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Where Calgary - - CONTENTS - BY RACHAEL FREY

1. THE PALACE THEATRE

Af­ter nearly a decade un­der the moniker Flames Cen­tral, the historic build­ing is re­turn­ing to its orig­i­nal name but keep­ing its pur­pose as a rol­lick­ing mu­sic venue. DATSIK (page 33), The Tea Party (page 33), and Prozzäk (page 33) are some of the acts that will grace the stage in March and April.

2. PALOMINO SMOKEHOUSE

The Pal, as it’s af­fec­tion­ately called, is known for two things: tan­ta­liz­ing smoked meat up­stairs, and eclec­tic live mu­sic down­stairs. The West­ern vibe here is gen­uine and year-round, not just put on at Stam­pede time. 109 - 7 Ave SW, 403-532-1911, thep­alomino.ca

3. ARTS COM­MONS

With more than 1,800 per­for­mances and events per year hosted within its walls, Arts Com­mons is firmly sit­u­ated at the cen­tre of Cal­gary’s per­form­ing arts world. Though it reg­u­larly hosts renowned jazz, blues, and world mu­sic con­cert se­ries, ev­ery genre has its place in Arts Com­mons. 205 - 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, artscom­mons.ca

4. STU­DIO BELL

This eye-pop­ping build­ing is home to the Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre. Here you’ll find exhibitions on the his­tory and con­tem­po­rary prac­tice of mu­sic in Canada, plus an in­ti­mate theatre for concerts. 850 - 4 St SE, 403-543-5115, nmc.ca

5. HEAR’S MY SOUL CAFÉ

A two-storey in­die café with a funky vibe, it hosts reg­u­lar live mu­sic, com­edy, and art shows. In ad­di­tion to cof­fee and a small menu, it’s li­censed for al­co­hol. 535 - 8 Ave SE, 587-350-2200.

6. BLUES CAN

Live mu­sic can be heard ev­ery day of the week here, from big names to lo­cal croon­ers. The dark, in­ti­mate at­mos­phere

and great acous­tics are per­fect for sing­ing the blues, and there’s a full menu of South­ern-in­spired, stick-to-your-ribs food. 1429 - 9 Ave SE, 403-262-2666, the­blues­can.ca

7. IRONWOOD STAGE AND GRILL

This all-ages venue hosts ev­ery­thing from rap to chil­dren’s mu­sic, though the main fo­cus is on folk. Seat­ing is shared, so you could wind up sit­ting with “friends you haven’t met yet.” 1229 - 9 Ave SE, 403-269-5581, iron­wood­stage.ca

8. LOLITA’S LOUNGE

While jazz and other live mu­sic are reg­u­lar sta­ples at the vin­tage, 1940s-in­spired Lolita’s Lounge, it is by far best known for the in­sanely pop­u­lar drag show Carly’s An­gels on most Satur­days. Book­ing in ad­vance is a must for this ri­otous per­for­mance! 1413 - 9 Ave SE, 403-265-5739, loli­taslounge.ca

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