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More big name musical acts stop over here than any other place its size

From large theatres to intimate clubs to rural halls, the region punches above its weight in high-quality musical performances.


DJ sets and live bands can be enjoyed many nights of the week in Nelson at Spirit Bar (under the historic Hume Hotel), The Royal on Baker Street, Finley's Bar & Grill, and Bloom nightclub.


Many of the establishments in the area have live music that you can enjoy every night of the week. Enjoy your visits to the Library Lounge at the Hume Hotel, Falls Music Lounge at Savoy Hotel, Finley's, West Coast Grill, Red Light Ramen, BlueBelle Bistro, The Royal, Backroads Brewing, and the Kaslo Hotel Pub


The region is home to the world-famous Shambhala music festival near Salmo, and other great music festivals such as Blue NightKaslo Jazz Etc Festival, Nelson International Mural Festival, and Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir.


The famous "Kootenay vibe" runs through the arts and heritage of our region. With more heritage buildings per capita than anywhere else in British Columbia, Nelson’s and Kaslo's culture can be seen in our historic and gorgeously-restored homes, shops and buildings.

See our annual events page and our events calendar for upcoming music in the region.

Bloom Nightclub

Bloom Nightclub in Nelson BC

Bloom is Nelson BC's newest nightclub, featuring a living wall, world-class visuals and lighting, and a state-of-the-art PK sound system.

Blue Night Nelson

Blue Night Nelson

Sporadic evening art event with multiple venues in Nelson, BC.

Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre Nelson BC

A landmark, a historical building and a remarkable theatre to come relax and enjoy some live entertainment, for all ages.

The Civic Theatre

Civic Theatre Nelson BC

With a state-of-the-art sound system and screen the Civic Theatre has captured the hearts of local residents and movie enthusiasts from across the continent. 

Finley's Bar & Grill

Finley's Bar & Grill Logo

In the heart of downtown historic Nelson, Finley's is a trendy, polished, upscale spot to enjoy amazing, home made, delicious pub food. and music on any night. 

Kaslo Guitar Fest

Kaslo Guitar Fest is a week-long educational opportunity for classical guitar students at all skill levels. There will be concerts that are also open to the public.

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival

Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival

A diversity of musical genres, craft refreshment vending, a special children's entertainment tent, intimate workshops, and scenic beach surroundings. Exceptional talent, esquisite venue. 

Langham Cultural Centre

Langham Cultural Centre in Kaslo BC

Over the past 4 decades, the Langham Cultural Society has provided gallery shows, theatre, concerts, films and performances, poetry and prose readings, and workshops.

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre

An array of instruments displayed at Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre in Kaslo BC.

It is the Folklore Centres intention to carry a diverse range of instruments that relate to the many cultural genres of music that are blending together in todays global community. 

Shambhala Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival 2018

Shambhala is a celebration of music, art and life, steeped in one of the most beautiful festival venues in the world.


Hume Hotel and Spa

While Spiritbar resembles a nightclub you might expect to find in an urban, cosmopolitan centre, it is infused with a spirit that is distinctly Nelson, hosting local and internationally established and upcoming acts.

Tiny Lights Festival

Tiny Lights Festival

Our festival is unlike any other, with 7 historic venues running for three days with over 100 performances.




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