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Venues in Kelowna

by eiKelowna.com

Music Venues in Kelowna

Arena, Theatres, Pubs, Clubs, Restaurants, etc.

Kelowna is home to dozens of venues that host music events either regularily or occasionally. They include an arena, several theatres, and many pubs and restaurants that have artists or bands playing on the weekends or even more frequently.

The majority of music venues are in the downtown core, but there are many hot spots throughout the city, out on the edges, and in West Kelowna and Lake Country as well.

NOTE - The COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial emergency delcaration have put a hold on live music performances in Kelowna and across BC. As restrictions loosen and live events start getting booked again, this page and others in our music section will begin to fill up again.

The Arena

Prospera Place

1223 Water Street
Kelowna

The arival of Prospera Place put Kelowna solidly on the map for major artists and bands when touring Western Canada. The arena won the award for best venue of its size in all of Canada shortly after opening and has been hosting big concerts ever since.

Past performers have included Bryan Adams, Sting, Elton John, Ray Charles, Chicago, Steve Earle, Matchbox Twenty, Dwight Yoakum and countless others.

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The Theatres

Kelowna Community Theatre

Downtown in the Cultural District, KCT hosts the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra as well as many touring artists.

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Mary Irwin Theatre

Also downtown in the Cultural District, the Mary Irwin Theatre brings in smaller name artists and hosts events such as wedding expos and awards shows.

Mission Dance Company at Mary Irwin
The Nutcracker
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Mission Dance Company at Mary Irwin
The Nutcracker
Friday, December 23, 2022
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Creekside Theatre

Out in Lake Country, Creekside Theatre welcomes acts year round from a broad range of genres.

Chris Buck & Friends at Creekside Theatre
Nashville Style Writers' Round
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Songs of the Southern Belles at Creekside Theatre
Evening Show
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Bianca Berkland at Creekside Theatre
Ticketed Event $39
Saturday, January 14, 2023
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The Clubs & Pubs

97th St Pub

Shalisa Liesch at 97 St Pub
Evening Show
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Shalisa Liesch at 97 St Pub
Evening Show
Friday, December 16, 2022
Shalisa Liesch at 97 St Pub
Evening Show
Friday, January 27, 2023
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Barn Owl Brewing

This new craft brewery is now hosting live music on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Jessica Le at Barn Owl Brewing
Evening Show
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Graham Ord at Barn Owl Brewing
Afternoon Show
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Dan Tait at Barn Owl Brewing
Afternoon Show
Sunday, December 11, 2022
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Blue Gator

The long standing home of the blues in downtown Kelowna. Under normal circumstances, live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Don't Speak at The Blue Gator
First of Two Nights
Friday, December 2, 2022
Don't Speak at The Blue Gator
Last of Two Nights
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Headway at The Blue Gator
First of Two Nights
Friday, December 9, 2022
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Caché Lounge

This hidden gem, tucked away inside the Prestige Inn, is closed for the time being. Hoping to re-open when Covid-19 restrictions lessen.

Copper Brewing

Shalisa Liesch at Copper Brewing
Evening Show
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Paul Byrne at Copper Brewing
Evening Show
Friday, December 2, 2022
Dan Tait at Copper Brewing
Evening Show
Friday, December 9, 2022
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Friends of Dorothy Lounge

Kelowna's LGBT2Q+ lounge in the heart of downtown.

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Lakesider Brewing

Jeff PIattelli at Lakesider Brewing
Evening Show
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Shalisa Liesch at Lakesider Brewing
Evening Show
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Dueling Divas at Lakesider Brewing
Solo Request show featuring Brittany Graling
Saturday, December 17, 2022
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Mission Tap House

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O'Flannigan's

Open Mic at O'Flannigan's
Hosted by Jeff Piattelli
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Bush Party at O'Flannigan's
First of Two Nights
Friday, December 2, 2022
Bush Party at O'Flannigan's
Last of Two Nights
Saturday, December 3, 2022
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Red Bird Brewing

Red Bird is currently doing a major renovation and when it's complete will result in both an indoor live music space as well as an outdoor one. Please be patient for live music to return in spring 2022.

Jesse Roper at Red Bird Brewing
with Jackfish Narros
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Swamp Honey at Red Bird Brewing
Evening Show
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Under The Rocks at Red Bird Brewing
Evening Show
Saturday, December 10, 2022
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Rustic Reel Taproom

Rustic Reel is a craft brewery in the north end of Kelowna that features live music on Thursday nights.

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Shore Line Brewing

Shore Line, situated directly across from the lake, is making its mark on the scene by bringing in live music on Monday evenings.

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Soma Craft Cidery

Located in East Kelowna, Soma Craft Cidery is hosting live music in its new 65 seat lounge a couple times per month.

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Whiski-Jack's

West Kelowna's busiest live music venue for decades, and they're booking again!

