June 07, 2018
The restored King Eddy sign. Photo credit: Sebastian Buzzalino.
The historic King Eddy kicks into high-gear as a pop-up country bar with the return of the Bell Live Series from July 6-15. The venue will then re-open as a permanent live music venue, bar and restaurant with regular hours beginning on July 20.
For 10 days during the Calgary Stampede, the King Eddy will once again be transformed into a honky-tonk in the East Village, featuring a revolving roster of boot-stompin’ country acts performing evening headliner shows. House band Ghostboy featuring Mark Parsons will perform free daytime sets from noon to 3:00 pm daily. Advance tickets for all evening headliner shows go on sale on June 7 at 10:00 am at kingeddy.ca, the brand new King Eddy website.
“We’ve provided a taste of the resurrected King Eddy over the past two years by piloting successful live music programs like the Bell Live Series, and we’re excited to bring it back with another great lineup,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of the National Music Centre. “Opening the King Eddy as a permanent live music venue, bar and restaurant will allow us to greatly expand our programming mandate, attract new audiences, and continue to build on the Eddy’s storied musical legacy.”
The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy will run daily from July 6-15, 11:30 am to 2:00 am. Admission is free during the day and a cover will be in place after 7:00 pm until close for all headliner shows. Check kingeddy.ca for headliner ticket prices.
Calgary’s Tim Hus headlines the King Eddy on July 8. Photo credit: Tom Korol.
Bell Live at the King Eddy headliners include:
- Kingston “newgrass” act The Abrams
- Edmonton-based country artist Karac Hendriks
- Calgary country-folk troubadour Tim Hus
- Powerhouse vocalist and Country 105 Rising Star Lauren Mayell
- Lethbridge country crooner Trevor Panczak
- Calgary singer-songwriter Ken Stead
The King Eddy rooftop patio will be open daily during Stampede Week from 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm and will be closed for a private event on July 13. Stop by before hitting the grounds or end your evening on the terrace with some of the best views of the Stampede’s closing fireworks. Rooftop access is subject to availability and will be weather dependent. Be sure to check kingeddy.ca for daily updates.
Country music lovers can also visit Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, during Stampede to explore five floors of interactive exhibitions, pieces from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection, and a temporary exhibition from the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. Studio Bell will be open seven days a week until September 3, before returning to regular hours, Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. For full details on hours of operation, holiday closures, and to purchase advance tickets, please go here.
King Eddy Re-Opening
The King Eddy will open on Friday, July 20. Regular hours are Monday to Wednesday, 11 am to 10 pm; Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 2 am; Saturday, 9 am to 2 am; and Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm. Hours are subject to change depending on events. Stay tuned for a formal Grand Opening party being planned for the fall. Check out the King Eddy’s online listings to learn about upcoming events at kingeddy.ca, and follow the King Eddy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @KingEddyYYC.