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    A thousand years ago it was Tiffany's (with the Earl's parrot hanging outside) - some kind of Bali-style import shop. When I lived in the neighbourhood it was a couple different vintage shops. Big kudos to the owners/proprietors who are nothing if not persistent. I also wonder if their timing (unintentionally so) isn't just about perfect - they started trying to get this venue on its feet well before the rise and fall of The Needle.

    The Artery was the best venue in town for several years - the true inheritor of the Sidetrack mantle. The Aviary is going to be the same and we're a better city for it. Can't wait.

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    ^ I would have been under the impression that the Needle was the inheritor of that mantle before they shut down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    A thousand years ago it was Tiffany's (with the Earl's parrot hanging outside) - some kind of Bali-style import shop.
    Ah the bird store with the bird outside, I wondered if "Aviary" was a nod to that. Good to have some life return to that area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    ^ I would have been under the impression that the Needle was the inheritor of that mantle before they shut down.
    IMHO, The Needle had no soul to it.

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    The sidetrack was more than soul, though. It was also a little more accessible for the less bohemian of us than most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander II View Post
    The sidetrack was more than soul, though. It was also a little more accessible for the less bohemian of us than most.
    The Sidetrack put the music first. The Needle put the $ first. That's the feeling I got when I was in there, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudly View Post
    Trying to picture this venue... what was it before?
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    Could have been the whiskey, might have been the gin... but whatever friggin' pixie dust the guys running The Aviary sprinkle around just works. And works spectacularly. A nothing special room, warm and inviting undoubtedly but not exceptional, is the cradle of live music in Edmonton once again. Maybe it's just because it's not a basement (I'm looking at you Sewing Machine Factory, 9910) - whatever it is WE are fortunate to have this. The city should be ashamed of whatever impediments they threw up which delayed this project.

    It doesn't hurt that Daniel Romano and his band shook hands with the rock gods on occasion last night. They rushed a couple of hits off the album but the new tunes were impeccable.

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    Anyone been to The Rec Room at SEC for a band? I've been tempted by a couple of acts but haven't made it out there just yet. Start times decent? More importantly, end times decent?

    Wednesday 28th Faith Healer and Jom Comyn are playing. Two excellent Edmonton bands. They would make it worth an onerous trip to the distant ex-urbs.

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    ^
    Not been, but it looks like the trips not too bad, compared to some places in SEC. Ten minute bus ride on 74 from Century Park, and the bus stop isn't too far from the Rec Room.

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    Good one U. I'm on the #8 route so I always think of going by way of millwoods but the train to Century Park and then the 74 makes much more sense.

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    Good news...

    http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2018...-starlite-room

    According to Boyd, the new stage lets Starlite Room provide a kind of gradient or “scale system” of space for touring artists. Temple’s stage is roughly the size of Brixx’s stage. Smaller and underground acts can use Temple, depending on their audience draw, as the compact space can make a show feel more energetic and full, Boyd said.

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    Starlite Room operators are also re-working the venue proper, working with the idea that more aggressive bands with underground appeal — and smaller local acts — can take the stage in Temple, while mainstream acts can play Starlite Room itself.

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    Gigcity wrote about Temple here: http://www.gigcity.ca/2018/02/07/mus...-the-starlite/

    Also, the proprietors of the Rendezvous Pub at 149 street are apparently in the line of site for any West LRT interchange. They were at the public meeting the other night talking about losing the business. Mostly metal shows but I've enjoyed seeing bands there in the past.

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    Yeah, they have a good stage there. The layout of the rest of the bar is kind of weird, but it still works ok.

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    Popped into Brass Tracks (the old Brittany's space) on 97 st. No one was playing but I had a beer and a nice chat with the owners. The place is completely renovated - they moved the stage to the front of the room, looks good. Weekdays they're open for coffee trade at 8:30 am.

    The Nook on 97 st hosted Beer Choir Friday night. Looked like a bit of fun. More options all the time along that strip - just need some bodies to start patronizing the area. Go To Something Edmonton.

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