The National Music Centre (NMC) in partnership with the King Eddy are pleased to announce the opening of a newly outfitted rooftop patio on Thursday, July 1.
The King Eddy’s main floor restaurant/bar/live music venue and rooftop are owned by the National Music Centre. The rooftop, which was previously open during the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede and for private events, will now be available for three seasons, offering more accessible space for building community through music and special events.
Launching in time for NMC’s fifth anniversary, Canada Day and the Stampede, the King Eddy Rooftop will be an open-air sanctuary in the heart of the East Village for cold brews, street food-style bites, and live music.
The rooftop has been outfitted with a large pergola with a retractable awning. This new layer of shelter will allow the rooftop to be accessible for three seasons, while also offering plenty of outside airflow. The rooftop’s structural design pays homage to architecture from the early 1900s, when the Eddy was originally built.
“The King Eddy’s rooftop construction is a capstone project to mark the five-year anniversary of Studio Bell’s opening in 2016,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO, National Music Centre. “The newly upgraded space will offer greater seasonal access to the rooftop and provide another safe outdoor space for people to gather. This project is part of several new investments made by NMC over the past year to reimagine operations, create vibrancy, and improve accessibility for the public to enjoy many types of events, especially ones that involve music.”
“Comfort and safety were top of mind when we were imagining the updated outdoor space,” said Gabrielle Vanderwerff, Restaurant Manager of the King Eddy. “There are very few covered rooftops in the city that are accessible for three seasons. We’re thrilled to open up this incredible rooftop terrace for Calgarians and out-of-towners to enjoy.”
Those lucky enough to grab a spot in the evening will be treated to live shows for Happy Hour during the Calgary Stampede, not to mention some incredible views—it’s known as the place to watch the Stampede’s nightly fireworks. For a list of all upcoming rooftop concerts, which are expected to kick off by the second week of July, visit kingeddy.ca/whats-on.
Starting July 1, the King Eddy Rooftop will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Walk-ups are welcome or check out kingeddy.ca/reservations in the coming weeks to reserve a spot.