Forward: Halloween Banger at the Mercury Room
When they aren’t whipping up delicious vegan meals in Northwest Edmonton, the Mercury Room is hosting some incredible local bands. The restaurant transforms into an intimate music venue that holds just over 100 people for a truly memorable show. On Saturday, October 29th, the Mercury Room is holding their annual Halloween Banger show, so wear a costume and come ready to dance. Even better, the show is one of their “pay it forward” events, so profits from ticket sales benefit Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society, a local animal rescue that saves cats and dogs.
Tokyo Police Club and Guests at The Starlite Room
High energy indie rock band Tokyo Police Club takes over the members-only Starlite Room on Saturday, October 8th. The Canadian natives are joined by special guests Born Ruffians and The Elwins for a full night of fun alternative rock. Don’t let the Starlite Room’s “members only” policy scare you away – anyone can purchase a full year membership for just $5 on the day of the show. Tickets for this show are just $30 and are on sale now.
Yardbird Festival of Canadian Jazz
Canada and jazz go together like peanut butter and jelly. There are a handful of famous jazz festivals around the country every year, and Yardbird festival is no exception. On November 4-12, jazz artists young and old take over Yardbird Suite, a 150 person capacity, volunteer-run jazz lounge in Northwest Edmonton. Ticket prices and lineup are still unannounced, but shows at Yardbird are as low as $5. If you’re into jazz, you’ll want to stop in for at least one show at this iconic venue.
Soul Safari featuring Mercy Funk
For a night of truly unique music – a mashup of funk, soul, pop, and punk, you won’t want to miss this show at Rocky Mountain Ice House on Saturday, October 8th. Soul Safari hails from Melbourne, Australia and blends together multiple genres behind Lisa Faithful’s strong vocals to create something you’ve never heard before. The opening act, Mercy Funk, creates a similar vibe with an emphasis on the funk. Tickets are $10 in advance.
Psychedelic Sundays at Have Mercy
The people behind Have Mercy know how to do way more than just serve up incredible southern soul food like ribs and mac and cheese. They know how to put on one entertaining show, too. Psychedelic Sundays at Have Mercy happen every Sunday at 8 PM, where psych rock, garage rock, and and blues bands take over for the night.
There’s a good chance you might not have heard of the band the band that’s playing that night, but with drink specials and great bar food, you’re bound to have a great night.
As the weather gets chilly, concerts in Edmonton provide a warm respite from the cold. Whether you’re into jazz, rock, or anything in between, you’ll find a show happening nearly every night of the week in Edmonton!
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