Live music in Edmonton is a vital part of the city's cultural scene, with just about every genre from rock to hip hop to folk and world music represented. Music venues across this city can appeal to almost every age group, taste, and vibe, from live rock venues where you can hit the pit to laid-back folk venues where the music is chill but the message always has something to say, to politically-oriented hip hop banging out heavy beats with a hardline on social justice.

    Whatever your musical style, from mellow to bombastic, acoustic to electronic, you can find a spot for it here. Check out some of the best live music venues to catch a concert in Edmonton.

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    On The Rocks

    Check out a classic rock club with a party vibe

    On the Rocks in the heart of Edmonton's downtown core provides a pub environment with good beer, strong spirits, a full food menu, and nightly music themes. This one is open every day of the week and showcases some hidden gems from among the best local talent in a wide variety of musical genres. You'll always enjoy a party vibe here, and on off nights you can take salsa lessons, play musical bingo, and even catch a karaoke night.

    One of the more popular nights here is the regular beer and taco night, which of course pairs with a local band. It's on Jasper Avenue just 10 minutes west of central downtown.

    Location: 11740 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0N3, Canada

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 780-482-4767

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    Francis Winspear Centre

    Visit a multi-use performing arts venue downtown

    Francis Winspear Centre is a classic performing arts center in the heart of downtown Edmonton offering a 550-seat flexible use venue with adjustable acoustics. This building offers 41,000 square feet of mixed-use cultural space offering concerts, plays, speakers, and many other options. It's named for the benefactor who offered $6 million, which is among the largest private donations for such a space in the history of the country. The performance room is called the Music Box and is the crown jewel of the space.

    This venue has hosted a wide range of artists and styles from classical symphony to Hollywood musical numbers to guitar icons. It's right in central downtown.

    Location: 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square Northwest & Corner of 99 Street &, 102 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 4X8, Canada

    Phone: +1 780-428-1414

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    O'Byrne's Irish Pub

    Grab a pint and cheer the open mic

    O'Byrne's Irish Pub is a classic dark wood public house showcasing talented bands just about every night, from Celtic jams to Wing Wednesdays and beyond. If you're looking for the full band experience, stop by on Thursdays, and every Sunday from 8:30 pm they host an open mic night, one of the most popular and busy nights of the week when you can see up-and-coming unknowns that are soon to be local stars. Even better, every player gets a free pint, which really encourages participation.

    O'Byrne's is the classic Irish pub showcasing lots of local talents with great beer, good food, and great times. It's about 10 minutes from central downtown Edmonton.

    Location: 10616 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A7, Canada

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from noon to midnight, Friday from noon to 2 am, Saturday from 11 am to 2 am, Sunday from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 780-414-6766

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    Jubilee Auditorium

    Experience a cultural gem of Western Canada

    Jubilee Auditorium offers a place of celebration, community spirit, and cultural enrichment through live music and public service as a premier Northern Alberta event space. Here you can enjoy a vast array of world music artists who are drawn here just for the reputation of this venue. If your connection to music is the culture that it represents, Jubilee Auditorium Northern Alberta is where you'll find hidden gems of the musical community. It's the home of the Alberta Ballet company, Edmonton Opera, and the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, among others.

    This venue, in conjunction with its Southern Alberta sister venue, is a crown jewel of the cultural music scene in Western Canada. It's just 12 minutes southwest of downtown.

    Location: 11455 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T2, Canada

    Phone: +1 780-427-2760

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    The Sewing Machine Factory

    Catch a wide range of live entertainment

    The Sewing Machine Factory is an 18-plus music club that offers live bands, stand-up and skit comedy, spoken word performances, and performance art in all its forms. This place is dedicated to putting a lens on local talent and offering a space for the arts that's entirely community-centered. That also means that it's among the best places in Edmonton where you can catch the hot up-and-coming local acts. You might just discover the next big international act here, years before they're famous.

    What sets the Sewing Machine Factory apart from other venues is that it doesn't tie itself to a single genre. You'll experience entertainment here in a variety of styles. It's only 10 minutes south of downtown Edmonton.

