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Venues accepting new artists
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Cornerstone Music Cafe
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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Cornerstone Music Cafe is a business that has been built around music, we are a live music venue, a café and a provider of high quality music lessons. We have been in business for over 25 years, we believe in the power of music and make it a priority to support local musicians. We host live music on Saturday & Sunday afternoons, please note that we are a small venue, we thrive on the magic that is created between an Artist and a small engaged audience.
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East Village
Downtown Org
Calgary
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Real City. Real Life.

East Village inspires, surprises, challenges and excites. It’s a real, unvarnished city neighborhood with all the diversity and dynamism to be considered among the continent’s best evolving urban spaces.
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17th Avenue Retail & Entertainment District
Downtown Org
Calgary
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Over 400 unique shops, restaurants, services and more to explore. Calgary's famous boutique shopping destinations mix with everyday necessities. Find everything you need on 17th Ave.
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Alberta Spotlight
Festival
Calgary
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BACKGROUND
The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the gig economy, impacting all aspects and individuals who derive a living from live music experiences. Professional musicians who rely on performance income are among the most vulnerable cohorts. The Province of Alberta recognizes the urgent need to support artists through these challenging times, and also the importance that home-grown talent has in connecting Albertans through music. In response to this challenge, the government is working with four of Alberta’s music industry organizations with provincial mandates – The Alberta Music Industry Association (Alberta Music), National Music Centre (NMC), CKUA Radio Network (CKUA), and Stagehand – to develop an innovative program designed to showcase Alberta’s diverse talent and provide support for artists. The ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT online series is meant to connect Albertans across the province with music during these times of physical distancing. 

The Government of Alberta has pledged $125,000 to support an initiative that will pay musicians to perform online. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 grant to create a 3-song, pre-recorded, high-quality video to be shared as part of the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT online series. 

Click here to review FAQ for detailed requirements prior to applying

Click here to review the Alberta Spotlight home page

Click here for Stagehand FAQ

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To participate in ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT, artists must meet the following requirements:

  • Music Genre: All music genres may apply for ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT. 
  • Age limit: Applicants of all ages may apply. Should an artist under the age of 18 be selected, a parent or legal guardian is required to sign the accompanying artist agreement. 
  • Original Artists: Artists must perform their own songs or songs co-written with other Alberta-based songwriters. No cover songs shall be accepted in assessing eligibility to the program.
  • Residency: Artist must be an Alberta resident. Proof of residency may be requested. Failure to provide proof by deadline provided may result in disqualification. Majority of band must be Alberta Residents; i.e. 3 out of 4 members.
  • Qualifying Artist:
  • Artists applying to ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT should have some track record in the music industry. As a Professional or Semi Professional artist you have released an album within the last 18 months or have an upcoming release in the next 6 months. A 12-month tour history may be requested.
  • Artists may apply as an individual, duo, or band (majority of band must reside in Alberta).
  • Artists must have the ability to produce and submit a new performance video to be streamed for the first time as part of the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT online series. 
  • Initial Artist Selection: Applications will be filed online through Stagehand. Inclusion of pictures, biographies, demos and live performance videos will be mandatory. Selection of the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT artists will be by recommendation of independent juries administered by Alberta Music with final selection at the determination of the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT committee.

APPLICATION FORM - SELECTION OF INITIAL ARTISTS

Applications via Stagehand must include:
  1. Artist Headline (max 200 characters) and Biography;
  2. Photo of artist (Hi-Res JPEG);
  3. Links to two original master sound recordings (Bandcamp, SoundCloud, Apple Music, Spotify)
  4. One live performance video provided as the "Feature Video" through Stagehand platform (actual performance required, no lip syncing);
  5. Applicants must review and sign the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT agreement.

All Submissions are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. 
 
Assessment Process:
Juries shall be approved in advance by Alberta Music and the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT Committee. The initial applications shall be juried through a dedicated online system developed by Stagehand. 

BASIC CONDITIONS OF FUNDING

Successful applicants will be required to sign an agreement to participate in ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT. The Government of Alberta and partners Alberta Music, CKUA, National Music Centre and Stagehand may use the Artist’s approved name and likeness in promoting the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT series.

