June 20, 2016
The restored King Edward Hotel sign. Credit: George Webber Photography.
The King Eddy is back in time for Stampede! The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy is bringing you 10 days of foot-stompin’ tunes. From July 8 to 17, the King Eddy will be transformed into a pop-up country bar with real-deal western music: classic country, rockabilly, bluegrass, western-swing, and Americana.
“After over 10 years of silence at the King Eddy, we’re excited to finally bring this beloved Calgary live music venue back to life,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO for the National Music Centre (NMC). “The Eddy was a place known for its authentic programming, impromptu jam sessions, and its universal audience—where people from all walks of life came to enjoy live music. Special guests and some surprises are guaranteed, so come early and often to the Bell Live Series.”
The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy will run daily from July 8-17, 11:00 am to 2:00 am. A $20 cover will be in place after 6:00 pm till close.
Following a complete heritage restoration that included the reassembly of the exterior façade, the King Eddy will open its doors to celebrate Stampede Week with daily food service and live music each night.
Just a short walk from Stampede Park, visitors can pop in during the day for some suds and grub, and to listen to DJs spin classic country vinyl, and witness some impromptu performances. Or come in the evening for live music from a range of artists.
The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy headliners:
July 8-9 Petunia and the Vipers.
July 10 Steve Pineo / Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow
July 11 Carolyn Mark
July 12 Dick Damron
July 13 Western Swing Project
July 14 Ramblin’ Ambassadors
July 15 Leeroy Stagger
July 16 Tim Hus
July 17 Jake Mathews
Tickets for the Bell Live Series at the King Eddy
For each evening performance, NMC will release 100 tickets to online sales. Tickets are $20 and will be available until two hours before the event starts. Please note that print-at-home tickets will only guarantee entry until 8:00pm so join us early for beers and burgers provided by Canadian Brewhouse. Advance tickets go on sale on June 20 at boxoffice.studiobell.ca.
Country music lovers can also visit Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, during Stampede to check out pieces from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection and explore five floors of interactive exhibitions. For information on hours of operation and admission, please go here.
Since breaking ground on Studio Bell in 2013, NMC has carefully reassembled the historic King Eddy, located on the west block of Studio Bell, honouring the original plans and returning it to its 1905 glory.
The original King Edward Hotel near the turn of the century. Image courtesy of Glenbow Museum Archives.
Studio Bell will open its entire east block to the public on Canada Day, marking the first of several celebrations that NMC has planned over the months. Full programmatic and architectural completion is set for October 2016. The project cost is $191 million, and NMC has already raised over $130 million through its capital campaign.
To play your part in NMC’s capital campaign and support music in Canada, please visit our website, where you can also buy an original brick from the Eddy, and mark your place in music history.
About the King Eddy
The King Edward Hotel originally opened in 1905 on what was then referred to as Whisky Row (9 Avenue). This workingman’s hotel and bar saw the rise of Calgary and was even the first desegregated bar in the city. In the 1980s, the Eddy — as locals lovingly call it —became known as a live music venue, specifically for blues music. Dubbed “Calgary’s home of the blues”, the Eddy welcomed some of the greats, such as John Hammond, Buddy Guy, Pintetop Perkins and Otis Rush. After being condemned, the National Music Centre acquired the building to restore it and anchor its new facility around it. The King Eddy was restored much like an artifact and will have new life as a live music venue that NMC and other community partners will be able to program.