Jeff Piattelli at Whiski-Jacks
Evening Show
Friday, December 16, 2022
Jeff Piattelli at Whiski-Jacks
New Years Eve Show
Saturday, December 31, 2022
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The Restaurants

The Curious Cafe

Quickly becoming a favourite Kelowna listening room thanks to the private outdoor patio and carefully selected singer/songrwriter performers

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Dunnenzies Downtown

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Dunnenzies Mission

In the building that housed The Minstrel Cafe for decades, DunnEnzies is doing its best to re-establish the location as one of the premier live music venues in town.

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Grizzly Bear Bistro + Bar

Out by the airport, and hosting live music 3 days a week.

Giselle Sanderson at Grizzly Bear Bistro + Bar
CANCELLED
Friday, December 16, 2022
Giselle Sanderson at Grizzly Bear Bistro + Bar
CANCELLED
Friday, January 27, 2023
Giselle Sanderson at Grizzly Bear Bistro + Bar
CANCELLED
Friday, February 17, 2023
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Hector's Casa

Major Mambo at Hector's Casa
CANCELLED
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Marmalade Cat Cafe

Gail & Karl at Marmalade Cat Cafe
First Fridays with Gail & Karl
Friday, December 2, 2022

Memphis Blues

James Hay at Memphis Blues
Dinner Show at 5:30
Thursday, December 1, 2022
James Hay at Memphis Blues
Dinner Show at 5:30
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Salt & Brick

Salt & Brick is centrally located downtown on Bernard Ave.

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Sammy Js

Sammy Js has just nicely tipped their toe into the whole live music thing when Covid hit. Here's hoping they're all the way back in when things are back to normal.

Soul de Cuba

Major Mambo at Soul de Cuba
Monthly Show
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Vintner's Grill

Vintner's Poolside Grill has been providing live music 2 nights a week for years, although like many others they are paused during these Covid times.

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West Coast Grill & Oyster Bar

Wings Kelowna

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The Rest

Blind Tiger Vineyards

Live music is on hold until the warm weather returns, but what a gorgeous setting for catching some tunes.

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Forbidden Spirits

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Frind Estate Winery

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Grizzli Winery

Paolo Rigoni at Grizzli Winery
Happy Hour Music
Friday, December 9, 2022
Nevaeh Dyson at Grizzli Winery
Happy Hour Music
Friday, January 20, 2023
Nevaeh Dyson at Grizzli Winery
Happy Hour Music
Friday, February 17, 2023
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Mission Hill Winery

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O'Rourke's Peak Cellars

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Priest Creek Winery

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Rotary Centre for the Arts

Weekly jazz jams and School of Blues sessions, as well as other music events, happen regularly in the atrium space just inside the RCA.

Jazz Jam at the RCA
Weekly Jazz Session
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Major Mambo at the RCA
Evening Show
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Open Mic at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
Hosted by Vaguely Obsessed
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
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Sandhill Wines

Shakers Lounge

In Urban Distilleries.

Poppa Dawg at Urban Distilleries
in Shakers Cocktail Lounge
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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Sperling Vineyards

On Benvoilin close to Father Pandosy Mission, this winery started hosting music late in 2021.

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Vibrant Vine

Several shows a weekend, often from Thursday through Sunday, means The Vibrant Vine may in fact be the busiest live music venue in Kelowna these days. Ample open spaces, tables far apart, Okanagan summer days and evenings. Lots to like.

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Waterfront Park

Out of Town

Blue Grotto

In Kamloops

BX Press Cider

In Vernon

Predator Ridge Resort

Summerland Lakefront Resort

The Globe Cafe

Up at Big White Ski Resort

Jon Bos at Globe Cafe
Evening Show
Friday, December 2, 2022
Jon Bos at Globe Cafe
Evening Show up at Big White
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Jon Bos at Globe Cafe
Apres Ski Show
Sunday, December 4, 2022

The Longhorn Pub

In Vernon

Three Scotch In at The Longhorn Pub
Evening Show
Friday, December 2, 2022
BC/DC at The Longhorn Pub
SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 3, 2022
NFA at The Longhorn Pub
One Night Only
Friday, February 10, 2023
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Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

In Vernon

Venues We Lost

Doc Willoughby's

Doc's has sold and in its place will be Bernie's, a venue that will be focused on film and which may feature music occassionally. A huge loss to the local music scene as it hosted well over a thousand live music events during its decades as one of the busiest venues in the scene.

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House of Rose Winery

House of Rose, under the ownership of Aura Rose, hosted live music events two days a week during the summer months for 8 years. The winery and vineyards have been sold, and the new owners will no longer be even running a winery, let alone hosting live music. A great variety of musicians played House of Rose over the years, and the venue will be missed.

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Italian Kitchen

The Italian Kitchen in Lake Country unfortunately suffered a catastrophic fire in September. The owners looked for a new location but unfortunately have ultimately decided not to reopen. It was a great venue for dinner jazz for a number of years.

MTL

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Reviews

Jesse Cook at Kelowna Community Theatre

Jesse Cook

Other-Worldly World Music Performance at KCT

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Mavis Staples at Kelowna Community Theatre

Mavis Staples

True "Tour-de-Force" Performance at KCT

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Santana at Prospera Place

Carlos Santana

Running The Hell Away From Normal

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