Funds will be distributed to the artist upon submission and approval of the final video by the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT committee.

Video Creation, Technical Specs and Submission:
The Government of Alberta has pledged $125,000 to support an initiative that will pay musicians to perform online. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 grant to create a 3-song, pre-recorded, high-quality video to be shared as part of the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT online series. 

  • Artists must have the ability to produce and submit a high-quality new performance video to be streamed for the first time as part of the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT online series. The Government of Alberta and partners Alberta Music, CKUA, National Music Centre and Stagehand may share this video on their individual social media platforms, and websites. The performance will broadcast on the CKUA website and be archived as part of the ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT online series.
  • Applicant's video must contain three (3) original songs.
  • Video production must adhere to the Government of Alberta COVID-19 restrictions as they unfold. 
  • Artists shall own the copyrights in the sound recordings and songs (where applicable).
  • Funding may be allocated to Alberta-based suppliers to record, mix and master sound recordings.
  • Video specs required are as follows:
  • Format: MP4
  • Quality: 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Audio: 48 kHz, Stereo
  •  Video must be submitted via a private Google Drive link (1) week following the initial invitation to participate in ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT. 

THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT ALBERTA BASED ARTISTS. INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REJECTED. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE CONDITIONS OF FUNDING MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF FUNDS.

ALL DATES, LOCATIONS, INSTRUCTIONS, FUNDING AND DIRECTIVES SET OUT IN THESE GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Venues not currently accepting new artists
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YYC Calgary International Airport
Other
Calgary
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Applications are now closed for the YYC Music Program. Stay tuned for future intake opportunities.

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization committed to supporting our local musicians while elevating the guest experience at YYC Calgary International Airport.

The YYC music program partners with Calgary-based musicians to provide ongoing performance opportunities at Calgary International Airport. The airport is a unique high-traffic environment where performers can busk for up to 1500 people per two-hour set. Two slots per day have a small honorarium and all artists receive free parking. Performances will take place post-security where guests have longer dwell times. Artists will be required to get security clearance (physical copy of birth certificate is necessary) and be expected to perform for two hours, once per week. YYC is continuously reviewing the program to ensure that it works well for the artists and guests.
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Edmonton International Airport
Airport
Calmar
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EIA was one of the first airports in Canada to launch a permanent music program. We celebrate local artists, give them an opportunity to share their music with the world, and entertain our passengers, all at once​.
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Ironwood Stage & Grill
Bar
Calgary
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THE IRONWOOD STAGE & GRILL is an Accessible, All Ages, ~140 seat restaurant and lounge, that hosts live music every night of the year. We're located at 1229-9th Ave SE, near downtown in the Inglewood district of Calgary, and there's ample public parking nearby.

RESERVATIONS:
Reservations are strongly recommended for shows.
The Ironwood Stage doesn't sell tickets - we add the show price to your bill at the end of your evening.
Due to the popularity and demand of many of our performances, private tables are not always available. On busy nights, table seating is often shared with friends you haven't met yet...
We will hold your reservations for 15 minutes after the scheduled time. For sold out shows, we are unable to guarantee your reservations after this time.
Call (403) 269-5581 to make a reservation. Unfortunately, We don't accept reservations through Twitter or Facebook.

SHOWTIMES:
Shows usually start at 8PM on Sunday - Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Shows usually start at 9PM on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Exact start times are set by the performers, and not by the Ironwood Stage.

SHOW PRICING: Please contact the Ironwood for pricing and info.
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Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar - Inglewood
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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Gravity books 5 nights of music per week in the following format:

Tuesday and Wednesday nights:
Open to emerging artists that want to try a relaxed and intimate venue to get comfortable performing in front of an audience. Or, for local and touring artists that don’t have a built in following. An opportunity to discover some great new talent in an intimate setting. Entry to the audience is free and a tip bucket will be provided and artists appreciate your generosity.

