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9 Iconic Music Venues Every Canadian Should Experience

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1. The Seahorse Tavern

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In the 1940s, The Seahorse Tavern became the first establishment in Halifax with a license to sell beer. Since then it has continued to break ground and earn a reputation for consistently hosting top-notch musical talent.

2. Ranchman's

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Ranchman's specializes in booking exciting country artists and has been dominating the format for 43 years. The award-winning venue has remained true to the vision of its original founders Harris Dvorkin and Kevin Baker, providing a haven for country fans from all over Calgary.

5. Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club

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Curation is key at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, where owner John Scoles makes music a focal point. As a result of his philosophy, the historic venue has highlighted artists from all musical backgrounds during its tenure as a sonic staple in Winnipeg.

6. The Roxy

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This vibrant club keeps its rotation interesting with a dynamic schedule of live music, DJs, and themed events. Celebrity sightings are not out of the question at The Roxy, where Vancouver night owls flock to hit the dance floor.

7. Foufounes Éléctriques

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Foufounes Éléctriques is the oldest alternative rock venue in Montreal and one of the best places for fans of metal and punk rock to catch a show in the city. Over time the space has helped foster a sense of community among audiences seeking the best underground music and eclectic performance styles.

8. The Brunswick House

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The Brunswick House — or "The Brunny," as it's sometimes referred to by regulars — is a popular Toronto pub that has no trouble filling up with energetic patrons looking for an upbeat, dance-friendly vibe.

9. Bistro à Jojo

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This late-night hot spot hosts a lineup that caters to Montreal's diehard fans of blues and rock. The cheerful atmosphere provides an ideal backdrop for concertgoers to grab a drink while taking in live music.