The King Eddy will present No Cover Canada Day, a family-friendly bash in celebration of Canada’s 152nd birthday with a roster of local youth performing heart-exploding sets.
The King Eddy will host 10 days of sizzling hot live tunes from July 5-14 during Stampede Week. The week’s lineup will feature a slew of acts across a range of genres on a historic stage just 600 metres from Stampede Park.
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.