Top Choice Live Music in Downtown & West End

Commodore Ballroom

Local bands know they've made it when they play Vancouver's best mid-sized venue, a restored art-deco ballroom that still has the city's bounciest dance floor – courtesy of tires placed under its floorboards. If you…
Top Choice Live Music in Main Street

Fox Cabaret

Formerly one of North America’s last-remaining porn cinemas, its new owners have transformed (and fully pressure-washed) this independent nightlife venue, ditching the dodgy flicks in favour of live music, DJ nights…
Top Choice Live Music in Québec City

Le Cercle

This very cool art space and show venue draws a hip crowd for its international DJs and underground bands, ranging from indie rock to electronica, blues to Cajun. It hosts numerous other events, including film, fash…
Top Choice Live Music in Toronto

Horseshoe Tavern

Well past its 65th birthday, the legendary Horseshoe still plays a crucial role in the development of local indie rock. This place just oozes a history of good times and classic performances. Come for a beer and che…
Top Choice Live Music in Winnipeg

Times Chang(d) High & Lonesome Club

Honky-tonk/country/rock/blues weekend bands jam while beer and whiskey flow at this small, rough, raunchy and real throwback. Don't miss the Sunday-night jam.
Live Music in Calgary

Ironwood Stage & Grill

Cross over into the hip universe of Inglewood to find the grassroots of Calgary's music scene. Local bands alternate with bigger touring acts for nightly music in the welcoming, woody confines of Ironwood. Country a…
Live Music in Summerside

College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts

In celebration of Celtic dance and music, this school provides visitors with free 20-minute miniconcerts from Monday to Friday at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm – expect bagpipes, singing and dancing. Inspired? Then get…
Live Music in Main Street

Biltmore Cabaret

One of Vancouver's best alt venues, the Biltmore is a firm favorite on the local indie scene. A low-ceilinged, good-vibe spot to mosh to local and touring musicians, it also has regular event nights: check the onlin…
Live Music in Gastown & Chinatown

Rickshaw Theatre

Revamped from its grungy 1970s incarnation, the funky Rickshaw shows that Eastside gentrification can be positive. The stage of choice for many punk and indie acts, it's an excellent place to see a band. There's a h…
Live Music in Québec City


Ask any local between the ages of 18 and 35 to suggest a cool place for a drink and this is where they might send you. DJs and live bands serve up a potent musical mix, from heavy metal to hard rock to punk to rocka…