Thursday nights:
Singer/Songwriter night. An evening of relaxed and unscripted music. Gravity’s hosts invite local musicians to perform original songs and covers. Entry to the audience is free and a tip bucket will be provided and artists appreciate your generosity.

Friday and Saturday showcase nights:
These are our showcase nights that we reserve for established artists that can draw an audience. Preference is given to duos, trios and bands as opposed to singer/songwriters. Entry to the audience is by a cover charge determined by the artist. It is always a good idea to make a reservation for showcase nights.

Check our upcoming events in Stagehand and sign up for our weekly newsletter at www.cafegravity.com for more information.
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The Blues Can
Bar
Calgary
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The Blues Can is a Live Blues Bar located in historic Inglewood, Calgary. We are easily accessible from both Deerfoot and downtown.

Our passion is live music, and our schedule is filled with live performances every day of the week. We have a great lineup of both big name and local performers. The atmosphere is perfect: dark and intimate, with great acoustics and very good line of site to the stage.

It doesn't stop there... we have a varied menu of incredibly good food to choose from, with a Southern theme.

See you soon!
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Stephen Avenue LIVE! Music & non music Performances
Other
Calgary
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*** Update***

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, we wanted to provide an update on the CDA’s current policies and the steps that we are taking. The health and safety of our people, and our ability to continue to support the downtown community is of the utmost importance to us.

Our organization has activated the practice of social distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19. As such, the CDA office is closed to the public on a go-forward basis, and all programming and event activities have been cancelled indenfinetly. Our work will continue online and remotely. We are looking forward to reconnecting in the near future about our relaunch kick-off activities.

Please note, that all events and programming have been canceled upto July 1, 2020. We will not be accepting any booking requests at this time. Please visit www.downtowncalgary.com for updates regarding our relaunch and recovery campaign. We will resume programming when it is safe to do so for all involved parties.

Thank-you for your patience and support
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Half Hitch Brewing Co
Restaurant
Cochrane
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Half Hitch Brewing Company is a family owned and operated brewery and restaurant involving the Heier family and Kozloski family, based in the fine town of Cochrane, Alberta. What started as an idea between siblings at Sunday dinner in 2011 has evolved into a one of a kind monitor barn brewery that embodies a rustic, Western charm. From the beer in the glass, to the table it’s resting on, the Heier/Kozloski family has handcrafted nearly every aspect of the building and brewery. To top off the experience, Director of Restaurant Operations Gradey McMahon has created a much talked about menu that provides unique twists on traditional comfort food. We focus on brewing Alberta’s finest craft beers, being sold and poured throughout the Bow Valley Corridor, Calgary and surrounding area in addition to our home town.
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Country Music Week® Off-Country Events on Music Mile
Other
Calgary
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Apply to Country Music Week's Off-Country events celebrating all musical genres and styles that come from the same storytelling tradition as Country Music. Be a part of the energy during Country Music Week by applying to showcase your music, of any genre or style, at one of the official Off-Country events along Calgary’s Music Mile.

Solo, duo, trio and band performances will be scheduled on the days of September 5, 6, and 7, 2019. Local and touring artists are encouraged to apply. All performers will be compensated for their performance and there is no fee to apply. Please create a Stagehand profile and select "Apply Now" to be considered for one of the many performance opportunities.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Performers will be considered for opportunities at the time they apply. If you are selected to perform the organizing committee will be in touch with your offer before August 15, 2019.
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Stagehand Presents: Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Online Concerts
House
Calgary
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This is an online festival. Locations will be in artist's homes. We are looking for a 45 minute set. It will be streamed via Facebook Live. There is an opportunity to collect tips via the Stagehand platform.
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Lilac Festival - Busker Stations
Festival
Calgary
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These are designated buskers locations during Lilacfest 2019.
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Bountiful Farmers’ Market
Other
Edmonton
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Bountiful Farmers’ Market is a new market that opened on June 21, 2019 in central south Edmonton. With over 100+ local vendors, an ethnic food hall and community based programming that engages and enhances the lives of our customers, we’re setting the new standard for what it means to be a farmers’ market in Edmonton.

