Best Historical Building: The King Eddy Hotel

Photo Courtesy Studio Bell.

Photo Courtesy Studio Bell.

The King Eddie Hotel

The King Edward Hotel (affectionately known at “the King Eddy”) was originally opened over a century ago in 1905, as a working man’s hotel and bar. It was the city’s first desegregated bar and later became renowned as a live blues music venue. The Eddy welcomed some of the greats like John Hammond and Otis Rush, and brought in a diverse crowd to hear the blues. For decades Calgarians came and went as they pleased, listening to music with a beer in hand, until the building was unfortunately condemned and shut down. However, the National Music Centre came to the rescue and acquired the building, restored it to its original glory, and it is now open to the public again, bringing music to all those that will listen.

For 10 days during the Calgary Stampede, the Bell Live Series transforms the King Eddy into a western saloon and hosts a number of Canadian country performers. Whether you’re at the Stampede grounds or just in the mood for some good ol’ country tunes, stop by the Eddy for a blast from the past in a treasured, historic Calgary venue.


438 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Tel. (403) 543-6280