    Location: 9562 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z8, Canada

    Phone: +1 587-501-2256

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    Station on Jasper

    Try it all from cabaret to rock

    Station on Jasper offers just about every kind of live music you can imagine, from soothing cabaret acts to full-on driving hard rock and beyond. The venue maintains a constant calendar so you can always check to see who's playing while you're in town. They serve up a full menu of food and drink, so you can sit and eat while you enjoy the show, and it's quite affordable to boot. Every weekend, their brunch show is accompanied by live music starting at 11 am.

    Between the constant shows, good food, and casual ambiance, there's a good reason they're among the most popular live music venues in town. They're in the heart of downtown Edmonton.

    Location: 10524 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Z7, Canada

    Open: Wednesday–Thursday from 3 pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 3 pm to 2 am, Sunday from from noon to midnight (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 780-752-0866

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    Blues on Whyte

    Shoot some pool, have a beer, and jive to live blues

    Blues on Whyte is a classic blues club offering fantastic local live soul and blues bands combined with a traditional neighborhood watering hole vibe. While the band plays, you can grab a few beers and hit the pool tables to shoot some 8 ball. Fridays are the big day for live bands, but Saturday afternoons also showcase afternoon jam sessions that are informal but always lively. This venue is a big hangout for the local blues scene, both fans and local musicians alike.

    Here you'll find good but inexpensive drinks, a cozy hangout, and great music. The club is located on 34th Avenue right in the heart of downtown Edmonton.

    Location: 10329 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z9, Canada

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 12.30 am, Sunday from 11 am to 12.30 am

    Phone: +1 825-333-3583

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    Shakers Roadhouse

    See a band at a no-frills music club

    Shakers Roadhouse offers a no-frills, straightforward venue for musical acts in all genres to show their stuff, and provides the opportunity to hear some up-and-coming local acts. This is a place where one night you might hear a heart-pounding EDM band, and the next night it might be a metalcore act complete with a wild mosh pit, followed by a groove rock or folk-rock band the night after that. Their in-house cocktails are fantastic, particularly those that are invented by the bartenders, and the beer list is solid as well.

    This is a place where you can get good drinks and great tunes with no bells and whistles. It's just 13 minutes northwest of downtown.

    Location: 15004 Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton, AB T5V 1A1, Canada

    Open: Wenesday–Thursday from 7 pm to 10.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 7.30 pm to 2 am (closed Sunday–Monday)

    Phone: +1 780-482-0202

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    The Aviary

    Visit a perennial local favorite

    The Aviary is a local go-to spot and a staple of the local music scene, housing up to 140 people and hosting plenty of events including the hottest local bands. On occasion, you can catch an intimate show here with a national act as well, and they host a wide range of other events like art shows, private parties, live theater performances, and even food festivals. They're one of the better-organized venues in town with great promoters and they are absolutely dedicated to pushing the importance of the local music scene.

    The welcoming vibe here with a homestyle atmosphere makes this a perennial favorite with locals. It's in the heart of downtown Edmonton.

    Location: 9314 111 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 0A3, Canada

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 8 pm to 2 am, Wednesday from 7.30 pm to 2 am, Thursday from 7.30 pm to 12.30 am

    Phone: +1 780-233-3635

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    Spotlight Cabaret

    Check out a 1920s-style speakeasy with live shows

    Spotlight Cabaret is a bar and music club with a rooftop patio and tons of opportunities for all manner of live entertainment, including some of the best local bands around. Besides music, this club lets you catch dance performances, improv sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, live theater performances, and even drag shows. The overall vibe here is that of a speakeasy straight out of the Roaring 20s with art deco styling reminiscent of Old Hollywood or Golden Age New York.

    They have a full menu with upscale food and fantastic cocktails mixed with top-shelf liquor. The rooftop patio offers spectacular views of the river and skyline. It's all just 10 minutes south of central downtown.

    Location: 8217 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E7, Canada

    Open: Wednesday–Thursday from 6.30 pm to 2 am, Friday from 6 pm to 2 am, Saturday from noon to 2 am, Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 780-760-0202

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