Edmonton Festival City’s Music Festival Scene is the “Real Thing”

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Longest running Canadian Festival, the Kiwanis Music Festival, launches a series of Edmonton music events that highlight the city’s very real, live music scene

"We just give you the real thing. Real music. That’s what the blues is. That’s why people come here,” says Michael Purcell, General Manager of Blues on Whyte

Whatever your taste in music, Canada’s Festival City Edmonton, Alberta offers a music scene renowned for being the “real thing”. Paris is known for its jazz, country music helped to put Nashville on the map and Seattle was known as the home of grunge, but Edmonton offers venues for every taste in music. O’Byrne’s in Old Strathcona or The Druid downtown feature fine, spirited Celtic folk while The Pawn Shop on Whyte Avenue cranks out downright legendary punk rock, and upcoming festivals.

“The music scene in Edmonton is eclectic and it’s the real thing,” says Michael Purcell, General Manager of Blues on Whyte at the Commercial Hotel, a landmark Edmonton hotel celebrating 140 years as a music venue in 2012. When asked what makes the glossy pop of TV’s American Idol different than what happens onstage at Blues on Whyte seven nights a week, Purcell says, “American Idol controls what you want to hear. We just give you the real thing. Real music. That’s what the blues is. That’s why people come here.”

One of the most interesting ways to spend a Saturday afternoon in Edmonton is to head to the much lauded Saturday afternoon jam at Blues on Whyte in the Old Strathcona area. From an Edmonton convention delegate to a university professor to a lawyer or judge, music buffs pick a table, any table and it is often said that if you don’t like the people you’re sitting with at your table, go two tables down and you’ll find yourself sitting with a totally different type of crowd. It is an eclectic group noted for everyone getting along. For more on Blues o Whyte, visit http://www.bluesonwhyte.ca

The longest running Canadian festival the Kiwanis Music Festival celebrates its 102nd year from April 19 through May 4, creating over 2500 opportunities for music students, musicians and music lovers to perform in front of a crowd and receive professional adjudication. Crooner Robert Goulet got his start with the Kiwanis Music Festival and the festival is just around example of music happening in Canada’s festival city of Edmonton as the “real thing”. For more on the Kiwanis Music Festival, visit http://www.edmontonkiwanis.com/musicfest/.

Other fantastically eclectic Canadian festivals featuring real live music in Edmonton and area include the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, June 25 – July 4, 2010, the 25th Anniversary of the Blueberry Bluegrass Country Music Festival, July 30 – August 1, 2010, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, August 5 – 8, 2010 and the 12th Annual Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival, August 20 – 22, 2010, Western Canada’s premier blues event, in Hawrelak Park, in Edmonton’s scenic river valley, which is 22 times larger than New York City’s famed Central Park.

For more information about Edmonton, Alberta, visit http://www.edmonton.com

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