Calgarians of a certain age know the King Edward Hotel (affectionately, and now officially, known as the King Eddy) as the kind of place that visitors were oft warned to stay away from. A dive bar in every sense, up until it shut down in 2003, the Eddy was rundown, grimy and more than a little rough. It was also, without a doubt, the best place in Calgary to hear live blues music.
From February 15-17, the King Eddy will host Vancouver-based rock ‘n’ blues duo The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer for a three-date run, while also recording a live-off-the-floor album using a crown jewel in the National Music Centre recording collection, the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio (RSM). Harkening back to the original Eddy’s heydays when blues […]
Eddy Fest kicks legendary venue into the future October 4-7. Photo credit: Sebastian Buzzalino. The King Eddy will host Eddy Fest, a four-day music showcase, from October 4-7. The event will celebrate the legacy of the venue and toast the Eddy’s next chapter as a vanguard of Calgary’s live music scene. Eddy Fest will embrace […]
When Ellen McIlwaine first started playing Calgary’s “home of the blues” in 1982, it was packed full of low-hanging cigarette smoke, melodic chords and a crowd dancing just a few feet from her guitar.
Calgary’s iconic King Edward Hotel (aka the King Eddy) has more than a century of history to its name. It first opened back in 1905 and offered rooms for rent upstairs and a bar with live music on the main level. By the 1980s, the King Eddy had become a musical institution; artists ranging from Buddy Guy to John Hammond performed there and patrons from around the city (including then-mayor Ralph Klein) came to listen. It was especially known for its blues music.
Taylor to recruit diverse range of talent to break in the reopened King Eddy Stage The King Eddy is pleased to announce Rich Taylor as its first Talent Buyer since closing in 2004. Taylor joins the King Eddy with diverse experience behind-the-scenes of the Canadian music industry. Most recently, Taylor operated as Gladeye, and independent […]
Nacita to bring the King Eddy kitchen back to life with a southern-comfort menu with a touch of soul The King Eddy is pleased to announce Diana Nacita as Chef and Kitchen Manager. Prior to joining the King Eddy team, Nacita was the Executive Chef at The Vin Room, a chain of wine bars and […]
Gibson to lead King Eddy team towards permanent reopening date on July 20 The King Eddy is pleased to announce Jynnifer Gibson as its new General Manager. Gibson brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, she was the General Manager/Food and Beverage Director of CHARCUT Roast House, a fixture in […]