Small in Size, Big in Sound

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many musical events and gatherings have been postponed or altered to align with current PHO protocol. Please refer to businesses' websites, event pages, and the latest from the PHSA for the most up-to-date information.

Rock to jazz, folk to electronic; the Nelson & Kootenay Lake region has been a hotbed of incredible and varied music for years. From festival grounds to intimate theatres, there's something somewhere for anyone to enjoy.

#OurPlace - Rooted In Culture

Hailing from Argenta in North Kootenay Lake, nationally renowned musicians Moontricks deftly blend electronic and folk to create a sound that is truly their own. We caught up with Sean Rodman and learned how our region influences him and his music, and what it means to him to be a Kootenay artist.


Though it looks a little different these days, there's still fun to be had after dark in Nelson. DJ sets and live bands can be enjoyed many nights of the week in Nelson at PitchforkThe Royal on Baker Street, Finley's Bar & Grill, and Bloom nightclub. Please respect all COVID-19 protocol with regards to current events.


Many of the establishments in the area feature live music through the week. Notable places include the Library Lounge at the Hume Hotel, Finley's, Red Light Ramen, The Royal, and the Kaslo Hotel & Pub and Bluebelle Bistro in Kaslo. Please respect all COVID-19 protocol with regards to current events.


The region is home to the world-famous Shambhala music festival near Salmo, and other great music festivals such as Starbelly JamBlue NightKaslo Jazz Etc Festival, Nelson International Mural Festival, and Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir. Stay tuned in 2022 for the hopeful return of some of these local favourites!

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

Local Music - Playlists

To get you acquainted with some of our local artists, we've created playlists showcasing the latest and greatest to come out of the Nelson & Kootenay Lake region! Check them out on your preferred platform.




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