Our vision is to be a place where people are inspired to learn and celebrate. We value local businesses, pursue environmental choices, celebrate multiculturalism and bring healthy, fresh, delicious food experiences to our community. We are building Bountiful Farmers’ Market as a space will become more than just a place to shop. It will embody a real community hub atmosphere that celebrates the best of Edmonton food, drink and culture!

To that end, we are program performances and activities for our main stage each weekend throughout the year. Being a performer at Bountiful tells the world that you value what we value: access to healthy, local food, celebration of diversity, support of community based art, and vibrant, engaging programming that speaks to all demographics in our city.
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Grey Cup Performances at the Calgary Airport
Other
Calgary
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Grey Cup 2019 - Experience the Energy! Calgary is pleased to welcome Grey Cup guests to the Calgary Airport with Live Music from local musicians!
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Bridgeland Riverside Farmers' Market
Other
Calgary
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Bridgeland Riverside Farmers' Market is currently accepting Buskers for our Thursday markets. We support local producers, businesses, entrepreneurs and entertainers! Enjoy a warm welcome from our community, gift cards from local businesses and tips from the audience. Open to the public from 3:30pm to 7:30pm rain or shine from June 20 to October 3. If you have any questions email us at farmersmarket@brcacalgary.org
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Blind Beggar Pub & Stage
Other
Calgary
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At Blind Beggar Pub, we pride ourselves on being the best spot in Calgary for friends to enjoy great food, a few drinks, and beyond talented live music. With the feel of your favorite neighborhood restaurant and bar, but the space for large live music events, our English style pub has it all! We offer some of the best live music in Calgary, delicious food & drink specials, and a games room so you can challenge all your friends. Blind Beggar Pub isn’t your stuffy run-of-the-mill pub hangout. We offer a unique experience where there is something for everyone. Our SW Calgary pub is perfect for large groups, reservations, and corporate parties. With a variety of different packages available, our one-of-a-kind pub provides the ideal spot for your next special event. Whether you are looking to sit, eat, and connect with your mates in a private room, or are looking to let your inner rock star shine with our jam band, we can help you do it all! If you're looking for a great live music venue or a new restaurant and bar in Calgary with delicious English-style food, stop by Blind Beggar pub today!
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Shoe & Canoe Public House (in Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown)
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Calgary
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Take a culinary journey through Canada at The Shoe & Canoe Public House. Nestled within Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown, our upbeat restaurant and bar will surround you with a vibrant atmosphere, city views and flavorful dining.
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4th Street Lilac Festival - Musical Acts
Festival
Calgary
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Application deadline: February 3, 2020
This free one day event is the start up to Calgary's vibrant festival season, and encourages attendees to shake off the winter blues and reintroduce themselves to the thriving creative community in our city. The festival is held on 4th Street SW between 13th Avenue and Elbow Drive, postponed until September due to COVID-19 and runs from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. The festival hosts over 40 musical acts on 5 live music stages and often sees attendance exceeding 100,000 throughout the day. Sunday September 20, 2020 is the festival's 31st year.
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Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South (Seton)
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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The Courtyard Calgary South welcomes you with impeccably appointed hotel accommodation, superb amenities and a prime location. You'll find our hotel in the heart of the city's lively Seton Urban District; Macleod Trail, TELUS Spark Science Centre and Spruce Meadows are all just a short distance away. Unwind in your spacious room or suite, which features free Wi-Fi access, plush bedding and a well-lit workspace. Join us for breakfast or dinner at The Bistro, or challenge yourself to a workout in the hotel gym. We also offer an indoor pool and even a waterslide. Indulge in a day of relaxation during your stay in South Calgary, Alberta; our hotel showcases a tranquil on-site spa with the city's only Turkish hammam. Or plan an event in our light-infused meeting room, which can seat nearly 100 people. And be sure to spend time exploring Calgary; from dining in the Seton Urban District to shopping at Chinook Centre, there is plenty to do here. We look forward to your stay at the Courtyard Calgary South!
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Without Papers Pizza
Restaurant
Calgary
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Without Papers is a casual pizza joint in the heart of Inglewood. We have an open floor plan with a raised stage in one corner with excellent sight lines. It is an acoustically sound room.
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GoodEarth Coffeehouse East Village
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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Junction - Food . Stage . Bar
Other
Calgary
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A Big Hard-Wood Stage in the middle of the Venue with an awesome sounds and lights system. Our stage is suitable for even a 10 piece band.

