Established in 1905, the King Edward Hotel was Calgary’s second oldest hotel and the longest operating bar and hotel when it closed in 2004. The hotel was one of the first built in Calgary along 9th Avenue, and throughout its history, was a home and destination for travelers, settlers, musicians, music fans, and citizens from all walks of life. It was affectionately known as “Calgary’s Home of the Blues,” and this legacy of great live music and atmosphere in an authentic setting contributed to the Eddy being recognized as an important piece of Calgary’s music history.
The King Eddy was acquired by the National Music Centre and carefully reassembled, honouring the original plans and returning it to its former glory. In July 2018, the King Eddy reopened as a restaurant, bar, and music venue. Now, the Eddy continues as a cornerstone of music, community, and culture, building on its storied musical legacy.
Live from the King Eddy captures Canadian artists from all genres performing on this iconic stage, bringing the King Eddy story to life through live music.
The Denim Daddies are burning up every stage they grace with outlaw-inspired alt-country that parties as hard as they do.
The Denim Daddies find ways to satisfy the tastes of both purists and newbies of the country genre. With tunes about hoedowns gone right, hootenannies gone wrong, and the pain in your heart after hearing a Luke Bryan song, they’re doing it on their own terms. Several old guys once told them their sound was reminiscent of The Flying Burrito Brothers. A man with a mullet said they sounded like Steve Earle. Rick’s mom says they sound like Sweet Revenge era John Prine. Thanks, mom. Catch The Denim Daddies riding off into a sunset near you. They’ll be in their van of course. None of them can ride horses.
Alberta folk songwriter Amelie Patterson is a pop music workhorse with hooks to spare.
Her new single, the dazzling alt-pop “Let Your Trouble Go,” is about empathy and “wishing you could hold a loved one’s burden for them,” Amelie Patterson describes, making space for a loved one so they can “take the afternoon off.” The song is the latest drop from her newest concept-driven studio project, The Playlist. Rather than recording and releasing all at once, The Playlist is a stream of rolling singles, traversing the emotional, lyrical, and genre spectrum. Whatever captures Amelie’s creative imagination is harnessed and brought to the the world in a living and breathing series of songs. The first two tracks from the project have already received critical acclaim including winning Alternative Recording Of The Year from the YYC Music Awards in 2020 for “The Patient Kind.”
Straddling the renegade worlds of alt-country, blues, and soul, singer-songwriter Jess Knights’ hard-to-pin-down style is reflective of her own unassuming past.
A classically-trained opera singer who cut her teeth in the boozy, rough-hewn dives of her native Calgary, she’s not one to follow convention. Her debut full-length album, Best Kind of Light, reveals that revivalist soul and classic roots tones had ripened her sound. With help from award-winning producer Joshua Van Tassel and the crème de la crème of Canadian songsmiths and sidemen, including Donovan Woods and Joey Landreth, the effort brought into focus the power of Knights’ luminous voice and her burgeoning skills as a songwriter of earnest balladry. Called an artist “who can play in the big leagues with some of this country’s best musicians and not only hold her own but own it all” (Mike Bell, TheYYScene), Knights is establishing herself as Calgary’s preeminent soul-roots sweetheart; a captivating performer that is bound to leave an impression.