Edmonton ? A City of Concerts
With its diverse population and multiple interests, Edmonton has plenty to offer in entertainment. The city sees more than thirty annual festivals and over 2500 events every year and is aptly called “Canada’s Cultural Capital”. The festivals are focused on music, performances, theater art, culture and much more. There is something to suit every individual preference here. Besides reflecting the local talent, the concerts also feature some of the most popular names in the global music scene.
Some popular venues for concerts in Edmonton
There are many prominent venues in the city where concerts are held. Of these the most popular ones are:
· Center Stage, located across the road from Edmonton EXPO Centre in the fairgrounds in the Plaza on lush green lawns. During the ten days of the Capital EX, one of the biggest events in the city, there are several international stage shows at Center Stage that people can enjoy relaxing on the lawn with refreshments. Admission to the EX entitles visitors to attend the concerts at the venue.
· TELUS Stage has some of the hottest concerts in Edmonton and has a long lineup of them each year.
· Kiy-West Stage in Hall E of the EXPO Center has an amazing set of performances with artists and performers who bring alive the diversity of North America’s best Aboriginal performers accompanied by brilliantly colorful live arts.
Rexall Place is perhaps the biggest venue for concerts. Operated by Northlands, Rexall Place has everything from rock concerts by the biggest international names, sporting events and family shows.
Other major venues for concerts are the Commonwealth Stadium, Winspear Centerwith its superb acoustics and the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium where some of the biggest musicals are staged. In addition, there are local clubs where one can enjoy eclectic music such as indie, rock, jazz and other genres from established and emerging international and local talent. For those who prefer classical, there is the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performing at the Winspear Center. During summer, there are music festivals such as Symphony Under the Sky, Blues Fest and others.
Since the music scene is quite busy and multi-faceted, show tickets and hotel bookings are usually sold out months before the concerts. Hotels in the vicinity of the venue offer concert package deals that are big value for money. Package deals include accommodation usually of the guest’s choice, dinner and complimentary breakfast and car parking. Those attending the shows enjoy a comfortable stay in addition to proximity to the concert where they can take in big names like U2, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Nickleback, Muse and other equally famous bands.
Unsurprisingly, there is always a steady inflow of visitors into the city to enjoy its concerts featuring legendary names in the music industry and various other events. There is also the added attraction of shopping at the famous West Edmonton Mall, enjoy fine dining at the world-class restaurants, visit the numerous museums and art galleries and other fun things to do in the city.