Venue
The Junction experience is one built on Sound and Space. The ambiance evokes an intimate room vibe providing flexible layouts for any type of event. Interior finishes including wood, raw steel and iron combined with Edison lighting create a unique atmosphere with capacity for 175 people.

Audio/Visual
Equipment supplied includes 4 EV Powered 1800 Watts Subs, 4 EV Powered 12” of 2000 Watts Speakers and 4 more 15” of 2000 Watts Speaker. Microphones, Mic Stands, 16 Channel Mixer, DBX Controller, Cables, CDJ Players, Full set of built in lighting system.

Food /Drink
Junction focuses on flavors from all around the world in an affordable format by locally sourcing the produce and meats. Visit our website www.junctionyyc.com to check out our menu food and drinks menu.
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Stable Tenth Ave Café by Residence Inn Calgary Beltline
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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Stable is a coffee and wine bar created for the hardworking souls of our storied neighbourhood. For the ones who believe the day starts early with a beautiful espresso and ends with a crisp glass of wine.
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Startup Grind Calgary
Bar
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Startup Grind Calgary is the Calgary Section of a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Events typically feature an experienced and an emerging entrepreneur. Startup Grind is also an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get together in a social setting and has started to feature local artists as part of the event.
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Oolong tea house
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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Paper and Cup
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Kimberley
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Paper and Cup is a new boutique bookstore, cafe and event venue located in the center of Kimberley, BC's pedestrian downtown shopping district, called the Platzl. A multipurpose community space, it offers a full espresso and dessert bar serving 49th Parallel coffee, capacity for 50 and an upbeat vibe for all performance types. Special event liquor permits are available, along with light fare dinner features and full food delivery service from surrounding restaurants and catering services upon request.
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Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar - Beltline
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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Friday and Saturday nights:
The Beltline location is more suited to duos, trios and bands that are on the quieter side. Entry to the audience is by a cover charge determined by the artist. It is always a good idea to make a reservation for music nights.

If you are an artist that is looking to host a musical event on days other than Friday or Saturday then you can select "other" as your requested date and then send a message with your desired date through the message app at the bottom right hand corner of your booking.

Check our upcoming events in Stagehand and sign up for our weekly newsletter at www.cafegravity.com for more information.
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Songwriter Thursdays at Gravity
Coffee Shop/Cafe
Calgary
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Singer/Songwriter night is an evening of relaxed and unscripted music every Thursday night at Gravity from 7pm to 9pm. Gravity’s hosts invite local musicians to perform original songs and covers. Entry to the audience is free and a tip bucket will be provided. Select "Apply Now" to register your interest! Our hosts often look through the applicants and may contact you if and when an open spot comes available.
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Fiddlers Courtyard
Bar
Calgary
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We are a cozy British style, neighborhood pub.
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Inglewood Sunfest and Inglewood Night Markets
Festival
Calgary
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Knox United Church
Downtown Org
Calgary
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750 seat sanctuary can be configured for large or intimate performances
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Socially Dissonant - A Wandering Open Mic!
Bar
Calgary
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Socially Dissonant is an initiative lead by Jamie Allanach and features talented local musicians in support of local venues that have also been hit hard by the pandemic.
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The Music Mile
Other
Calgary
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Calgary International Blues Festival
Festival
Calgary
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Calgary Blues Music Association are the proud presenters of the Calgary International Blues Festival, Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, Blues In the Schools, Walk Through Blues History, Blues At Noon, Road to Memphis Blues Challenge and more!
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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Airport
Kenner
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Urban Productions - Summer Festival Bookings
Other
Calgary
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An event production company specializing in event creation, production, implementation, programming and logistics in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Urban Productions Group owns and consults for a number of special events that focus on free, inclusive, cultural and accessible festivals.
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