Reason #60 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

The Concerts

By Emil Tiedemann

I was just 12 years old when I went to my very first concert. My buddy Peter and I were both “Straight Up” in love with Paula Abdul, and knew we had to see her as soon as we found out that she was coming to Edmonton to perform at what was then known as the Coliseum (with opening act Color Me Badd). 

We stood on the floor of the arena, barely able to see over the heads of the people in front of us, and sang along to every song in her repertoire. I know now how lame this sounds, but we were kids and love makes you do silly things!

Paula Abdul, who happened to be my first-ever concert!

Although it was years before I would ever go to another concert, they would eventually become part of what I did. It didn’t necessarily have to be at the arena or stadium either, because Edmonton seems to always be a tour stop for all the biggest names in the music industry, from AC/DC to Jay-Z, and anybody and everybody in between. 

In fact, you may not realize it, but there are shows happening in Edmonton every single night, in cafes, parks, pubs, bars, book stores, restaurants, theatres, churches, and even on street corners. Many, perhaps most of the local festivals are highlighted or even anchored by live performances as well, including the always impressive line-ups at K-Days each summer. 

And of course, there are those permanent venues in Edmonton that are exclusively designated for the concert-goer, like the raucous Starlite Room, the worldly Winspear Centre, or the legendary Jubilee Auditorium, where live music is at its best. Edmonton has become a well-known haven for performers and live music enthusiasts alike, connecting on an indiscernible level through the strums, and the beats, and the carnal howls of the sweet serenade. #yegshows

Who's Played Edmonon!

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