Thank you for your interest in supporting the Cornerstones campaign.
This campaign closed February 15, 2017.

More than 1100 bricks were etched with names, quotes, and references to fond memories! We are grateful for the support we’ve received from generous donors like yourself.

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The King Eddy—Calgary’s original ‘Home of the Blues’

For over 100 years, the King Edward Hotel—located on the corner of 4 Street and 9 Avenue SE in the East Village—has been a cornerstone of Calgary’s culture and community with musical legends, such as John Hammond, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins and Otis Rush, graced its tiny stage.

Since breaking ground on Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), in 2013, we have carefully reassembled the historic King Eddy, honouring the original plans and returning it to its 1905 glory.

NMC wants music fans to be a part of the history of this East Village cornerstone, and give it another century of music, community and great memories.

Now you can buy an original King Eddy brick and engrave it with your very own personalized message. Your brick will be featured on the Cornerstones Wall inside the restored King Eddy.

Colleen’s Story

Many Calgarians have fond memories of visiting the Eddy over the years. Colleen’s story is particularly special because this is where she met her husband Dave, after agreeing to a blind date. It turned out to be the best day of her life.

John’s Story

John is no stranger to the King Eddy. He earned his chops in the Eddy playing alongside some of the biggest names in blues music. Blues legends Buddy Guy, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and many others invited John up on the stage to jam.

Lorna’s Story

The King Eddy became an iconic place to go to listen to live music. It didn’t matter who you were—a politician, a biker, or just a random blues fan—inside the King Eddy you became part of a community.

Questions about the bricks:

A reclaimed brick for $250, will get you:

  • Engrave a brick with your personal message (two lines, up to 16 characters each, including spaces)
  • Have your brick featured on the Cornerstones Wall inside the restored King Eddy.